Yes, I still have Travel hangover and yes I am still crying over to be home. But when I was in Thailand I missed a lot of things about being home. To move on with my life and to get over this depression I am now trying to focus on those positive things I missed with home when we were away.
It is important that you understand that I am comparing being away in Thailand and not being away in generally because each country is different.
My husband and I love to take long spontaneous walks and in Thailand (mostly in Bangkok) we missed walking a lot. Yes you can walk mostly everywhere in Thailand but I wouldn’t call it enjoyable.
Here are the reasons why:
- It’s to hot! You have between 6-9 am and 4-6pm to walk if you don’t want to melt away of the heat.
- There no sidewalk! If there is one, it is often occupied by street vendors, dogs, parking cars and bikes.
- Traffic! People are driving like crazy and people are driving where they don’t suppose to. I am constantly looking over my shoulder when I am walking.
- I have already mention dogs! They are everywhere and they can be nasty!
- People! To much people!
Eating healthier food
This is more a problem for a health freak like David but I did miss eating healthier food ! When you are in Thailand you are surrounded by food everywhere, 24h! It’s easier and cheaper to eat out than to cook at home. The problem is, we Thai people (included me) love our food very greasy, sweet, salty, sour and spicy and we put meat in mostly everything. It is so delicious but not always very healthy! And when we ate out we had zero control of what they have put in the dishes. Once I ordered an ice tea without sugar. But the ice tea came very sweet. The vendor explained to me that he have put sugar in it because without sugar the ice tea wouldn’t taste good! And we bought once fresh sliced pineapple where the vendor marined the pineapples with sugar to sweeten them. I have no proof but the pineapples clearly tasted like white sugar!
At home we like to buy our food organic and eat less meat. Don’t get me wrong, in Thailand there are a lot of fresh veggies and fruit everywhere but what we missed was a simple home cooked quality meals.
Crazy drivers and traffic jam
It’s awful to be in a car jam with a toddler who hates being in a car. I can survive a car jam, but always having fear for my life every time I am in a car because people are driving like I-don’t-care-about-my-life-neither-yours…that it’s so stressful! There where times we had crazy taxi drivers so we asked to change the taxi. We are happy be to back safely!
What we really missed was Mirabelles hight chair! At home she would sit nicely eating in her high chair. Many restaurants in Thailand have chair for baby but so many more don’t have them. For us it was a problem because without the chair Mirabelle would act like an ape by the table jumping around. We had no peace by the table. It was impossible to make a conversation because one of us always have to look after her. Every meal was a disaster!
Ohh how much I missed fresh air! Back at home we usually let at least a window half-open to have fresh air circulate in the appartement. In Thailand the only fresh air we got was the AC!
For those of you who have been to Thailand, do you agree with me? What do you miss when you are away from home?