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I love to travel, whether it’s to another neighborhood in my home town or to the other side of the world. There’s nothing quite as fun as seeing new sights, hearing new sounds and tasting new tastes.

But there are a few moments when I crave those home comforts that I never quite get back in Australia.

For the year up to August 2017, 8.7 million overseas visitors came to Australia.

A lot of them will love Oz, but they may end up feeling homesick too! In this blog post, I’m going to name the five things I miss the most when on my travels.

The Top Five Things I Miss When Travelling

Home-Cooked Food

On my travels, I get to experience so many new things. One experience I enjoy more than most is tasting food from different countries.

It is a bit of a lottery, but there is a good chance that I might end up eating something I like! There is, however, a small risk that I might not like what goes in my mouth.

If I end up eating something that’s too hot, too cold, overcooked or undercooked, I will eventually be pining for my favourite food back Down Under. When I am cooking at home, I know what I am actually eating.

You should always remember to consider your interests when booking a trip

Seeing Family and Friends

I usually go on adventures with my husband in tow. It’s great to have some company with me, but when I am thousands of miles from home, being away from those I love can be hard to bear.

At home, I have a lot of friends and family who I cherish being able to see within a short walk from my front door.

Sure, I can speak to them by using social media or with my smartphone. However, I prefer to speak to those I love face-to-face.

Besides, if I’m somewhere deep in the mountains or forests of Thailand or even the Outback, a good WiFi connection is hard to find!

Reliable Technology

Speaking of technology, reliable WiFi is something else I miss. At home, I can write my latest blog post about my travels without worrying about the connection dropping.

In some hotels, this cannot be taken for granted, nor can access to some of my favourite websites and apps. In my spare time, I often use my computer to look at the markets to boost my knowledge about currencies in other countries.

In using the easiest trading platform Australia has to offer, I can access the latest news without the connection cutting out. My computer is also useful for shopping, especially when buying plane tickets to my next destination.

My Car

Even for those long-distance trips away from home, my car is a convenience I often long for when I’m abroad. The ability to just hop in and drive to all parts of the country is something I love.

The car is also there for all of those errands that need doing – grocery shopping, taking the kids to school and so on. I do like to board a plane, but when I arrive in a different country, I worry about paying for a rental car and all the paperwork.

That can make a holiday less enjoyable and more expensive. There is a possibility that you might be charged for something you don’t want; that’s why I think about renting a bike instead!

My Wardrobe

One of the biggest drawbacks about travelling is baggage allowances. For every trip, I want to wear some of my favourite outfits and have a varied wardrobe to choose from.

Sadly, I find myself restricted by the allowances set by different airlines, which vary depending on whether I fly economy class or first class.

Qantas have restrictions of between 30 kg and 70 kg per passenger. If I am going hiking or scuba diving, I’ll need at least two different pairs of shoes for the trip, plus special clothes for more adventurous activities.

30 kg is barely one full suitcase! At home, I get to wear whatever I have in my wardrobe, without worrying about leaving something at the check-in desk.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

If you enjoy getting social, you can follow their journey on FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest and Instagram.

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