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Today it hit, that moment where you say I am ready for home or ready for something that feels more like home. I am not saying I hate Paris or that I am taking it for granted, but only just trying to be honest about the truth of traveling. I have loved it here, all of it. Every corner is more beautiful than the next, the people are so beautiful, and design and appearance matter so much. This is my kind of city, but at some point we must be honest and say the traveler has become weary.

Over these past few weeks I have shown you all my day to day travels but not talked much about the things this trip is teaching me, the people who are changing me, and the things I some how have discovered without looking for. At the moment I am not sure I am well prepared enough to be pour it all out. I have a 5 hour train ride to Italy tomorrow to get real with myself about all of that, but I do want to give insight in to some things about the trip that the highlights of the day skip over.

Traveling can bring new strengths and weaknesses to the surface very quickly. While in Paris I have found a deep comfort in my travel companions…most of this year I have traveled alone and all of which without Mike as well. I never realized how much I identify comfort and security with companions and especially Mike. So even though today was one of those “I am ready to go home” days, being with Mike made it better.

The truth is when you have your best friend with you it really doesn’t matter where you are and I never knew I relied on his presence ¬†for that feeling of being home as much as I have here. Sometimes it is good to realize just how much we really need the ones we love. I value Mike even more now that we have traveled like this together the last few weeks. I am looking forward to the next leg of our trip together. It was something I did not expect to have necessarily, but it has been a very important one for me.

Image taken by Michael Newsted while we rode the Metro

 

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  1. Husband

    I can’t believe today was the day you appreciated me most, I was a sick mess sneezing all over the place. I seriously needed you today. Home is with you.

  2. Having a loved one with you is like bringing a piece of “home” with you!

  3. I know exactly how you feel, my husband is my best friend and anything I do with him is better, more fun and all in all more enjoyable.

    Looking forward to sharing in the Italian part of your journey.

  4. This is something I think most people take for granted about traveling, is that after being in constant change and movement, that we all wish for a little piece of home.

    Whenever I feel like this on long trips/living abroad I do things that remind me of home, like popping in an old comedy DVD into the laptop, eating comfort food, and being with the people I love.

    Have fun in Italy!

  5. What a sweet post–and so true. My husband always makes me feel at home no matter where we are!

  6. Oh I couldn’t agree with this lovely post more. My husband and I traveled together for two years before we got married, there were days that were horribly horribly hard and days that made you feel so alive. But no matter what I always felt 100% safe and at ‘home’ because we were together, traveling is the most amazing thing you could ever do for your relationship, it just makes everything so much better. x

  7. It’s so comforting every time I’m reminded of this truth.
    My husband’s in the military. Being away from home is our reality. We made the choice to follow what we believe in. I’ve still literally felt sick missing home at times.
    This was beautifully written and inspiring. Thanks

  8. after so much joy and excitement over you first few weeks in paris, excitement for the joy, it’s interesting to see you openness when it’s so easy and joyful and exciting.

    and the comment from husband, oh my sweetness.

  9. i had the same realization when traveling, solo, in ireland earlier this year. i love to travel – love it…and am lucky to be able to do so…but at some point you just feel a bit “tired” and long for your own bed and shower! but even still, i’ll always love traveling :-)

  10. This was a really sweet post and so so so true. But during those moments of weary traveling, I’ve never regretted pushing on and continuing to pound the pavement. I’ve really enjoyed following your trip, thanks for sharing!

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  12. Love this insight, transparency and post. Beautifully done Megan. When Jon and I went to Europe for three weeks this summer, we loved each leg of the trip but by the last week we were exhausted by the pressure of needing to do so much each day. We just wanted a nap by the end of it. But I couldn’t agree more at how beautiful it is to be with your spouse during the exhilaration and exhaustion of a glorious trip like that. The photos are beautiful and the type is my favorite. Thanks for this honest admission and love your blog!

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