First and foremost, we do not need ONE home. There is no problem feeling at home in many different locations. We can feel at home in the van and in the bus, we can feel at home at freinds places and at family homes.
Another premis is the idea: you have to be in the home a LOT of the time. And actually you do not. A home can be a place to return to sometimes, and this is still the feeling of home. Many people know this feeling from family vaccation houses. They are homes, even though you have not been there maybe even for years. We have found even new places, to hold the emotion of home after only short time, and believe, being at home is first and foremost something you choose to feel.
Another thing is: A home can be an emotion, rather than a place, and a home can sometimes just be a language, other times a friendship, often a place. A home can be of different quality, depending on the history and the context, and the inner work done by the person trying to feel at home.
If we are together, it does not matter, where we are. Then we are at home.
So, home can be many different locations, some local, some as big as countries; it can be a language, a view, a group of people, a personal history.
It is great to be out on an adventure, and it is amazing to come home to the bus. It truly is. Just as it feels good to leave a home, and know it is there, when you come back. This is a GREAT luxury. We have a mental achor in all the places, we feel we belong, and this connectedness is different from before we chose to become nomadic.
In my view the idea that a home is ONE place, “your home” and that you have to be there more or less 45 weeks a year is just derived from the fact, most people live like this. It is the reality for many people, and because most people live it, we decide it is good and natural.
In many ways our lifestyle challenges what is the common lifestyle choises, and as such the reality and the idea of the ordinary (some even postulate nessecary) for a lot of people.
We have let go of a big and beautiful home, and this was a HUGE psychological challenge. We had countless sleepless nights when we prepared for the change. But oh, do we love the fact, we actually and finally did it. It has set us free to enjoy the adventure of our life, and we are forever grateful. We are free and happy, and have had loads of new and interesting insights.
At the end of the day, we are home, when we are together. All the five of us and the dog, preferably joined by our oldest and her boyfriend. If we are together, it does not matter, where we are. Then we are at home.