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Homecoming after a six month trip

In early 2014 we left home with a 12 kg backpack each and with dreams of traveling across the world for six months. We wanted to get a culture shock and experience a nomadic way of life. Like everyone else we thought we were bold to leave the comforts of a stable job and a cozy home to live out of a backpack. Leaving home and loved ones behind, we thought, would be the toughest.

leaving home
Saying goodbye was surprisingly not that tough!

The six months went by so quickly. But let me tell you, they were the best six months of our life so far! ๐Ÿ™‚ Life on the road, the excitement of changing places once every third or fourth day, meeting new people, making friends, going to those places which we had only seen in travel magazines was something words cannot express! We did not know where our next meal would come from. We had no solid plans for the next day. Living in the moment and savoring life was what we were doing. ๐Ÿ™‚

enjoying life
The carefree life! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let us now fast forward to the present. It has been close to one month since we returned home. I clearly remember our flight back to Bangalore from Kolkata. We felt it to be one of the longest flights in the trip. Our minds felt numb and full of mixed feelings. Slowly it dawned upon us that we were going back home for good! All the wonderful times we had in the last few months flashed across my mind and for the first time, I got scared of going back home. I dreaded the feeling of a routine life, 9 to 5 job, and the traffic that was awaiting us.

Little did we realize that coming back home would beย a bigger culture shock than going to those far-away lands!

The warm welcome we had at the airport by our parents temporarily pushed aside all our unpleasant feelings. Thereโ€™s nothing like a hug from your mom to welcome you home, right? We felt good to be with our loved ones again.

family welcome
Meeting the loved ones after six months!

But it did not last long. We soon started feeling strange, as if we could not relate to most of the things that were going on around us. We felt so out-of-place, as though we did not belong there.

out of place
Culture shock – at our own place?!

We also realized that many people were really not interested in what we experienced around the world but were happy to have us back safe. Nothing much had changed in these six months. Of course people had got engaged or married, had babies, bought a new home or car but their life remained pretty much the same.

The everyday chatter and complaints seemed less important and more of a noise to us. The fact that both of us felt the same things kind of assured us that this was normal!

It is only then we realized that it was us who had changed a lot! People around us had not experienced what we had. We had to accept the truth that life on the road had made its mark on us.

Someone has rightly said, โ€œItโ€™s a funny thing about cominโ€™ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. Youโ€™ll realize whatโ€™s changed is you.โ€ ย 

Eventually we found a new house and moved into it, enjoyed home cooked food, got back to our old jobs and are in the process of accepting the routine. I think within a short time weโ€™ll get back into the groove. But we are and will definitely continue to miss being nomads! The uncertainty and excitement, the strange sights, meeting travellers and exploring will be missed thoroughly.

Our minds are filled with new ideas and lessons that travel has taught us. We are sure our lives are not going to be the same again.

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Travel has changed us for good!

Oh, wait! Thereโ€™s a long weekend coming up! My feet have started to itchย again! ๐Ÿ˜‰


12 thoughts to “Homecoming after a six month trip”

  1. Welcome back, Gayathri ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure it is very much challenging to adjust back to your routine.Being nomadic is inherent in us and that is what is meant to be normal. Unfortunately, a confined life is considered to be a ‘normal’ one. Hope things change because of travel ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Jeevitha!
      That’s so true. While we were on the move, we constantly felt that humans are meant to be nomads. Moving from one place to another came so naturally to us. I’m sure things have and will change because of travel. Happy traveling! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. i recently read a quote, let me sum it up- travel has made me grow up so much that feel i no longer fit into this gaint puzzle board!!!

    Welcome back home ๐Ÿ™‚ best way to settle in is to carry those experiences in your heart and share it, let other people see through your eyes as to what they miss in this daily grind…

    best way to put meaning to accumulating is by sharing, though i understand that you mentioned not many are intrstd to know, but there are handfull of them waiting too..

    1. Hey Sam,
      Very well said! The quote sums up what we are going through. I’m all eager to share our experiences as I believe firmly in this – In vain have you acquired knowledge, if you do not share it with others. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for reinforcing my belief.

  3. Dearest Gayathri and Vijay, Yes, what you are feeling is completely normal. Most of us, most of the time settle-in -into our own little routine, predictable worlds out of a desire for comfort and security. It is exhausting to be traveling and to not know where you will be tomorrow. The only answer I have found is a balance of comfort/security with excitement and unknown. That said, I look forward to your next visit to Bangkok to offset the routine, predictable little world of work-a-day Bangalore. I miss you but now is time for you to rest, relax, recover and prepare for your next (temporary) adventure. Love, Cliff

    1. Hi Cliff!
      Very aptly said, as always ๐Ÿ™‚ You have been a constant source of support and good thoughts to us. We are glad we met you. Looking forward to your visit to India. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I envy you that you could travel for 6 months straight ๐Ÿ™‚ I just returned after 1 month solo backpacking in Thailand and miss all the fun, experience and amazing people I met already. It has been almost 1 week now and I haven’t been able to settle into my routine based life yet. It feels different after a no-planning based routine I was living for 1 month. I still get up in the morning and look around if my dorm room inmates are still sleeping!

    I know the next long trip is coming soon. Keep travelling and stay happy!

  5. Six months travelling! Wow! I hope you will have collected plenty of thoughts for plenty of exciting articles. Look forward to reading them.

    Malacca is so beautiful, your pics brought back memories…

  6. Wow!!! That was just amazing. I am going to meet these guys in an hour. I am excited. I know I am going to get a lot of mind blowing tips from them for my nomadic life.

    You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

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