Wanderlust
Things No One Tells You About Moving Away From Home
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Published: Feb 19, 2015

You won’t be able to replace your favorite coffee shop or restaurant.

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Source: The Daily Eater

And you’ll find yourself missing places that you never knew you loved.

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Source: TREK EARTH

You’ll learn to appreciate the art of letter writing.

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Source: Dr. Vidya Hattangadi

The first time you visit home it will be so hard, because it will feel so familiar and easy, almost like you never left.

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Source: Eating Bird Food

But then you’ll remind yourself that even though leaving home is scary, it’s what you needed to do.

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Source: Tune Ins Holding Berhad

Saying good-bye to your childhood pet might be the hardest good-bye of all.

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Source: Family Health and Wellness

You’ll have to learn how to to fit your whole life into the trunk of a car.

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Source: Roadtrippers
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When you come back home for the first time, your room might not look the way you left it, which will make you realise that it’s no longer “yours.”

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Source: 15406 Hazel Thicket Tr

You’ll realise you took for granted the full fridge you had at home.

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Source: Boroume (ΜΠΟΡΟΥΜΕ)

The first couple weeks away from home, your Saturday nights might be spent like this — and that’s OK.

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Source: Photo Bucket (kw_bike’s Bucket)

Seeing your hometown through a plane window will be a sight you learn to love and hate.

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Source: Flickr (Window Seat Please)

Hanging out with your friends from back home might be dependent upon a good Wi-Fi connection.

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Source: Google Playstore

You’ll suddenly realise life back home goes on without you when you miss an important family birthday party.

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Source: kildare Free Ads in Ireland

You’ll learn to explore by yourself.

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Source: Chamonet

The first time a problem arises when you’re on your own, you’ll panic, but there’s no greater feeling than conquering it by yourself.

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Source: Sheknows

You’ll keep your old house key on your key chain, as a reminder that you can always go home.

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Source: The Guardian

You’ll realise just how much you miss being able to talk to your parents whenever you want.

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Source: ParentDish

You might lose touch with some of your friends, but when you go home you’ll pick up right where you left off.

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Source: Hopkins Insider

You’ll realise that chasing your dreams isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it.

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Source: AnnaWrites

And one day, you’ll finally realise that home is wherever you want it to be.

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Source: Koenig Insurance Agency, Inc

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