After her travels along the yellow brick road, Dorothy may well have been right in saying…..There’s No Place Like Home.
I love to travel and whether it’s a weekend away, a shortbreak or weeks at a time I always like coming home. As I step through my front door there’s a sense of familiarity and stillness. It’s a unique feeling and one that I never tire of. And of course there are my home comforts which make my home my sanctuary.
The things I enjoy most when returning home from travelling are:
My bed – I love nothing more than sleeping in my own bed. Through all of my travels there have only been two beds that have rivalled my own. The first was in a hotel in San Francisco eight years ago. The second was on Cunards Queen Victoria this August. I have a thing about my pillows, they have to be just the right firmness. I always struggle while I am away with pillows, although I have to say, the pillows on the Queen Victoria were amazing!
My first cup of coffee – I admit I am a coffee addict and the first thing I do, after dropping my bags at the front door, is head to the kitchen and put the kettle on. As much as I enjoy drinking ‘proper’ coffee there’s something comforting about that first one at home in my own cup.
My sofas – Everyone has always commented on how comfortable my sofas are and I can’t disagree. After grabbing a cup of coffee I’m settled with my feet up. Taking time to become familiar with my home again is important.
My spa inspired bathroom – I love my power shower. When re-designing my bathroom the shower was something I knew needed to be both a feature and powerful. I detest showers that are nothing more than a trickle of water or showers that are designed for tall people. So usually, not long after I step through the door I’m heading for my shower. That first shower, after travelling, is something that I relish and there’s certainly no rushing the experience.
My wardrobes – Although there is something to be said for minimal selection, I do prefer to have my clothes and accessories to choose from and not having to live out of a bag or suitcase. I usually re-discover items I haven’t worn for a while and start to experiment a bit more.
What’s the best part about returning home for you?