The ever changing meaning of: Home

Last week I shared a beautiful photo on my Facebook page. It was taken from the International Space station and shows the shining lakes, spine of mountains and endless green of the south island of new Zealand. I shared it with the caption: ‘home’. My best friend in Cairns responded that NO – my home is Cairns, not New Zealand!

I knew what she meant, of course. But it got me thinking how my idea of what and where home is has changed and evolved over my life as my world has slowly expanded. Aged 18, leaving home for University felt like the biggest leap in the world. Nowadays I pack up my things for a new country on a seemingly annual basis, and each time I do I carve out a new home.

The image of home for me is now so many different things. It’s reading the Sunday times at my Dad’s kitchen table. Laughing with my friends in pubs we’ve been frequenting for half of our lives. Eating fresh eggs as I chat to my in-laws while their dog waits for crumbs. Looking down Lancaster’s high street towards its intimidating castle surrounded by cloud. Standing on Waterloo bridge and feeling invisible. Watching the sun go down in a bean bag with sand between my toes. Having a cloud of bats fly over my head at dusk. Tasting the salt of the Great Barrier Reef surrounded by a thousand different fish. Campfires in the rainforest beneath a million stars.

And now? Now I have a home in the mountains. Bright blue lakes with a covering of wood smoke. Terrible internet and forecasts of snow. Very short vowel sounds.

New Zealand has burrowed into my heart and somehow found an extra corner to reside in. I didn’t think there was any room left! But time and time again I’ve come to realise that home really can be anywhere you want. It’s also not necessarily a singular term – I don’t love other places any les

s when I become infatuated with a new one. Apparently I’ve got a limitless capacity for calling places home. Long may that continue!

What does home mean to you? Do you have lots of homes, or just the one? Can you imagine making a home somewhere new? Let me know in the comments!

I wrote this as part of the monthly travel link up. This month’s topic: Home

Whether it is an adopted home, a birth home or somewhere that felt like it was a second skin – we can’t wait to share you passion.It could be a country, a city, a scent, a view. Or even the special moments that you like to share with visitors.

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Basically all we ask is that you check out some of the other cool bloggers that are involved in that months travel link up; tweet a few of the posts out to your followers that you think they will love and make a few comments here and there. It really is a great way to meet some new travel bloggers and share some blogging joy!

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  • Reply Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Isn’t it weird how these extra countries can wriggle their way into our hearts – even with terrible internet!

    June 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      Mountains trump internet 😉

      June 5, 2017 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

    lovely post!

    June 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      Thanks so much!

      June 5, 2017 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Eppie

    I can’t even deal with how beautiful those images are 😀

    June 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      Aww thanks so much!!

      June 5, 2017 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Love your writing in this post 🙂 You make all your homes sound so diverse and lovely. I think I could definitely call wood-smoke covered mountains and lakes a home someday too 🙂

    June 3, 2017 at 12:12 am
    • Reply Cheskie

      Thank you 🙂 NZ is definitely an amazing place to call home.

      June 5, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Vanessa Brune

    I know the feeling! Back in Germany, nobody understands when I speak of Norway as home but for me, home can be so many places – and feelings more importantly!

    June 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      Exactly! Home isn’t a singular 😉

      June 5, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Ngaire

    Yay another Kiwi home! Stunning photos!

    June 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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