Don told me over dinner one night recently that one of the things he’d been a bit afraid of before we became nomads and set out on this long-term travel was that he’d miss home cooking. Apparently he doesn’t. Good thing, since I don’t even remotely miss home cooking. I love not having to cook.
What I miss, sometimes, is not being able to eat at home, wherever home might be. Sometimes I just don’t want to go out for dinner. Or breakfast for that matter.
Every hotel is home now, and on arrival we unpack, hang our clothes in the cupboard if there is one, and do all we can to make the room home and not be living literally out of a suitcase.
The hotels I love the most, that give the greatest feeling of home, have two things in addition to the basics (clean, wifi, private bathroom, good location). They have an electric kettle so I can make myself a cup of tea first thing in the morning, and they have a restaurant with good food. The best so far have been Samui Beach Resort on Koh Samui, Thailand, and the Umaid Bhawan Hotel in Jaipur, India. Both had restaurants that had really good food so we didn’t have to go out for dinner, or breakfast. We could eat at home. There’s some days I really appreciate that.
Photo of the day: On the river, downtown Phnom Penh, heading home at the end of the day
All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted.
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Isn’t it funny…When we “have” to cook we think how nice it would be to be taken out… ?and vice versa…. I totally know what you are saying…:0) enjoy….Thailand sounds amazing…
And when we’re eating out all the time we’d love some home cooking lol. Only *I* don’t want to have to do the cooking 🙂 so I love that aspect of nomading. It’s just nice sometimes to be able to eat in the same building that I’m sleeping in.
Couldn’t do that in the hotel in Jodhpur – there was a restaurant but the food was really bad. And some hotels we stay in don’t have restaurants. So I love it when it all comes together, and then the hotel really feels like home.
Quite the life. Nice to not bother with dishes anyway. Glad to reconnect with you this year …
•.★♥★Happy New Year to You & Yours!★♥★.•
I love not having to bother with dishes 🙂
Happy New Year to you and yours too! Wishing you many blessings.
not having to bother with dishes.. now that sounds the like the good life 🙂 🙂
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Happy New Year, Alison & Don, I m in such awe of your travel pics & stories 🙂
Much appreciation & love, Sonja
Thank you! I’m happy you’re enjoying the blog.
And Happy New Year to you too. May 2013 bring many blessings!
Hugs and love
Hello Alison & Don, I’m so happy to have found your blog. Wishing you a most joyous New Year and look forwards to sharing ideas and posts with you. Be well!
Hey thanks 1Earth. Looking forward to that too. And Happy New Year to you! May 2013 bring you many blessings.
Yep. These are the things I like too as well as your stunning photo!
Thanks Cindy. It’s 18 months since I wrote that post and I still feel the same way, though now we’re in Vancouver for 6 months and housesitting for pretty much all that time I guess I’ll be doing a little home cooking 🙂