I asked expats and travel enthusiasts about what ‘home’ means to them, and I had many great responses to that question. Thank you to all who responded – it was really interesting to read. In the following post, I have collated what I found out, so have a look through and see if you agree.
Map of where people who responded are currently living:
Foodessen living in Germany wrote “… I always felt like I had two homes, but since moving to Germany 4 ½ years ago, I have to say my definition might be changing. I am currently at home in Germany, and feel at home, but if you ask me where home is I will say Texas. To keep it short I think we call the place we have spent the largest portion of our life home. I also think that this can change over time.”
Rachel living in Atlanta, GA, USA wrote “… it’s where my life is at the moment, where I’m settled with my husband in our home. Home is where there’s love and happiness – I’m surrounded by it here in Atlanta and I’m so happy and lucky to be here. The UK will always be home to me, but right now my ‘home’ is in Atlanta.”
Mrs TeePot living in France wrote “For me home is the UK, it’s where I grew up and it’s where I know. Home is where I know the social customs, the language, the etiquette. Home is not having to think – things being second nature – fitting in.”
Samantha living in Sweden wrote “… In brief, to me home is wherever I am living with my husband … Home is wherever I am with him, and where we have settled ourselves. There is a part of me that will always think of Minneapolis as home, because most of my friends and family live there. Home is where I rest my head at night (preferably with my husband!)”
Zeta living in Denmark wrote “Home, to me, is a place to go back to. I don’t have just one home. My parents’ house back in the US is home. Our apartment here in Copenhagen is home. There’s a little bit of home in Green Bay, WI, just north of Chicago, and Malmö, Sweden. Soon, we’re moving, and that will be home, too. Where I go at the end of the day–the place to make it back to. Home is where I’m happiest.”
Susan living in Florida, US wrote “Home is where I feel comfortable, safe, and can let my guard down and just be myself. My loved ones, husband and two sons have to be here, of course, for a place to feel like home. Home has to have personal items, too: my furniture, photos, clothes, favorite drinks and foods. I also tend to think of the town or area I live in when I define the word home. I absolutely have a need to feel safe in the town I live in, and I have to know my way around …”
So what does ‘home’ mean to me?
It can be so hard to define, because the concept of it does change, especially if you have made a move to live abroad. The excerpts of the comments left by the people I have included in this post basically sum up the differences in what I feel.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, so feel free to add your thoughts!