Everyone who travels thinks of home. There is always an occasion when that longing for familiarity and the things we value appears. Even the most hardened traveller who takes the longest journeys will tell you that there is always a moment when they ask themselves why on earth they are wherever they are and just want to be home, before the thought fades and they move on.
So what does home mean to the traveller. Meet fellow travellers and ask them what they look forward to about home and the answer will range from having a wardrobe, to my own bed, to my friends, to my family, to work, to sport, to the garden. Some travellers have just had enough of the constant moving and lack of certainty of travelling and they just crave to be there amongst familiar things and never travel again. Some have a more philosophical attitude to home and how it connects to their travels, as if there is some spiritual or philosophical connection between travel and home.
Most travel writers deal with “home” in their writings in one way or another:
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow . Lin Yutang
“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” G.K. Chesterton
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
“When one is traveling, everything looks brighter and lovelier. That does not mean it IS brighter and lovelier; it just means that sweet, kindly home suffers in comparison to tarted-up foreign places with all their jewels on.” Catheryne Valente.
“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.” J Maarten Troost
For me its great to get home, for the one reason if for no other, that it’s the very best place in the world to sit down and dream and plan to leave again.