9 ways to thrive at life when you move back home

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It’s almost a rite of passage for young twenty-somethings, with feet on the ground and eyes to the clouds, to move city, country or hemisphere. Whether for study, for work, or just to jump heart-first into wanderlust and a calling to see the world – immersion in a different place moulds and inspires huge personal growth.

But how to cope, when you move back home, after the big adventure?

You may have moved back on your own terms, or unwillingly (and abruptly, in my case!) via the restrictions of a visa. Hot tip here – the difference between an ordeal and adventure? Attitude.

Here are nine tips that I’ve actioned to handle the move back home, stay sane… and as it turns out, totally thrive.


1. You will have changed, so bring that person home with you.

You’re a different person after travel. And honestly – with the experiences and stories you’ll have collected along the way, how could you not be?

Travelling and living away is a surefire, fast-tracked pathway for learning, changing and growing. I was terrified that by coming home, my environment, history, or old connections would “revert” me back to my previous self.

I’m here to tell you, simply – it won’t. It doesn’t work like that. Your time away will have shaped you and evolved you – locale will not prevent you from staying the person you have become, if you don’t let it.

Know this. Continue to be the person you have become.


2. Remember that just as you have changed, so will have the others who remained.

Friends will have engagement rings. Babies might soon, or will have been born – on purpose. Relationships will have stretched, or tightened, or broken. Coffee shops will have rebranded – refurbished – or been replaced.

For me, after two incredible years away, my beautiful grandfather wasn’t around to welcome me home.

While life at home may not have moved at the same speed, life will have shifted along without you. Know this, and anticipate it. Be open to these changes, and adjust to them, as your family and friends will do for you.


3. Throw yourself into the local community, head first.

Talk to your barista. Make new friends via Instagram. Hang out with your old friends, and make an effort to get to know the friends they have connected with during your absence.

Plan an Insta-meet in the park for people with a shared interest, or for travellers who have also returned.

The world is a small town, and people, who know other people, will help you along your new path.


4. Revisit your old familiar haunts, and make new memories there.

Take a trip down memory lane, revisiting favourite beaches where you have watched sunrises, restaurants where you’ve had birthdays, or houses which you’ve called home.

But be sure to add new memories to those places, so they don’t remain in a place of nostalgia. It’s time to make new memories to complement the past ones.


5. Do things you’ve never done in your home city.

Treat life as a tourist. Living your own rules – a full, unbridled, adventure-filled existence is ridiculously important to me after travel. I hold my freedom fiercely and gracefully.

Adrenalin may no longer be a part of your everyday, but you can still seek out adventure. You’re not able to travel in the same way from home, but you can continue to practice travel, on a more local basis.

Go for spontaneous road trips, hop on a bus and see where it takes you. Drive to the sea for sunset. Go for morning hikes somewhere in nature.

Sidenote – you may actually be treated as a tourist! Especially if you have a lingering accent. A stranger asked me how long I was visiting from the UK for. Laugh this off. Explain the backstory, or go along with the assumption.


6. Reverse culture shock IS a thing, so be gentle on yourself as you adjust.

Chances are, you’ll wake in the middle of the night and be completely disorientated. You’ll forget the names of streets you’ve driven down hundreds of times before. It will take some time to refamiliarise and reintegrate.

It will take time to adjust to the place, even if you’ve spent most of your life there and everything is familiar. Give this time.


7. Accept you may never ‘belong’ anywhere again.

Just that. You may not feel you ‘belong’ anymore – anywhere. Ever. You’ll be torn between two, or three, or ten co-existing realities, where only one parallel life can exist.

After you’ve seen the world, home will be familiar, and likely, a whole lot easier for living. Away from home, the simplest of tasks can be an overwhelming endeavour. Language, culture shock, and no comfort of the familiar. Heightened. But you may return and not feel “at home”.

Even if you returned back to where you have most recently been living or calling home, you mightn’t feel at home there, either.

Seeing the world carves depth in you. Your eyes widen, your heart expands. You’ll be cracked open with the sheer whelm of adventure flooded through. Your whole being shapeshifts and the capacity to feel, live and love deepens profoundly.

It’s surreal to have the realisation you no longer belong to a place, but know this: you don’t have to. You belong with yourself. And you will belong with you, always.


8. Accept that there is no such thing as getting the travel bug out of your system.

The more you travel, the more you will want to. Fact.

You’ll crave travel, and that’s okay. The travel bug will likely never be allayed. The more you travel, the brighter it will burn in you.


9. Never forget how strong you are for having moved away in the first place.

These experiences you’ve lived – whether joy, heartbreak or adventure, are all character building. How better to have experienced this, than never to have experienced this at all?



Over to you: Have you travelled or lived away, then moved back home? What helped you to adjust, and thrive?

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    Meghan Crockett
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    Your photos are so gorgeous, they made me so homesick for travel (what is the opposite of homesick?) and by the time I got to the part about never feeling like you ‘belong’ again my heart just aches! Dang, girl! Great, great work.

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    Number 7 puts my feelings into the exact words! After travelling for long periods, I really feel like I don’t have one home but several. And they each feel like a sort of different dimension. Hard to believe they’re all part of the same world, all happening at the same time.

    I’ve been travelling for the last 3 years, more or less, since I decided to go live in Germany for a year. After that I haven’t felt like I belong anywhere in particular! Now I’m back home in Mexico City and have no idea when (or if) I’ll be moving somewhere else again.

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    June 22, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Hey.. this is one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever read. I’m 15 and can’t imagine doing anything with my life other than travelling. I always thought I would only be able to travel for a month or so a year, and that was assuming I got a high paying job so that I could afford everything. You and Brooke and everyone else–this blog in itself–has taught me that I’m allowed to buy a one way ticket and never return. That it’s possible for me to have an ever changing postcode and that it’s okay to launch myself into the world without knowing what’s going to happen. And this is everything I’ve ever wished for. Thank you for writing this and being a part of my life and so many other people’s lives. I owe you everything ♡

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    Backpack Babe
    June 9, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Such a great post!! Coming back and integrating isn’t always easy. But it can be fun if you make it! Become a tourist in your own city, discover your hometown with a new set of eyes. Don’t survive, but thrive. Brilliant post.

    Thanks for reminding us to always seek adventure 🙂

    June 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I lived in Guatemala for 2+ years and moving home was one of the hardest things I have gone through. Over the past two years since I have been home I continue to visit Guatemala frequently and I was just recently there in April. After this last visit I have been having serious withdrawals and miss travel and life abroad immensely. It inspired me to create one of my most visit vlogs “Beating the Travel Bug Blues” to help others in the same situation cope with that sinking feeling when you come back home. Gratitude is key and remembering how much a privilege it is to travel in the first place.

    June 9, 2015 at 2:00 am

    I remember the first time I experienced reverse culture shock after coming back from spending six months completely immersed in German culture as an exchange student in high school. Life in the US just seemed so dull after that.

    When I went back to do a gap year there after I graduated, my return was still pretty brutal. I ended up moving to a big city shortly after that and felt like it was a much easier transition in Washington, DC compared to my small hometown.

    Backpack Babe
    June 8, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Love this post!

    I completely agree about being a tourist in your hometown. There’s so much to see, do and explore if we open our eyes to it.

    AND it so true. Once you have the travel bug, you alwaayyyyyyyss have the travel bug. I left for Greece and Switzerland right after graduating University. For the next two years, all I could think about nonstop was travel and experiencing the world. Now I’m finally off on my round the world adventure to explore, discover, meet new people and eat exotic foods around the world. I want to truly live again! I think anyone can do it, and its so exciting! xx Travel really is one of the only things you can buy that makes you richer xx

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    June 7, 2015 at 5:49 am

    This is a great post! I recently moved back home and I struggled in my small town with number 2 and 4. Many people had changed when I returned but I felt they still treated me as the person I was before. If only everyone I know could read this blog! X

    June 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I’m so grateful that you wrote this post and I came across it! The adjustment has definitely not been easy, but tips like these make this part of the journey better. Thanks for putting things into perspective!

    Saakshi Kumar
    June 6, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I believe this is one your best posts, yet. I love No.7 and 8.
    I possibly couldn’t agree more with what you say. It is completely like a different world out there, though you have been brought up in the very same place. Travelling changes our perspective, our perception and simply who we are, in a better way. 🙂
    Great post!

    June 4, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Liked the article, completely get it!

    June 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    What a great list! I just moved from New York back to Moscow and despite the fact that New York was a life changinf experience for me, I love to be back in my hometown and discover it all over again like a real tourist.

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    June 4, 2015 at 12:34 am

    This is so perfect. I moved back home after living in NYC for 3 years last July, and this definitely touched base with me. It’s a hard adjustment process, but you nailed it in this post. 🙂

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    June 3, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Emma, I love the way you write and I love your photos! They’re amazing. Thanks for sharing this, I definitely feel out of place whenever I go to my hometown and still have to reconcile with how I’ve change and how to incorporate that whenever I see my family and old friends.

    Sierra Bailey
    June 3, 2015 at 1:45 am

    This post was certainly a God send. I just returned from a month in Costa Rica where I was studying Spanish. The past three days in the States have been much harder than I expected them to be. Home is still home, but I certainly feel as if I don’t belong. I’d hop on another plane in a heartbeat if I could, but I guess I’ll be spending the summer adventuring the local area instead! After all, any adventure is better than none.

    June 2, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks, Kindra. So true. All the best to you as well.

    Sabina Im
    June 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I felt like I was reading into my thoughts as I read this. Thanks so much for sharing this. I thought I was the only one who felt like home felt different from before. I felt quite disorientated and glad to know this is not something that I go through alone.

    June 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Emma thank you so much for writing this,
    This is exactly what I needed to read in this point in time. It really made me feel that someone out there knows exactly what I am feeling even if I don’t know how I feel myself. Especially the feeling of not belong anywhere it really struck me. It seems that living in 4 countries has changed me profoundly traveling has captivated my heart and broaden my mind. I am not sure what home is anymore but thank you for reassuring that I do belong somewhere and its with myself. 🙂

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    I was very drawn to this article due to its title because it’s something that really resonates with me. I spent over two years living in Guatemala and I have gone back to visit numerous times since I returned to the U.S. in late 2012, I even went back to Guatemala for my wedding this April. Still, every time I board the return flight home my heart sinks. I try to cope by 1. reminding myself it’s a beautiful privilege to be able to scatter your heart around the world 2. incorporating elements of my life in Guatemala or aspects of Guatemalan culture into my life here in California 3. investing and nurturing the relationships made in Guatemala so that I continue to feel connected to the community!

    Diana Maria
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    What a great and relevant post! Whenever I travel and return home, I feel like a brand new version of myself. It’s a lovely feeling, but it can also be hard to adjust. I think a positive attitude and remembering that you can continue to travel in the future really help!

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    June 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I like the whole “you may never belong anywhere again.” It’s hard finding where you belong after seeing so many incredible places!

    June 2, 2015 at 7:59 am

    This is such great article!
    I’ve been living at home now for a little less than a year after an amazing Europe trip and it has just been awful. But these are great tips. Thanks for the share! 🙂
    – Ava

    June 2, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Well here I am crying… again…
    But it’s a good thing I guess… This post was just what I needed. It’s like you read my mind.

    I lived in Australia for 5 months. Mainly in Byron Bay before I travelled the East and then the West Coast. Without a doubt I can say, it was the best time of my life. And I miss it so badly. Everything.

    I came home with a vision. I thought that I had changed completely and that everything was different. But it turns out that it’s not as easy as I pictured it. People back home are still the same and their priorities haven’t changed. I feel a lot better about myself and the world in general. Still I’m having a hard time turning my life around. And sometimes I just feel so sad about this… Am I weak? Am I doing it wrong? I don’t know. I don’t feel I belong here at all. Maybe it is as you say and I will never belong anywhere at all anymore.
    Sorry for this comment but I have been carrying this around with me for a few weeks now. And I really needed to let it out.

    June 2, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Great observations, @emmakateco! One more I would add is that not all your friends or family will be as patient or excited to hear all you may want to share. That’s okay! It’s unlikely to be a reflection of how they feel about you. Not everyone ‘suffers’ from wanderlust. Find who does or who is interested to hear your long tales and genuinely seems to appreciate your 73 pictures of the Eiffel Tower. Travel onward!

    Kindra Foster
    June 2, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Well, that explains a lot. Thank you so much! I traveled throughout America for three years off and on camping and living in my Jeep, and since coming home to settle in for awhile a couple of months ago I’ve been beside myself and haven’t known why. After reading your post, I believe it’s the fact that things are not the same, even though some things seem the same. I’m not the same person, and no one else is, either. And I think the wanderlust is percolating inside me even though I’m home. I like knowing it will never go away. I was mourning my loss of days on the road, even though I didn’t realize it and even though it has also been nice to be home. You are so right that travel becomes a part of you. I like that, because I’ve lost a lot in my life. Wanderlust and travel and what it becomes inside of you is something no one can ever take away.

    June 2, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I love the idea of continuing to be a tourist in your own country once you return home. I’m about to finish a year abroad in France so this post is so helpful!

    June 2, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I only have about 2 Months left of my Au Pair year in the United States, my origin is in Europe, Germany. After the work period ends I still have a month of traveling ahead and I experience times when I am in horror of going home in (in total) 3 months, because I sometimes don’t feel ready to go back.
    However I keep telling myself that I am still young (not even in my 20s yet, so way to go) and have so many more things ahead – moving to another city when I start my studies, travelling Europe with some of my best friends and going abroad again during my studies. This post helped me to look at even more ways how to thrive when I get back home, which is for me (probably because of my young age) indeed still my real home. I’ll see how things develop during the next few years and look forward to what life holds for me.
    All the best to you, too!

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    Do something you’ve never done before in your home city! Golden Advice!

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    This post was great – I am about to come home after two weeks away in Europe (I know – not the same!) but I needed a change of scene so badly and I do have a new perspective that I want to make sure I bring home with me. Also, I need to be more of a tourist in my own city, and my BF and I need to commit to weekend days with out working.

    xx Jill

    June 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Love this. I have just finished 3 years at university and moving back home has left me feeling a bit beside myself. Great post, i will definitely be taking these tips on board 🙂

    June 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve become who I was before leaving and I don’t like it, I didn’t like it back then and it’s what I was most afraid of.

    Dannielle Lily
    June 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    This is so, so perfect! I’ve been seriously getting myself down because I’m not out seeing the world, so much so that I’m not living in the present moment at all. It really is all about attitude. LOVE your idea about making new memories in old haunts so they don’t become places of nostalgia – I guess I’ve never really thought about it like that.

    June 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I love this article!
    I’ve lived in Asia for 2 years and came back “home” last year in August, cause I got a great job. Can’ t wait to travel again – this settled life’s just not my cup of tea…

    Cat Crawford
    June 1, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    This whole blog has inspired me to travel. I’ve just got my first proper full-time job, which is a job I actually want to do! But I would love to travel around the US and Canada, just to feel like I’ve actually lived life!

    I plan to start saving for a big adventure and I’m not sure how long it will take me, but I’ve resigned to not having a goal date, rather just the goal of doing it before I’m 30, so only 5 years left to get as many adventures in as possible. I might actually start a ‘things to do before 30’ list! XD

    Cat x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored
    June 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I’m in a unique position where I moved across the continent to start a new life – from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to London – yet unlike my Malaysian peers I have the luxury to live two lives in two very different cities. I do feel like a tourist in both cities, but your tips are the very things I do that keep me thriving – although I do wonder, where is ‘home’? x


    Jasmine Matthews
    June 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful post. I love what you say about fearing that you will regress to the person you once were … and how that is completely untrue.

    I have just moved back home after 13 years away. Four different countries I called home.

    I thought it would feel like a step backwards. But it doesn’t at all. My experience is that it was been a beautiful exhale. A warm enveloping hug. A welcoming of the most heartfelt.

    In the end, location is just location. It’s the energy you bring and the perspective you have that creates a magical place. Oh – and the sweetness of reconnection with family 🙂 xx

    Sarah Lynn
    June 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Great post Emma.
    Heading home after time away is almost a culture shock. You really have to mentally prepare yourself, thankfully, Idon’t have to do that for another two months 🙂

    June 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    What a great read! I’m moving to America from Australia in the next six months and was always fearful of moving over there. Now I see that it’s just as scary coming back home!

    Amy Morgan
    June 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I love this post! Its so relatable to me… I have been on the go for last 4 years almost constantly studying and working abroad. Coming and leaving places, meeting new people just seemed so natural. Three months ago I have moved back to my hometown, found a job and I am still trying to find my place. I definitely haven’t got rid of the travel bug and I try to explore places I have never been to in my home country. People have changed and so did I. Life isn’t the same anymore but I think it’s good:)

    Tricia Rosas
    June 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    What a beautiful, true post! Well done, you, for having thrived in every sense of the word! xx

    June 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Beautiful post. I’m actually sort of already thinking about this (and I haven’t even moved yet, not until October) but will have to bookmark this for when I return.


    Eunice Musuamba
    June 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I might to keep this in mind as I’m leaving Cape Town in 10 days.

    June 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for this post.
    Reverse cultural shock is definitely a thing.
    – But I also found that travelling changes the way I see my home town now.
    —- I appreciate a lot more certain things now than I did before I went abroad—–
    I also grew to dislike a lot of things as well, but I guess you have to remain positive when coming back for your own sanity!
    Hope this helps,

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    June 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I can’t lie, leaving my counrty was a hard thing but now i feel so happy and thankful that i have did it and moved. Reading your words really made me think of life, and think how much it would be hard to be back to my country. For me, i plan to stay here and never come back, because here is where i belong.

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    June 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I moved away from home to study, then to work, and I thought I found my perfect place. Then friends moved away, but I found new ones. After 10 years circumstances had changed and I met my husband who lives in my old hometown. Now I live with him and our daughter back there, everything has changed during the last year, but I still miss my new old home. But that is not the same either. The new friends have moved away or no interest in regular contact any more. It’s hard to catch up with old friends either. My former best friends just don’t answer my emails, without any obvious reason. I moved only 200 km away and back. But it seems, measured distance is not the problem.
    Being close to the family again is another main issue of mine. Some of them overwhelm us with presence at the moment. It’s good to have them, but it’s hard to deal with some attitudes. One close and beloved family member passed away shortly after i had moved back. I would have liked to spend more time with him.
    Now we found a great house for our family, and I really try to make the old new home as much home for us as I can, and building a new life around it, with new friends and new adventures. The little remaining sadness I will overcome by letting go of old images stuck in my head, and seeing it through the fresh eyes of our baby daughter. For her, it’s all new anyway.
    Thanks for the inspiring post, Emma.

      Kindra Foster
      June 2, 2015 at 3:19 am

      Katherine, your comment really struck me, because I’m strugging with something similar. When I’m home, I feel the loss of travel. When I’m traveling , I know I’m missing out on things at home with my two kids who recently went off on their own. The key is to love where you are and know that you’ve made a choice for reasons of your own, and that it’s a good choice! All the best to you and your little family. I think it sounds like a wonderful life!

    June 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    beilliant post! I struggled so much when I had to return to the UK from melbourne. Bloody immigration! After nearly three years in Australia, it’s taken me so long to feel ok back home but I still feel like I don’t really belong. Damn you travel lust!!

    June 1, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Great article! Attitude makes such a difference in life. With the right attitude any trouble becomes an adventure. Being in the same shoes, some people complain, while others tell fun stories.

    June 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I traveled to Australia for 6 months and when I came back it wasn’t easy. I think knowing that I’d see it again eventually and that I could continue to explore the world and wouldn’t be stuck in my town forever helped.


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    June 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Accept that you will never belong anywhere again, that you live between two, or four or ten co-existing realities… This. I have felt this way my entire life, having moved from Japan to Australia at age six, but regular visits back kept me firmly anchored in my old life while carving out new life in Australia at the same time. As I got older I just added even more parallel realities… it’s as much a blessing and a curse – but a fine price to pay for the life we choose.

    June 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Wow this post is so relatable. I literally moved back home to Canada yesterday after 5 months studying in the UK. Things have changed so much back home and so have I – still learning how to adjust.

    Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance
    June 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Gorgeous post. Emma. It may not have been your plan but you’re thriving back in Aus and I can’t wait to catch up xx

    June 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I’m planning to get out there and travel after I do a masters, never really thought of how hard it would be to settle back into life after travel. I’m finding the idea of taking a year to not be a student before a masters very daunting as student life seems so different from my previous life. Still I guess it might be good for catching up with old friends (one has a baby I’ve yet to meet).

    June 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Great post! I’m leaving Australia to go back to the UK in two months and I’m terrified. Lots of pressure about jobs and friendships and that I won’t be as happy when I get back to ‘reality’. Hopefully throwing myself in headfirst will make sure I can see England with a new perspective.

    June 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Coming home after being on exchange in America was really hard for me! much much harder than leaving in the first friends all had boyfriends and had made new friends, they were different, but not as different as I was. I found it really hard to reajust but found spending time alone, going for walks by the coast or getting coffee at a new cafe that had appeared while I was away while also making an effort to reconnect with my friends really helped. it took a couple of months but it eventually felt like I had never left (except for all the wonderful memories I had).

    June 1, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Emma Kate! I loved “…the difference between an ordeal and adventure? Attitude.” How true that is for any situation in life. Well said!

    Great post!

    Valerie Stimac
    June 1, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Great article, Emma! These are awesome tips, and I’m going to share with my followers for sure 🙂

    June 1, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Love this. When I get home I always feel down and out. But it helps to remember that people from all over the world come to see my country too. So I try to see Canada through their eyes and it definitely helps! There can be a lot to explore in my own backyard, sometimes just need a little nudge

    June 1, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Nice blog, and a good article! I lived five months abroad, and moved back home. Never adjusted. Moved back to the same place again. But after one year after home, it was hard to adjust there again, sine I “expected ” it to be like before. So moved back home again after one awesome year. Didn’t really adjust, eier though I moved to a new city. Sooooo moved abroad again, to a new country. Been living here for five months, and have two weeks left. Not really looking forward to move back home again. But thank you for your tips!

    Tristan Reposo
    June 1, 2015 at 9:33 am

    when I go home from a very long trip, my mom always welcome me by saying… The Prodigal Son has returned! 😛 then hugs and kiss me! 🙂

    June 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Probably one of my favourite posts I’ve read in a while. I haven’t moved out of home yet but I can still relate to this after travelling and such. Love the point that you will change and adapt, and you won’t be the person you were before when you return home. Comforting!

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