How long can you be on the road before you want to return home?

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    Aug 17, 2016 10:35 PM GMT
    I'm finding that up to 3 weeks away feels good but then I have to be at my own gym for awhile.
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    Aug 17, 2016 10:52 PM GMT
    I get restless at about 10 days and rarely if ever have I stayed anywhere longer than 2 weeks, even if the trip to get there was extreme [e.g. Sydney, Capetown].
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    Aug 18, 2016 12:49 AM GMT
    I've had a kinda a gypsy soul since I was a kid, always like to be moving around. I look upon any home as a "base of operations" that enables me to accomplish travel to other places, a logistical support structure.

    I can travel for quite extended periods of time, and have. One Spring I bought a new motorcycle here in Fort Lauderdale, after visiting for 8 weeks, and promptly rode it solo 4700 miles across the US to my home in Seattle. Taking me nearly another 2 weeks, but I wasn't in a hurry, saw all kinds of things, like Mt. Rushmore and so much more.

    I was back in Seattle for about 2 weeks or so, checking my mail, doing some doctor's appointments, bringing things up to date. Then I took off again on the bike, crossing the Rockies a second time and touring the northern US tier States, going up into Canada and riding through there, before returning to Seattle. Another 5000 miles, so that in about 2 months I had put nearly 11,000 miles on the thing, all solo.

    Then I spent the rest of the summer living in my camper trailer, with the bike along. Beautiful State campsites in the Pacific Northwest deep in the woods, although you could only remain 12 days continuous, then you had to move. I'd just go to another. And sometimes return to my favorite place north of Puget Sound on the water, because that was permitted after a break.

    I'd ride the bike back into the city periodically to check my mail and pay bills and such, but return to my camper that same day. And tour all over the Cascades and Olympics, my camper having become my home for a few months. Until late September when the parks started to close or reduce operations.

    Travel less now, my husband doesn't enjoy it, and I won't leave him alone. And frankly my age & health are limiting me. But if I could have a huge motorhome or fifth-wheeler (and someone else to drive) I could live that way. I love to wander & explore. Staying always in 1 place is my death.
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    Aug 18, 2016 12:51 AM GMT
    We found that two weeks were too long away from home.
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    Aug 18, 2016 1:00 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidWe found that two weeks were too long away from home.

    Whereas at 2 weeks away I'm just getting warmed up. LOL! But my husband gets antsy at barely a week from home.
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    Aug 18, 2016 1:07 AM GMT
    I don't know if you have visited Seattle recently but it has transformed. Amazon, Google, Facebook and hundreds of start-ups are bringing many, many people to Seattle to work and live. So sitting in my garden, it is like folks of different countries speaking different languages pass by. I really don't have to go anywhere, the world is coming to me!
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    Aug 18, 2016 1:19 AM GMT
    woodsmen said
    I don't know if you have visited Seattle recently but it has transformed. Amazon, Google, Facebook and hundreds of start-ups are bringing many, many people to Seattle to work and live. So sitting in my garden, it is like folks of different countries speaking different languages pass by. I really don't have to go anywhere, the world is coming to me!

    Well that's interesting! The relatively large college student populations always gave Seattle a highly varied community, even international, especially in places like Cap Hill, which is also the gay mecca. Over the years I also had a couple of BFs who lived on First Hill.

    But downtown in the business district I always thought it looked like most big US cities. Although with a fair number of Asians. The hi-techs you mention were mostly locating in the suburbs, in places like Bellevue, Kirkland & Redmond. Have they a presence in Seattle proper itself now?
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    Aug 18, 2016 1:34 AM GMT
    Yes, the tech community is moving downtown, Belltown. The epicenter is the headquarters of Amazon.com. They purchase land from the Fisher family (and from Vulcan) that basically multitude of blocks bordered by Stewart St., 5th Ave., Westlake Ave., and Denny. There are so many young people now downtown.
  • surfin

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    Aug 18, 2016 2:08 AM GMT
    Last time I did this I toured central Europe and Italy for 2 months and found that I only missed going home the minute the plane left the airport on my trip back to Lisbon. Then, I thought, "It has been a hell of a ride, but it's going to be pretty awsome to see my family and friends again". Maybe also because I was starting a new phase then, I faced the come back as a new challenge, which kind of seemed like the beginning of a new adventure/ride on its own.
    During my tour, I did not really feel homesick or missing anything in particular. Maybe only the beach and the water, because I did this tour in july/august hehe
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    Aug 18, 2016 9:33 AM GMT
    even if both of us were away on vacation i have a dog i would miss.
    we lived here for some time and its not un comfortable.
    if we leave that is the time we start to get phone calls
    I have been painting and getting the house ready to sell so i would worry about that.
  • Corby

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    Aug 30, 2016 1:14 AM GMT
    All the time! I have no "missing home" feeling!
  • blueandgold

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    Aug 30, 2016 3:26 AM GMT
    My last trip was about three months in Colombia. I was glad to come home, and certainly appreciated it more. I'd say about three months is when I start to really feel the need to come home.

    Its certainly strange developing a new routine in a foreign place. Where to shop, eat, work out, etc. It can be more stressful than you might imagine, and requires a certain mindset.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 30, 2016 5:27 AM GMT
    After about two weeks I start missing my pups. And my gym. And my own cooking. So 2 1/2 - 3 weeks max. I like home. My guy is more of a wanderlust guy. He could stay on the road forever.