What Will We Miss About Home While On The Road
Right now we are rushing to pack the last few items in our backpacks so we can hit the road for our seven week adventure in Mexico. I’m sure we’ll all have a great time while on the trip, but travel fatigue is also a possibility.
Before we leave, it’s a good time to reflect on how great our lives at home are by thinking about the things we’ll miss the most. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and you don’t know what you got till it’s gone, as they say. Even though we don’t spend a lot of money, I recognize by world standards that we live a luxuriously bountiful life that offers everything we need and then some.
Here’s what everyone in the family thinks they will miss over the next seven weeks:
Things Mrs. Root of Good and I will miss:
- Air conditioning. We won’t have this for 6 weeks and high temps will be in the low to mid-80’s (but 55 to 60 at night).
- Comfort of our own home. Everything is how we want it and it’s all familiar and easy.
- Lounging on the back deck. It’s getting too hot for that most days at home, but should be nice enough for relaxing on the patio or rooftop terraces at our rentals in Mexico.
- Peace and quiet. There’s a possibility of fireworks, loud cars, and barking dogs since we’ll be staying in town.
- Family and friends. Skype videochatting will help.
- Babysitters. We won’t have our family to babysit whenever we need it.
- Conveniences like our car. We’ll have to think a little more about where we are going and which bus or subway line to take.
- Grocery stores that we are familiar with. However, visiting foreign grocery stores is a cool part of the culture, so learning what they have for sale and how they are organized is part of the fun, too.
- English being the default language. It’s easy and natural and we don’t have to think. After a while you Just. Want. To. Speak. English. But the Spanish immersion will help all of us grow our foreign language proficiency.
- Waking up every day with nothing to do. Hey, the routine of early retired life is pretty awesome! We hope to mix in lots of relaxation with sightseeing so we don’t get burned out too early in the trip.
- A well stocked fridge, freezer, and pantry. It’s nice to have a variety of cuts of meat at your fingertips plus a selection of canned goods, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables to complement the main dish. In Mexico, we’ll be shopping for a day or two at a time since we’ll be carrying the groceries back home on foot.
- A diverse spice rack and sauce selection (curries, pastes, seasonings, etc). When we cook while on the road, we’ll have to economize on the seasonings and make substitutions at times so we aren’t buying a ton of ingredients for a single dish. We won’t be able to haul a lot of stuff to the next rental. Sometimes simple is good though.
Things our ten year old daughter will miss:
- Knowing where things are around the neighborhood and around town. Although she might learn where things are since we are staying in one place for two weeks at a time
- Knowing where things are around the house. The unfamiliarity of new apartments or hotel rooms will be a challenge.
- Friends. But she knows we may be able to skype with them.
- All the normal types of food like candy, pizza, and ice cream. But she is excited to try the versions of these foods available in Mexico and other new dishes.
- Our cat. In spite of having to feed her daily.
- Speaking lots of English. Time to practice Spanish!
- Air conditioning
- Riding in our own cars
- TV. She has a tablet and should be able to watch Netflix on the road
- Laying on a soft couch relaxing. Our apartment and house rentals have nice sofas!
It sounds like our ten year old has a good grasp on the challenges of life on the road. And her list has a lot of overlap with our list.
Things our eight year old daughter will miss:
- Her toy unicorn named Wishful.
- Her long pants. We’re making her pack shorts due to the heat.
Nothing else, she says. She is a girl of few words.
Three year old son:
- His tablet
He was playing on it at the time of the interview. And proceeded to play on it during the ten seconds he paid attention to me. I told him we were taking it with us and he said “I can play on it on the buses”. Smart kid.
To summarize, the adults and the ten year old will miss a lot. The eight year old and the three year old won’t miss much at all (so they say!). We’ll see what happens once we’re on the road.
Hasta la vista!
What would you miss most about home if you were gone for two months?
photo credit: Russ Bowling @ flickr