Being homesick is natural – you go off travelling, or get married and move away, or just move away from your hometown. You eventually miss certain things of your home, the comfort of having family nearby, the comforts of familiar places to go to, whether its a shopping mall or favourite restaurant. You get homesick. It is normal. But travelsickness? Is that even a thing??
I believe it is. I have heard this from fellow travellers who have experienced this. They are away from home for a year or more, come back home and adjust to being back home, and then experience “travelsickness”. That feeling of being on the road seeing new things, or living in another country and missing walking to the Castle in the evening (yes – I am talking about me!).
I am excited and happy to be back in Canada. I truly am. But I would be lying to say that I don’t miss being in Europe, or travelling through Chile, or teaching the kids in China. I must state here that while I miss the kids in China a lot, I do not miss being in the country of China!
I miss Prague. Especially now that the Christmas season is almost here – walking through the Christmas markets, the hot wine, the sounds and smells of Wenceslas Square, the serenity of Prague Castle at night, the busyness of Karluv Most, and the amazing friends I met there. I miss Prague. A lot. I look back at my pictures and reminisce of my time there, and feel nostalgic. Prague was my home for almost two years. Living so close to Prague Castle was like a dream come true. One day, I will go back and visit. To inhale the aroma of the city. To envelop myself within the city. To see old friends and enjoy a beer in Letna Park, people watching, chatting and enjoying my time there once again.
I miss Chile. The walks on the beach. The warmth of the sun. The amazingness of the Atacama desert. The feeling of peace that I felt while I was there. The feeling of joy that I experienced. I discovered a lot of myself in Chile, and I treasure the time I got to spend there. I have become an even more positive person from that trip through Chile.
So yes, I am happy to be back in Canada, but I miss my adventures of the past three years. My adventures aren’t over – I am starting a new chapter in my life, which I know will be a positive one for me. But for now, I am going to accept the fact that I have travelsickness. And it’s okay.