Where’s Home for a Barefoot Nomad?

Where is home?

Is it a specific place? The house you grew up in? The room you keep your most treasured possessions?

Is it a circle of friends and family? A group of people that support and give you strength?

Is it a country? Lines drawn on a map, forged by treaties and wars and negotiations?

Micki in a Hammock in Ko Lanta Thailand
Home in a hammock

Once, home was what I knew, what was familiar, what was nearby. It was a place of comfort and security. Back then the outside world was unknown, full of places I hadn’t seen and unfamiliar people.

We’ve been on the road, off and on, for over ten years now. First as a couple hanging out in dodgy hostels and hanging off the back of tuk-tuks in Thailand, and now as a family with two little travelers leading the charge.

All those years have left an imprint: Home is a mosaic; a collection of places and people, tastes and sounds.

Home is our one room bamboo hut overlooking the beach in Ko Lanta, Thailand.

Home is putting up our feet on the balcony overlooking our private waterfall in Bukit Lawang, Indonesia.

Feet up on our balcony Bukit Lawang waterfall
Private waterfall in the jungle – $15 USD a night

Home is the beautiful, bizarre landscapes of the Devil’s Marbles in Australia.

Devils Marbles Australia
Devils Marbles at Sunset

Most of all, home is where our bare feet take us.

Family in a Tree

We’re not the only ones thinking about what home means. Check out these thoughts on home by some of our favorite family travel bloggers.

Bohemian Travelers… Home is Every Where

The Nomadic Family… I Hate Home, and That One, and That One

Flashpacker Family… My Heart Doesn’t Lie at Home

Living Outside of the Box… Where is Home?

Life Changing Year… I Never Thought We’d Be Home For Christmas!

A Minor Diversion – A Minor Diversion Comes Home  ‎

Grow In Grace Life…Home… Where Ever We Are, There We Are

Witness Humanity…. Things I will miss about New York (or a Guide to the Awesomeness that is NYC)

Discover Share Inspire… We’ll Be Home for Christmas (or How to Always Be Home for the Holidays)

Simon Says… Where are you from?

Gypseekers… Are We Home Yet?: Re-entering Society After a Round the World Adventure

Expat Experiment… Traveling Home

Here’s one more for the road – one of my favorite travel songs, Send Me on my Way, by Rusted Root.

Where is home for you?