Today is day 48 on the road. It’s hard to believe that it has been over a month and a half since we left Ottawa. I was thinking about it the other day, and realized that I haven’t had any real bouts of homesickness yet. There could be a few possible explanations for this: perhaps I don’t miss home at all, or I’ve somehow found something else to fill in the gap…
The first is definitely not true. When I stop to remember the life that we left behind, with all of our wonderful friends and family, I know that there are things that I do miss a lot. So that’s not it. But why, if I was so happy back home, don’t I feel the nag of homesickness yet? Is it because I’m so much happier out here on the open road? I don’t think the two things are mutually exclusive. It’s definitely possible to be extremely happy and still feel pangs of nostalgia for things in the past.
Another possible reason is that the places we’ve visited so far are “familiar” places. What I mean by that is that they are places where many things, including the language, are easy to negotiate. We understand people in the UK, even though the accents have proven challenging on occasion (though in an entertaining way more often than not). We can read signs, order food and drinks, and find places to sleep. We also spent a significant amount of time visiting with family in England. That sort of thing definitely fends off homesickness.
Is it because I’ve got my Meggie by my side? Perhaps that’s it. What more does a guy need anyways? It is wonderful to travel with the person you love most, but that can’t be entirely the answer. I mean, we both have other friends for a reason, right?
I’ve come to the conclusion that this website has actually played a big role in keeping the homesickness bug at bay. Posting our adventures here and reading the great comments that everyone responds with makes Meg and I both feel like we’re still very connected to all of the people that matter to us. At first we thought that we had a bit of an unnatural obsession with finding wifi access as we went, but now we’ve realized why. It’s because we miss everyone, even while we are having the time of our lives, and this website connects us with them. So as we sit in this cozy pub in Fort William, Scotland, we raise our glasses to you. Here’s a toast to all of our wonderful readers, friends and family. Cheers!