“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
Today, I have been home from Asia for a month. Yet, I still find myself missing it on a daily basis, which means for me, that I will probably always feel this way.
I guess in thinking about it, I felt this way about New Zealand and Fiji after visiting last summer. I spent time there learning about the people and the language. I felt like I really understood each country and fell in love almost immediately. I guess, for me, the countries I visit, along with the people, cultures, and traditions, lock themselves inside me and refuse to let go.
Although, I do find things a little different this time. I don’t find myself constantly wanting to talk about my trip. Instead, I find myself longing to be there. Everything about Thailand and Vietnam has crawled inside my being and made itself a part of me. Both countries will forever be with me, all while I long to be there instead of here. I honestly miss Southeast Asia every day.
Which is why I’ve also come to the conclusion that while I would one day love to do an around-the-world trip, I’m afraid of missing the places I visit too much. And then after, how do you acclimate back into a “normal” life? Can it be normal again after traveling for months? Would you even want a normal life again? But, even in saying that I don’t think I’d be able to do it, I, of course, find myself longing to do it even more. I guess we’ll see what the future brings.
Either way, I will find a way to cope with missing SE Asia, since a journey should stay with you long after you return home.