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The Importance of Home: the Other Side of Travel Blogging

Confession time: although I'm a travel blogger, I really, really like coming home.

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I complain a lot (and my husband can attest to this) about the fact that I can't travel all of the time, that I can't just get up and go whenever the mood strikes. Yes, I know: First World Problems and all that.

But when I sit back and think about my life and the amount I get to travel, I'm really okay with it. (Most of the time.)

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Her Carhartt overalls were all Landon's idea. He's trying to turn her into a country gal despite my efforts to the contrary.


I love going out and exploring the world in all of its terrifying, overwhelming, dazzling awesomeness, but I also need downtime to deal with those explorations.

I need to be with my family. I need to sleep in my own bed on occasion.

And I really, really need the several hundred books in my library. Book nerd forever!

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For those reasons, I don't know if I could take the bungee jump of selling my house, uprooting my daughter, and leaving here forever. I moved constantly as a kid, something that taught me that there are always new friends in every town, but that also left me without established roots in any one place. I want to give my daughter those roots while I simultaneously show her the rest of the world. It's not an easy tightrope on which to balance, but I'm trying.

I'm not a nomad, and I'm okay with that. I have serious respect for the travelers who decide to just up and go without a long term plan. I just know that I would have far more anxiety over doing something like that then I would get reward back from it.

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So, instead, I'll remain happy with my invisible tether that takes me away from and back to this place in the woods of coastal South Carolina. Even though I'm not a nomad, I am perpetually restless, and my frequent travels help to alleviate some of that.

Landon, Britton, and I were walking around our property the other night with our dog, and it was just a perfect moment. I'm often so preoccupied with my next trip or writing assignment that I forget how good it feels to be in the moment with the people who love you the most. I need to appreciate that more.

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My sweet daughter who won't ever let me put a barrette in her hair to keep it out of her eyes

Traveling opens my eyes to new cultures, books, sights, and foods, but home opens my heart.

What kind of traveler are you--a nomad with a wandering heart or someone who likes to come home at the end of the day? What makes home special to you?