Most of us leave our places of origin whether by force or by choice. As we go through life, we may find ourselves far away from the place that has been our source of comfort in childhood. As we follow our dreams in love, work, and personal goals, we will venture far and beyond our hometown. How would it feel like to travel back instead of forward, to look into the past instead of the future, and to discover roots that will always lie waiting in our hometown?
One of the common aspects of traveling is going away to reach another place. It is seldom thought of in the aspect of going back home. Going back to one’s place of origin is not only a travel of distance but a travel of time that brings us back to our roots.
Every person, whether a prolific traveler or not, will always have that one place that would represent his or her beginnings which is not necessarily a home. Places of origin will not always represent good memories. Having less than good memories make it difficult for many to go back.
The Traveler’s Journey
Every traveler’s journey has a beginning and for most that will be the hometown. It is the place that remains in one’s heart no matter how far one travels, no matter how beautiful other sites would be, and no matter how strong the call to stay. For many, it will always be the basis of comparison for any destination.
Frequent travelers will be able to record many places in their journey. Each providing at least one thing that is worth remembering. They can reach the far ends of the earth and still there will be something missing – the journey back to their origin.
Visiting the Hometown
Going back to one’s hometown comes with expectations of welcoming that can never be provided by any other place.There is familiarity to look forward to, not to mention the warmth of being with family. Seeing old faces and places that will always form part of one’s life makes for a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Instead of making new memories like we do when we travel to other places, we refresh existing ones. We try to recall how it was and how it used to be. As we leave once again, we carry our hometown in our hearts wherever our feet take us.