We often grab beers from our fridge at home, plop ourselves down on our couch and turn on our HBO Go subscription to watch this week’s episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Or a movie we missed in theaters. We do this only at home, not on vacation. On trips there’s too much outside to enjoy and explore. But home? This is our place to enjoy comforts and routines. There is plenty of home appreciation that takes place when we’re not traveling. And while we have some travel blogging friends who are one the road most of the 365 days of the year the majority have a home base and often an additional full time job. Here’s what a dozen travel bloggers cherish about their homes when they’re not on the road.
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Home Appreciation is Found in the Comfort of Cozy Things
Mikkel and Dan, Sometimes Home
We’re reminded of a word we learned in Norway: “hygge”. This is the coziness of your home. Sometimes it’s things you can’t quite define and other times it’s elements like candles, slippers, and throw blankets that create a soft, warm place to reside.
Our hygge – or the comfort of our home with its warmth no matter the season – is a feeling we only get when we’re in our apartment. And that’s worth appreciating when not on the road, each and every day.
The One Place You Can Keep All Your Travel Souvenirs from Magnets to Photos is: Home
Brianne, A Traveling Life
More Time Home has Allowed Appreciation of the Kitchen and Old Family Cookbooks
Elaine, from Travel Well Gal
Home Appreciation Can Equate to Extra Self-Care
Lindsay, from I’ve Been Bit! Travel Blog
As a freelancer and travel blogger, I work from home when I’m not on the road. I may have one of the shortest commutes, however it makes it hard to get away from work. Finding the perfect work-life balance is difficult when your desk is just 10 steps away!
The impending deadlines have subsided with the world on lockdown. And while there’s still work to be done, the immediacy has gone away…meaning more “me” time, which I’m fully embracing.
I don’t think I’ve had this many bubble baths in my life! Between that, tackling my reading list and enjoying some online yoga, there are definitely silver linings to every negative event.
More Time Home Allows for Less Mindless Time on Social Media and Increased Productivity for Things like Painting
Priya, Outside Suburbia
My favorite things about being home are slowing down and spending less time on social media. Lately, when I travel there has been a sense of wanting to capture everything, document everything – such is the mind of a travel blogger! But I try to let that go at home and slow down.
I don’t check what is happening on Instagram except for once or twice a day. I enjoy painting. It brings a sense of calm and helps me focus: focus on the colors, the brushstrokes and think of nothing else.
Being at Home Means More Time to Journal, Write and Reflect
Sarah, Endless Distances
Reading and Catching Up with Friends Happens from the Comfort of Our Home
Bellinda, Wanderlust Marriage
Luxuries like a Washing Machine and Dryer are Made Possible at Home
Alex, Wanderlust Marriage and Travel Guide Alex
After traveling with a suitcase of dirty clothes, it’s nice to return home to your own washing machine. Even more importantly: it’s wonderful to see my partner in life, as sometimes I travel solo and don’t see her for weeks!
Travel is wonderful but it also helps you appreciate the comforts of home, including your spouse. We’ve been married for 15 years, so a little time apart makes us appreciate each other even more, and there are many new stories to share over home cooked meals.
You Can Tend to a Living Garden from Home
Janiel, from Culture Trekking
Home? Breathe In, Breathe Out…You’ll Enjoy It
Kathy, The Trip Takes Us
Ironic as it may be for a travel blogger to say, after a whirlwind 2019 I was hoping to travel less in 2020. The year was already shaping up to be another crazy one though with one to two trips each month.
While I love to travel, there is an opportunity cost. When I am away I miss opportunities to get together with family and friends and to connect with people where I live. The silver lining of this terrible crisis has been the opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath, and connect more deeply with my community.
The Best Cuddles are From Your Pets at Home
Ashley, Wild Hearted
There aren’t many things I would rather stay home for if there’s an option to travel, even as a homebody and huge introvert. I love having my own space and being able to feel “at home” but I’d still choose to sleep on an airport floor if there’s an option. That being said, the one thing I do miss the most, and actually keeps me grounded at home more than anything, is my dog.
I think any pet owner would typically agree it is very hard to leave our fur babies behind. Maximus is the reason I don’t take a trip longer than a couple of weeks and he’s the main thing I long to be home for when I am away. When I’m “stuck at home,” I try to remember how I would be feeling if I was traveling, and so I appreciate him more.
Indulge in Fun Technological Perks (and Free Time) from Home, including Playing Video Games, Listening to Podcasts and Streaming Shows
Lauren, Justin Plus Lauren
A Home Can be Filled with Performing (and Drawing) Arts
Heather, Trimm Travels
I’m not home much and 2020 was shaping up to be my busiest year ever for travel. Life is great at throwing curveballs, isn’t it? While I might not be out shooting my photography favorites, more time at home allows for other art in my life. I love drawing, singing and even getting out my guitar and clarinet for the first time in forever!
My favorite things to draw are cartoon characters (love Disney animation). I didn’t realize just how much I’ve missed drawing and how much it calms me until I got this extra time to slow down and be home.
Another expressive art form I love is to sing. It’s something I usually do but having more time to learn new songs in both English and Spanish has been amazing. It’s not extra time I have when I travel. Music is definitely how I deal with all emotions in life. Related side note – Wanted: Fingertip calluses. Can you loan me yours if you play the guitar? Clearly, I have forgotten how important they are. Thanks!
Enjoy Home While You Can
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