Things I Don’t Miss About Home That I Thought I Would

I’ve been travelling for about 5 months straight now… a pretty freaking long time fo most people in the world. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how well my expectation matched up with the reality of long-term travel. Some things have worked out exactly how I planned, and other’s not so much. One thing I’ve realized is that I can actually do without a lot of the comforts of home quite easily. Much more easily than I could have anticipated.

Things that I Surprisingly Do Not Miss:

My travel uniform
  • My wardrobe– At home I had a lot of clothes- something for every possible occasion and then some. Now, I consider myself a fashion success if I don’t wear the same t-shirt three days in a row. If we conveniently ignore my fashion freak out last week, downsizing to an absolutely tiny wardrobe has been no problem at all. I barely even notice anymore.

  • Wearing make-up– On a similar note, I used to wear make-up every single day- to work, to the bars, wherever. Now I might put on a little mascara and eye shadow if I’m going out on the town, but otherwise I am fresh faced every single day. No hair dryers or straightening irons either. And the weird thing is I really don’t think I look any different than I did before.
    I have even LESS stuff now

  • Owning Stuff– This really ties in with the top two. Before I left I was pretty worried with how I would deal with living out of a backpack without all of the amenities I’d been so used to all my life. Turned out it really hasn’t been a big deal. I have the things I need, I find the things I don’t and when it comes down to it- I really don’t need all that much.

    Karaoke in China
  • My Social LifeI super love my friends, and at home I used to go out to happy hours, sporting events and bars on a multi-weekly basis. Nowadays I’m usually too tired, or busy working to go out most nights. But that’s okay, when I DO manage to get out I meet all sorts of interesting new people, instead of being clustered with my friends at the table in the corner. Plus, beer is cheaper here anyway.
    Yummy wantons in Shanghai

  • Western Food- I get the occasional serious Mexican food craving, but usually I’m too busy eating awesome local food to care. Anyways, if I’m seriously jonesing, a slice of pizza is usually not too far away.

  • Diet Coke– This one’s a cheat- turns out you can find coke products pretty much anywhere in the world, so my addiction can continue unchallenge.

What are some things that you thought you would miss about home, but shockingly have not?

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38 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Miss About Home That I Thought I Would”

  1. I feel so connected to you considerig the pants I recommended made it into your travel uniform. Does that makeup for me taking all your clothes when you left??

  2. This is great! I can totally relate to the “being too tired to go out” part….whenever I’m on the road I do so much during the day that staying out all night is the last thing on my mind.

  3. What I found most interesting, was that like you, I didn’t miss much about home (aside from the occasional burrito and my friends and family) either. However, as soon as I got home, all those comforts and things I had downsized or cut, quickly came back into my life.

    It’s been amazing to see how quickly you can adjust to not having something (like a wardrobe) and being perfectly cool with it. Now that I’m home though, that shopping kick went back into full force and my closet once again seems to be bursting at the seams. How quickly we RE-adjust to the comforts of a home life.

    Though, I’d still trade my full closet for a backpack and journal full of adventures any day.

    1. Eeee, this makes perfect sense to me as I’ve experienced it in the past. Not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to a full face of make up though.

  4. I’ve been back more or less “settled” for a bit now and I still haven’t bothered filling up my closets. I used to just walk around with a little bit of cash in one front pocket and my ID/debit card hidden in another pocket so I never had to carry around a purse. Becoming free of the purse was such an amazing thing that I have to force myself to take one out now!! 🙂
    But you can always find coke ANYWERE! Back in the 80s my parents found us vending machines full of cold cokes on a hot sunny day in the middle of small fishing village on one of the small southern most islands of Japan!

  5. When I just had one bag, I really actually kind of did miss my clothes. Or at least having options & not having to wear the same thing everyday. But now that I had to up my belongings to two bags (I’m working, so I actually need to show up in real pants… as opposed to capris or some weird concoction I came up with in a Thai market), it’s kind of stressful getting dressed in the morning. I don’t even have that many clothes — but it’s just enough to give me options. Ahhhh! Options!

  6. It’s funny how quickly our ideas of how we must present ourselves to the world change when we are reduced to a backpack of belongings and not much more! My idea of dressing up when on the road long term was the addition of some earrings, a clean shirt, and the flip flops that were the cleanest 😉

  7. I didn’t really miss food much when I spent a semester in Japan. Well, I did, but like you said, not really enough to actually do anything about it. I think I broke down once and HAD to find a KFC, and after I ate my meal that was nothing like American KFC, I didn’t have another Western craving again!
    I’d love to hear what you miss the most!

    1. I had KFC at the airport in China and thought it was way tastier then American KFC!

      Post about what I DO miss is coming shortly 🙂

  8. I thought I would miss my tv shows more (so lame, I know) but I really didn’t. I loved exploring and discovering new shows whenever I had the opportunity in whatever country I was in.

  9. I love that it’s a success if you don’t wear the same t-shirt 3 days in a row…that’s kind of awesome!! I’m sure it’s sort of a relief to let go of most of what you thought would be necessities!

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