|My biggest move ever: from my German home to my Australian home|
I get quite a few emails from readers who have found my blog while looking for resources on reverse culture shock, and last week another reader, Allan, left a message on the Facebook page about surviving reverse culture shock – and he has an interesting question for me and for Not A Ballerina readers:
What if you have been living, working and traveling in so many countries for so long that you no longer feel like anywhere is home?
One thing that came to mind is a blog I follow called The Longest Way Home, which is one man’s (years-long) search for a new place to call home. It’s a fascinating idea – to have no ties to a place you grew up in and to decide to travel the globe (slowly) looking for the ultimate place to live. Perhaps that’s an option for people like Allan?
As I wrote already to Allan, I guess I’m lucky because I always felt like Perth would be home again – mostly because I still have some close family members here – and because I consider it a good place for kids to grow up. That’s not to say that I don’t often feel a pull to some of my other “homes”, and in particular, of course, to Germany, my husband’s homeland (although if I asked him, I’m pretty sure he’d say Perth is his home!).
But I’m certainly nowhere near the position that Allan seems to find himself in – when you have been wandering the globe for so long that nowhere really feels like home. Are there any readers out there with some tips or advice, either from personal experience or from people they know who’ve found themselves “globally homeless”? Please let me (and Allan) know in the comments.