I was talking with a friend traveller and we realized that, besides the obvious–seeing back everyone, half-unpacking, doing your laundry–there are multiple things we never thought we would miss during a long trip abroad. Here’s my list:
- Sit on the toilet: Deep down, I’m a germaphobe.
- Take a long bath: I rarely miss it while travelling, but as soon as I’m back and I see the bath it hits me, and I take baths for a whole month.
- Put on different shoes, clothes, anything DIFFERENT: I just can’t look at what I’ve been wearing for four months.
- Look at my reflection in every mirror I pass: It’s not something I do a lot when I travel; sometimes I don’t even have access to a mirror, so it’s weird to notice the changes in my face after that long.
- Open the cupboard: O.M.G. What’s that word again? Choice? I actually have a choice else than spaghetti or tomato sandwich? I’m going to cook the neighborhood some crazy elaborate meal just ’cause I can.
- Spend a day in reading books and watching movies: Uniting with my old life. There’s a lot of catching up to do.
- Give away half of your clothes: It can come harsh as a slap, the realization that you actually don’t need that many clothes. But the act of giving away two huge bags full of your clothes … liberating.
- Discover your own city: After all, the wanderlust in you never trully fades.
What do you guys do first when you’re back from a long trip? What things you find yourself missing when you’re abroad?