It’s probably no surprise, but some of the most difficult times to be on the road are during holidays. Generally we weren’t alone, but except with some friends in Africa, we rarely were with other travelers long enough to develop a deep relationship. We were surrounded by great people and sharing your traditions can be fun and memorable, but it’s just not the same as being home.
I’ll never regret spending Thanksgiving in India, sharing the story and celebration with our couchsurfing hosts, nor my birthday in Colombia or the amazing couchsurfers who threw a birthday weekend for Danny in South Africa. But when we came around for the second birthday, the second anniversary away, it was a little more difficult and we felt in some ways cut off. This year, we’re home and we’re spending the holidays with some good friends we met in Africa that have just immigrated to the U.S.
This week take a second to think about the people that aren’t celebrating with their friends and family. Consider yourself lucky if you are, and if you aren’t, remember that someone else around you might be in the same boat. That act of kindness, inviting someone to a festive dinner, sharing your own holiday traditions or passing along a piece of candy can really make a difference. For our own friends in all the corners of the globe, we are thinking of you guys and hope that wherever you are, you’re having a great holiday.