You’re finally home. You’re surrounded by friends and family for the first time after months of traveling. You’re feeling “settled.” And you suddenly realize you don’t feel that great about it.
The people around you seem content within the bubble of their daily routines — commuting to work, getting home at 5, going to happy hour — and you’re expected to follow suit. Now that you’ve had the chance to “get travel out of your system,” it’s time to “get on with it,” return to “normalcy,” and pick up this structured lifestyle exactly where you left it.
But for me, travel was not something to be experienced and then put away. It had become an integral part of my identity, an energy I carried with me every moment of my life. So the question now was: How could I maintain my identity as a traveler, even while living and working at home? After a year of trying, this is what I’ve come up with.