As a former au pair, I loved to travel. I would save my weekly wage of $195.75 for traveling. Whether it was a road trip to New York or a week away to Hawaii, I enjoyed traveling.
Unfortunately, like many of us ex-au pairs, this is just one of the great advantages I had to give up when I returned to my home country. For a year and a half I dedicated my time to my career, family, and friends. Just recently I decided to take a short trip to Lagos, Portugal, and I forgot how much I missed traveling.
How many of us search online for short getaways to escape from our small complacent homes? How many of us search for jobs that include full time traveling? I’m guilty of both. There’s something about traveling and escaping from reality that excites each and every one of us. Traveling looks appealing because it strips us away from the problems, errands and responsibilities we dread.
But here are a few positive ways to consider when returning home from vacation.
- Home is where the heart is. Whether you’re returning home from a short or long vacation, home is your comfort zone. You’re in your own territory and everything feels familiar and safe.
2. You’ll always have great memories. No matter where you’ve traveled to, you’ll create fond memories that you can hold on to for a lifetime. It’s a lucky thing to have a special moment to look back on so don’t forget to count your lucky stars!
3. Live in the moment. Stop worrying about your commitments. Don’t focus on the end result of things, learn to live and appreciate the moment and your individual journey to success.
4. Returning home shouldn’t make you feel bad or guilty. Think about all the things you’ve learned during the time you were away. Have you changed from the day you left to the day you returned? What have you learned? What did you do differently that has made you a better person? Think positively!
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