The Things I’m Going To Miss From Home


lauren Juliff with an umbrella
Pretend this is a picture of me in a bath. With an umbrella.

With only 3 days left until my departure for my round the world trip, I find myself thinking more and more about the people and things I will be leaving behind. I’ve found the past two weeks to be extremely hard as I’ve had to meet up and say goodbye to my friends one by one. There’s been lots of hugs and even more tears and I know I’m going to miss them SO much. I get more upset with each passing day when I think about having to say goodbye to my family, and it’s worse because I know just how upset they all are that I’m leaving.

So this got me onto thinking, apart from my friends and family, what else am I going to miss…?

Massively long baths.

Pretend this is a picture of me in a bath. With an umbrella.

I think I could live in the bath – as long as it was regularly topped up with hot water and I found some way to stop my skin shriveling up. Sometimes I will fill the bath with 99% hot water, and just a tiny bit of cold so that when I get out my skin is bright red from the neck down. I love my bath routine, it brings so much joy to my evenings. First of all, I drag a big, heavy chair into the bathroom with me. This is where I rest my laptop. I then load up one of my favourite TV shows and then sit in the bath for a good 40 minutes watching. Sometimes I’ve been known to stay in for 3 episodes. That’s 2 hours. Showers just cannot compete with my bath time.

Cheese

I’m eating cheese on a bus.

My favourite food in the whole world!

The Lauren Special.

I wrote recently about my absolutely appalling experiences in eating decent foods. I practically live on junk food. One of my favourite things to eat is a frozen ready meal that I have nicknamed The Lauren Special. We sell it at the store where I used to work and after spending months glaring at it in disgust I decided to buy it and see what all the fuss was about. It was like heaven! I soon became addicted and started eating it more than twice a week… So what is The Lauren Special? Well, it consists of a tray filled to the brim with baked beans, small lumps of potatoes, sausages and lumps of cheese. These ingredients are then all smooshed up together and frozen. Simply microwave for 5 minutes and it’s good to eat! Yum.

Being Lazy.

Napping with a bush baby on my face.

Since I finished university, I found myself at home alone with nothing at all to do during the week. After such a stressful year, it’s been really nice to just sit and chill out, spend all day online and achieve absolutely nothing. I now seem to have acquired the habit of napping for 5 hours every day and I just can’t stop. I nap when I’m chatting to people on Skype, I nap when I’m in the middle of conversations with my family, I even nap on the train. I’m going to miss napping for 75% of the day.

Putting conkers in the corner of every room.

I do this every autumn without fail. Why? To ward away bugs and insects, obviously! I read somewhere that spiders don’t like the smell of conkers so if you keep a load in a room, they will not enter! I tried it and found that it actually did work! Now, I no longer have to deal with spiders hanging around in front of my face creeping me out. So every autumn I go out with a black sack, top it up with as many conkers I can find and then spend a good few hours putting conkers in every single corner of every room. I do get some strange questions when people come to visit, but it’s worth it to have a spider free home! Do you get conkers in Australia?

Hair Straighteners.

Untamed Lauren.

I have decided not to take hair straighteners on my trip and this is making me panic, so much so that I’ve even considered getting my hair chemically straightened for my trip. It is wild and uncontrollable, and at home I normally spend a couple of hours every day straightening it. Without straighteners I am likely to spend half of my trip sauntering around with a huge afro flying around in everyone’s faces. It’s definitely going to be interesting. Maybe I will learn to embrace my wild mane and decide to never use straighteners again. I doubt it though.

 

I’m sure once I leave I’ll realise I actually miss a lot of things I haven’t even considered yet. What things did you miss most from home whilst traveling?

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39 Comments

  1. Sunee
    July 14, 2011
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    I don’t think you’ll miss any of that stuff, except perhaps the bath :) And why is it that people with curly hair always want straight hair, and vice versa? I think your hair looks great like that, leave the straighteners at home :)

    I’ve never been on a RTW trip so perhaps I’m not really qualified to comment, but depending on how long I’ve been away, the only thing I usually miss is hearing people speak in my own language. Of course, things like my own bed and the availability of Cream Soda are all nice perks when coming back home :)

    • Lauren
      July 14, 2011
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      I like my hair curly when I have many many products to keep it in check… Otherwise it drives me insane!

      Definitely will NOT miss my bed.. I hate my bed!

  2. Toni
    July 14, 2011
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    You’ll miss that stuff for; oooooh, about five minutes and then you’ll really how totally fantastic your travels are and forget them! =) Though I’ll agree on the cheese lol

    • Lauren
      July 14, 2011
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      Hahahaha, probably! Ah, cheese is so amazing…

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    July 14, 2011
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    July 14, 2011
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  5. Shannon
    July 14, 2011
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    Yup, totally agree on the cheese. Cheese is awesome. I’ve been eating those little babybel’s trying to get my fix before I leave. I think while traveling you can still be lazy right? I plan to have those lazy days of doing nothing. :)

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
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      Cheese rocks! I wish I could take a load with me!

  6. Rebecca
    July 14, 2011
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    But if you are going to NZ, get ready for some seriously delicious cheese!! Yes, it might taste a *little* different, but then, that is what travelling is all about!

    And I spoiled myself every few months or so and stayed in a proper hotel with a tub. And didn’t do anything those days. And enjoyed it immensely!

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
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      It tastes different? I’m intrigued! As long as it’s not like american cheese which is bleurgh!

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    July 14, 2011
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    July 15, 2011
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  9. Two Travelaholics
    July 15, 2011
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    haha I’ll miss hair straighteners too! My hair is a mess in all my pics from my last long-term backpacking trip. I didn’t use gel either, just a little clip and hair bands.

    And you should try to be lazy sometimes or you’ll drive yourself mad being on the go so much. Good luck!

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
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      I am going to have to use gel or I’ll get so stressed about it… I just go through it soooo quickly!

      Lazy days are good, just no more lazy weeks/months! :P

  10. Nomadic Matt
    July 15, 2011
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    That’s a lot of hair.

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
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      Hahahahaha, I KNOW!!

  11. crazy sexy fun traveler
    July 15, 2011
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    You will miss much more, but you will get many new things as well so don’t worry. But prepare yourself mentally that your hair is gonna get more damaged while traveling full-time, I lost half hair :(

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
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      Oh no, really?! My hair always starts to fall out when I go on holiday, so I dread to think what it will be like now I’m going to be away long-term… I’ll come back bald!

  12. Elle
    July 18, 2011
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    Haha I love that cheese and hair straighteners are on your list. Cheese is my favorite food too and I’m lactose intolerant. It’s totally worth the belly ache!

    I know everyone is against packing a straightener on a RTW so I have a feeling I’ll wind up leaving mine behind too. I’m going to have some serious bad hair days.

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
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      Hahahaha, I couldn’t imagine not being able to eat cheese! Poor you!

      I’ve already had sooooo many bad hair days and literally have hardly any photos up of me at all!

  13. Michael Hodson
    July 19, 2011
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    Baths??!! Hahahahahahaha. Wait till you go a week or two without even a hot shower ;)

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
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      I don’t mind cold showers :)

  14. Michael Hodson
    July 19, 2011
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  15. Torre – Fearful Adventurer
    July 21, 2011
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    I like your wild mane of hair!

    I had my frizzy, psychopathic hair chemically straightened before I went traveling for a few months. It was so great not to have to worry about my hair – I’d just wake up and it’d be dead straight. And when I said DEAD STRAIGHT I mean dead-ugly straight. I look back on my pics with disgust, realising retrospectively that it’s not a becoming look. My hair has finally grown back out to wild, crazy-person locks and I’m embracing what nature gave me.

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
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      I think I would have regretted having it chemically straightened too. I’m starting to embrace my crazy hair, but there are days when I wish it was more easier to control!

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    July 21, 2011
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    July 21, 2011
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    July 21, 2011
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  19. Nomadic Samuel
    July 22, 2011
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    The first thing I did after coming home from a 12 month backpacking trip across Asia was take a loooooooong bath :) I wouldn’t worry about the people you are leaving behind changing or feeling out of place when you return. In my experience, most things will be the same only you may have changed.

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
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      Hahahaha, I’ve only been gone a week and I miss my baths so much!

  20. Samuel Jeffery
    July 22, 2011
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  21. Mack Reynolds
    July 22, 2011
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    cheese in your pocket? hahaha. seriously though, what are conkers? i’m not familiar with this term.

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
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      Yeah, I think it’s a British term. They are apparently the seeds you get from horse chestnut trees..

  22. Mack Reynolds
    July 28, 2011
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    wow. you learn something new everyday. thanks for the info.

  23. Jennifer Nixon (@jenniferbnixon)
    August 8, 2011
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    Lauren I LOVE cheese too, I’m totally with you on the cutting it into cubes and snacking on it all day thing – GENIUS! finding hair straighteners that work in every corner of the globe is the bane of my life, I have 5 different types of portable ones, none that will tame my mane – I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK WITH THAT!! xx

    • Lauren
      August 9, 2011
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      Yay, another crazy cheese freak!

      I am dying without my hair straighteners, but gradually getting used to wild curly hair :)

  24. Johnny Drako
    December 29, 2011
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    Almost every time a woman catches my eye it is first because she has your Irish type of hair. My dearly departed had this incredible, GORGEOUS hair. To each their own, Lauren, but I would surely be disappointed should we happen upon each other sometime in, say, K.L. and your hair looked freshly ironed! ;-)

  25. Vanessa
    January 6, 2012
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    Nothing stops Australian spiders!!!

  26. Shannon
    July 6, 2012
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    I am so glad to hear that someone else uses the conker trick! I get some really weird looks and questions when people notice the little piles of conkers on the floor in my room. It is brilliant though!

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