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I'm a Midwestern girl in constant search of sunshine + sea. I travel solo, work full-time, and sometimes, I write.

8 Things I Miss About Home

8 Things I Miss About Home

I'm halfway through my solo adventure, and while I haven't experienced full-on homesickness, I've certainly come to appreciate everything I left behind. Airports and dorm rooms have become my new norm, but here's everything I miss back at home:

1. My bed. I have a queen-size bed with extra cushy foam padding on top of the mattress, plus a huge down comforter that I splurged on while in college. I miss the comfy-ness of my huge bed, lounging around in the blankets in the morning (or jumping out of them after I've overslept for a work meeting) and having a cup of coffee. The beds in Asia are notoriously hard as brick and I still haven't gotten used to them.

2. My family. I am so close to my mom that it blows my mind that I haven't seen her in almost six months. I talk to her every few days, but it's not the same as sitting at the kitchen counter with her at 1am, talking about celebrity gossip or my latest Dance Marathon ramblings. I miss going out to eat with my dad. I miss looking for my niece the second I walked in the door every time I visited from Indy. I miss my sister's silly accents and dumb jokes that I always laugh at.

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3. Chipotle. Or any kind of Mexican food, for that matter. Nobody does Mexican food like the States… or Mexico. Mexican food isn't a thing here, and the one chain I found in Aus that sells Mexican food doesn't even come close. I need a salad bowl with brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, corn salsa, guac, and vinaigrette, stat!

4. Driving my car. This was the number one thing I missed when I studying abroad in Spain, and it's still up there. I miss getting in my car, rolling the windows down, playing my music, and even just going through the drive through at Starbucks. I've been relying on trains, buses, and planes to get me where I need to go -- I will be so excited to drive once I get home!

5. My friends. I was surrounded with friends in Indy who knew the ins and outs of my daily life in that city. Those friendships blossomed with glasses of wine, long work days, walks around the circle, and lunch dates. I miss my high school friends and gathering at my best friend's parents' house for grilled food and good wine in their backyard. I miss driving to Chicago and catching up with my best friend from college and my best friend from middle school.

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6. Brunch dates. I love breakfast and I especially love brunch. Stuffed French toast, veggie omelets, blueberry pancakes, breakfast wraps, black coffee… I definitely have my favorite brunch spots in Valpo and Indy. I miss meeting up with friends at Milktooth or taking my niece to get pancakes at Suzie's Cafe. Asia isn't really big on breakfast, and while Aussies make a good brekky, I usually stuck with the free hostel breakfast of toast and marmalade.

7. Having an income. It is still weird to be traveling with no or very little income. I think it's less about the money and more about the fact that I made money doing a job that I genuinely enjoyed. I have no idea where I am going to end up job-wise when I finally return home, but that first paycheck is going to be exciting.

8. Crushing a workout. I got really into personal fitness after college, and while my level of dedication to the gym varied, nothing ever beat the feeling of getting in a great workout. I haven't done an actual workout since I left, unless you count walking all over cities. I can't bring myself to be one of those people doing squats and lunges outside of the hostel (I'm also amazingly lazy when I travel), but I sure as hell am going to be happy to see a gym once I'm back home.

Basically, I need to be in my bed, with a Chipotle bowl and French toast, surrounded by my friends and family. Throw in a plane ticket to anywhere in the world and consider me a happy girl!

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