One of the many joys and purposes of travel is to go to new places, to see and discover new experiences, and to taste all sorts of different foods that you wouldn’t be able to try if you were at home.
However, it is really common for people that travel for an extended period to get quite homesick. Being homesick is a phenomenon that can have a significant mental and physical impact on you, so it is best not to fight it but to have some strategies ready to combat it.
These strategies are also particularly important if you are traveling with young children who might not be able to clearly articulate when they are feeling homesick.
It is important not to underestimate the importance of food in our lives. There is a lot more to food than just giving us the sustenance and nutrients that our body needs, it plays quite a psychological and social role in our lives as well.
If you are traveling to different parts of the world where the food that is available is quite different to what you are used to at home this will at first be tremendously exciting and fun, but you may find after a while that you start to crave just something simple and familiar, some sort of little treat from home that lifts your spirits and enables you to carry on with your travels.
The treats from home that will help lift your spirits will probably vary for everyone – for some people it is as simple as a cup of tea, or a chocolate bar – for me it is bread.
One of the most common things that we all eat with a lot of meals is bread, and bread is generally available in some form or other wherever you travel. This simple combination of flour dough and water is acknowledged as one of the world’s oldest food staples.
While the core recipe may be incredibly simple, the extraordinary variations that you can make with bread are staggering – shapes, sizes, textures, and flavors can all be varied and each region has evolved their own style of bread making. Other variations include when bread is served and how it is eaten. It can even play an important role in religious and cultural ceremonies.
But it is funny how we all seem to get quite used to the specific styles of bread – whether you start your day with a baguette, some brioche, or a simple piece of toast, bread can be an important touchpoint in your day to day lives, one that you will soon begin to miss while on your travels.
I am a big fan of the electric bread maker that I have at my home – every morning when I wake up it has prepared a perfectly baked loaf of bread with which I can happily start my day.
I realized that my love of this bread maker was getting a bit out of hand when I was away on holidays recently and there were some Panasonic bread maker reviews featured in the local paper that I was reading. I looked at the dark rye bread that I was trying to chew through over breakfast and a little tear rolled down my cheek, wishing I was at home in my kitchen, tucking into a freshly baked loaf of bread that was exactly as I liked it.
But moments like these are few and far between and we shouldn’t let a little homesickness spoil our hard earned holidays. Be prepared and pack a few emergency comfort food items into your suitcase. This will ensure that you can really embrace all of the fascinating local cultures and customers that you have travelled so far to experience first hand. Who knows, you might pick up a few local delicacies that you will want to take home and make part of your daily routine! Don’t pack a bread maker to take on your holidays though -that’s just being ridiculous.