Fourteen months away and here I am. I’m back in my hometown, staying at my parents’ house. I haven’t lived here in over two years, which isn’t very long, but it is long enough for it to feel very strange to be back. Sometimes it feels as if I’ve never left this place, as if it was all a dream.
So much has changed within me, but everything here seems basically the same. The time would have gone by regardless, but I did so much more with it than I ever would have by staying here.
So, now that I’m here, the big question is, should I stay or should I go? Continue reading
I was warned of reverse culture shock. I had experienced it before, but this time I had been away for much longer.
I felt so safe in Australia, I felt pretty safe in Southeast Asia, I definitely felt safe in New Zealand, and then I came home.
Travel mistakes happen. One is booking a flight for the wrong day, like my friend did when he showed up at the airport to fly out of New Zealand in May and realized that he accidentally booked his ticket for August. Or like my mistake, when I made plans with multiple people on different occasions and told them the wrong dates of my arrival.
This most recent travel mishap is one that I messed up not once, not twice, but three stupid times.
You know that feeling you get when you’re on your last day of vacation?
You’re trying to soak up the sun one last time, but you feel restless on the beach because in just a few hours, you’re going to have to head home.
You start thinking of the upcoming week and all the things you have to do back in “reality,” and you have a bit of a bittersweet feeling. You might let out a sigh and think “Ah, well, this has been wonderful, but it’s time to head home.”
That feeling describes how I felt when I got back to Melbourne this time around. Continue reading
Wine tours can be great! You have a designated driver, you have the whole day planned out for you, and all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the wine!
Wine tours are a lot of fun, but sometimes it is even more exciting to plan a day in wine country on your own. You can hand-pick the wineries, stay as long as you want at each one, and have the flexibility to change your plans as you go.
I have a friend that I met in Thailand. He’s from Germany. Thailand was his first solo trip abroad.
Before he left home, he planned to go on the three week trip, return to Germany, and start working toward a Master’s Degree in his field.
When he got to Thailand, he made really close friends. These people had been traveling for months or years, and they were going to continue traveling. His eyes were opened to a whole new way of life. Continue reading