It Is A Strange Thing To Come Home…

“It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be.”

You don’t realise as you travel just how much you change. When you come home it seems strange. Stopping in one place, surrounded by friends and family from before your journey, it’s so strange.

The Quote Source

This quote is by Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlö, who was a Swedish author. She was born in western Sweden in 1858. She was the fifth child out of six and was born with a hip injury.

As a child she was constantly writing poetry. She is best known for her children’s book ‘The Wonderful Adventures Of NIls’ (Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige) and was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. She was awarded due to the ‘lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception’ that can be seen in her writings.

What This Travel Quote Means To Me

After you get back from travelling, it all feels so strange. You don’t realise how strange it is to come home until you have been away for a time. It may feel great to begin with, but you soon start to feel strange not moving. Everyone forgets where you’ve been and what you’ve done and expect you to now be ‘normal’. If you’ve travelled that is unlikely to happen.

Travel changes everyone. It makes home feel different and weird. But you never realise just how different it’ll seem until you get back.

I’m not saying don’t travel because it’ll make home seem weird. Do travel, develop, but don’t be surprised when get home and it doesn’t feel quite ‘right’. It’s all part of the ‘itchy feet’ syndrome. But no matter how much you prepare yourself you won’t believe how strange home feels. And if you go again and again it isn’t any less stranger each time you come home!

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Author Bio: Nat

I’m Nat, the backpacker behind natpacker. From the UK, I was bitten by the travel bug during a round the world trip in my early twenties. Since then I have been determined to see as much of this world as possible. My passion for travel led me to start up this blog, partly to record my adventures and partly to inspire others to travel.

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