There’s a popular quote that says, “home is where the heart is.” If so, my heart must be scattered about several different places. I tend to agree more with the phrase, “home is where the head lays.” It’s simple and just makes more sense to me. For I have the tendency to fall in love with nearly every place I visit or live.
As travelers and expats living abroad, we’re constantly seeking the new and unfamiliar. We’re always dreaming of our new next destination and big adventure. Our homes back home (where we’re born and raised) no longer challenge or excite us. Thus, we travel and live abroad to experience something new, to lay our head down in someplace strange and foreign. We travel to seek knowledge and to immerse ourselves in the local culture. To imagine it’s our home even just for a day. The more we wander the more we realize home can be just about anywhere. We realize that most people around the world are genuinely kind and want the same things out of life.
Yet, there are still moments even in our lives when we seek the familiarity and comfort of our own beds, whether it be Hong Kong, South Korea, or the United States. The place where the majority of the things we currently own reside. In reality though, we know these places won’t be home forever and we’re okay with that. As long as we can live, love, laugh, and explore, home is possible anywhere.
However, we often need to remind ourselves to stay in touch with our family and friends in their homes back home. In the end, we may travel far and wide, but it’s important to stay connected with our loved ones because family and friendship is more than a home. What’s the point of having experiences if you don’t have anyone to share them with. Even though our heads may lay in different places and where we call home is not the same, we must take the time to say hello, exchange our thoughts, share our experiences, and say how much we care.
I’ve been living in Asia for nearly four years now and I’m still loving every minute of it. Hong Kong is currently where I lay my head. It’s the place I call home at this moment in time.
(Pete is an excellent blogger and world traveller! Check out his site wanderpi.com for more of his posts!)