After traveling for 5 months straight in Canada, U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, it was nice to travel east–to eastern Canada that is. Since I hadn’t been in my own house since January 3rd 2014, a visit home in between trips was a nice treat. As much as I love traveling, going on trips, and exploring new places there is nothing better than returning home after a hyperactive tour of 4 countries in 5 months. I mentioned in a previous post last week that there comes a time when I just start to miss the simple comforts of home when on a long trip away. After over 24 hours of flying time and nearly three full days of transit, I landed in Nova Scotia to visit family and friends in south eastern Nova Scotia–the home of small coastal towns and amazing beaches.
As people say, there is no place like home. As much and as often as I travel, eastern Canada holds a special place in my heart that no other can replace. I have been blessed to be able to return home every two to four months throughout the previous twelve months of my travels. Coming home in between trips is an opportunity for me to reconnect with family and friends, while getting a taste of normality before departing again for another long-haul journey abroad. My visits home are often quick-paced and short winded, but are often essential for me to get grounded after a trip and to reflect on all that I experienced before going out to experience more, especially when it’s a trip when I have experienced countless bucket list items and dream turquoise destinations.
After spending nearly one week in Nova Scotia, I headed to New Brunswick to attend a wedding, visit more friends whom I hadn’t seen in over 6 months, and to relax with my loved ones before taking off again. Not to mention, it is always nice being home to switch up my clothes since I travel with only a carry-on and travel with limited items. My old clothes become new and exciting again! My two week visit in New Brunswick gave me the opportunity to get over my extreme jet-lag after 4 months in Oceania, stay in one place for longer than a few days, and to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Even though I was home for a short time, I still enjoyed being a tourist in my own province by touring around just as I would in any other place. It wasn’t difficult to fill up my two weeks before realizing it was time to leave again.
My short visit home gave me what I needed before leaving again for another trip. With no plans to return home until the end of August, I cherished the time I had in eastern Canada. My time was easily spent with family, friends, and in the beautiful scenery of eastern Canada. I’m ready to leave for another exciting journey abroad, but I know that my home will be there waiting for me when I return exhausted and stimulated after another bucket list tour of central and northern Canada, Cuba, and Europe. Stay tuned!