For people who love to travel, the thought of home is often secondary, if not downright loathsome or terrifying. While we wile away at our 9-5′s or type up that next term paper, our minds so often wander abroad.
It’s to be expected of course. Travel perpetually offers excitement, new experiences, and the freshness of being in an unfamiliar place: that oh-so-pleasant over-stimulation. It’s the wonderful distraction from our normally mundane daily living.
Travel offers more than escape from our lives, however. In fact, travel can make us appreciate our homes in ways we might never have thought. While we’re at home daydreaming of adventures overseas, thinking of all the things we can’t wait to get away from, we’re often forgetting to look right under our noses at the conveniences and beauties of our own home. Funny enough, never can this become more clear than when we’re away, looking at home from the other side.
Here are eight things you might discover about home the next time you take off on that big trip:
1. That special “local’s knowledge” you never knew you had
What we take for granted at home may astound us when we travel. Upon landing we’re suddenly thrust into completely unfamiliar surroundings. The formerly simple now confounds, the known now unknown. How do I pay for a ticket on the bus? Is this neighborhood safe at night? Where’s the local spot for cheap beer?
When we’re traveling, we remember how much we know about our home and how sweet it is to be a local.
At home, we navigate the bus system without a thought, and we know which nights of the week churn out the live music. Knowledge of the best burger in town is an innate part of our being.
Why is it always best to ask the locals for advice? Because where we live runs in our veins. When we’re traveling, we remember how much we know about our home and how sweet it is to be a local.
2. Your own backyard
There are French art museums and Egyptian pyramids. You go to Peru to go hiking, hit those Thai beaches to soak up the sun, and go on safari in Africa. The world offers us so much it’s impossible to ignore. How come we often ignore all those treasures that our own cities and countries bestow us?
When you’re traveling, it may dawn on you how much you’ve missed right where you live.
If you’ve never “traveled” your own country before, traveling in others may open your eyes to the possibilities. There you are, an American hiking in Nepal, yet you’ve never seen the Rockies? You may find yourself alone, Irish, marveling at colonial architecture in Mexico when you suddenly realize that you pass by older, equally beautiful buildings on the way to work every day.
When you’re traveling, it may dawn on you how much you’ve missed right where you live, and you may find yourself making plans to discover the attractions listed in our own town’s tourist brochure.