Charging Batteries At Home

Do you still remember one of my reflective posts Travellers vs. non-travellers- will we ever understand each other? where I complained about not being understood by members of my family, friends and people who never left their comfort zone to travel the world independently? Back in 2012, I was feeling so upset and disappointed with the people I was surrounded by in Europe (mostly non-travelers) who often tried to bring me down and discourage me to travel. As it turned out, most of them read this post and felt so bad about the way I was feeling. This time, when I visited Poland, I was blown away by their changed attitude towards my vagabond lifestyle. Me, my family and my friends have finally spoken the same language, listed to each other’s stories, laughed together with no lame comments on my nomadic life and nonsense questions about what I am going to do one day if I stop travelling, when I am going to finally go home and why I am not married yet.

A girl smiling with her friends and family

From the top left: Me and my cousin, my aunt, home-town friends and my lovely granny (pictures taken in Dzietrzychowice and my home-town Zagan)


During this summer many things have changed. I swapped my lousy tramp style into a girly one (just for a month, no worries!). I was wearing dresses, neat t-shirts, smart shits, I did my nails, put some make-up on and styled my hair. I was feeling young (some people said I looked 18!!) , pretty and not like myself :).

You have no idea how desperately I needed this break.  My last visit at home in November 2012 was very disappointing, but after nearly 8 months of constant travels and living in China, I was missing my loved ones so badly I decided to give it another go this summer. As it turned out, I was warmly welcomed by everyone and finally felt like I couldn’t be much happier.

This time, my summer holiday back home was all about my family and friends. I was not very active on social media channels (except my personal Facebook), stopped blogging for a couple of weeks and rarely checked my e-mails. Instead of that, I was playing with my dog, cooking and baking with my mom, telling my granny some awesome travel stories and going out with my peeps.

A girl is playing with her dog

Playing with my dog


During this time I got so close to my mom. Although we always stayed in touch when I was away travelling the world, we still lacked this special mother-daughter relationship that makes you feel so secure. I matured fast and became emotionally/ financially independent so quickly (at the age of 18) that sometimes she forgot I also had my own issues, struggled from time to time and needed to talk. This time was so different. We had plenty of time to talk, laugh, share our thoughts and feelings, do stuff daughters and mothers do daily together such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, baking, washing the dishes. There were days we could spend hours sitting on the balcony and talking about my travels, how they have changed my personality and the way of thinking, how I love to explore the world and how happy I feel when I wander the unknown streets with a camera in my hands.

A daughter and mother are eating ice cream and drinking fruit shakes

Fruit shake and ice cream time!


I cherished every second of it. I improved my baking and cooking skills, passed on some healthy eating habits to my mom and family and couldn’t stop laughing. I felt loved and understood, secure and blissfully happy.

I also spent some time at the countryside where my aunt and granny live. Dzietrzychowice is small village where I partly grew up. It is a very picturesque place where you can breath some fresh air, have a nice and fresh bread with butter in the morning, drink some cow’s milk before you go to sleep and relax in the garden.

A girl is in the garden

Getting close to nature in my granny’s garden


Being back home also meant catching up with my top 10 favourite Polish food. My mom made sure I was fed properly with dishes I missed so much when living in China. My mom made us a nice breakfast every morning (Polish bread, milky butter, croissants, skinny latter, fruits, cottage cheese, homemade marmalade and jam, boiled or scrambled eggs), lunch and dinner (Polish pierogi filled with blueberries and raspberries, chicken soup, hunter’s stew, herring in oil) and dessert (Polish croissant cookies, cheesecakes and apple pie).

Breakfast table with croissants, milk, ham, cookies, fruits

No Asian food can compare to my mom’s breakfast


I simply loved it and I had a huge appetite that I was eating all day long which resulted in 3 kg weight gain :) (it’s already gone after 6 days in China eating rice and veggies).

A girl eating Polish food and cakes

Indulging myself in Polish dishes


Now, when I am back in China, I can’t stop missing everyone. This is incredible how few weeks at home can make you feel. I have definitely charged my batteries for the next 6 months, have much more confidence now and I am back with more love and devotion. Thanks to my friends and family’s support, I am more open to new adventures and ready to explore undiscovered parts of Asia!

How do you feel when you get back home after a long-term travel?

Get insured

"It will never happen to me" said every person before it happened to them. Accidents happen at home and abroad. The difference is that they are usually more costly when you're in a foreign country. That's why travelling without insurance is a bad idea. There's just no excuse to put yourself in such a risk.

>>voice from the crowd<< Travel insurance is too expensive!

>>voice of the common sense<< If you can't afford travel insurance then you can't afford to travel.

Don't take chances and get yourself insured now. Check out our budget travel insurance page.

View all contributions by

Travel freak, vagabond, photography passionate, blogger, life enthusiast, backpacker, adventure hunter and endless energy couchsurfer living by the rule "Pack lite, travel far and live long!"


Enjoy the money-saving tips and top travel stories in the convenience of your own email. Get our newsletter once or twice a month directly to your inbox. We promise we won't share or spam your email.

Previouspost Nextpost
{ 46 comments… add one }
  • Audrey - That Backpacker September 7, 2013, 2:27 am

    Sounds like you and I had similar summers. :) I also travelled back home (to Canada) this summer to spend some time catching up with family. I hadn’t been back in a year and a half, so it was nice to just spend quality time together and put blogging on the back-burner for a while. I hardly took any photos or did anything touristy while I was there. Just lots of eating and lots of catching up.

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:05 am

      I’ve seen your photos back home in Canada and I noticed how much fun you had with your family. I was absolutely the same – no pictures, no Internet, no sightseeing :) just chill out with my family and friends. That was so nice!

  • Franca September 7, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Nice to hear that you enjoyed spending time back home, it’s always nice to catch up with family and friends. I had a similar summer to yours and I gained some wight too considering my mum’s cooking is way different from what I generally eat while traveling, I guess I need to go back on the road soon to get back to shape :)

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:07 am

      So true Franca. My mom did everything to make me put on weight but I’m back on the road and I’ve already got rid of extra kgs :) so ufffffff I’m glad! :)

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad September 7, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I loved this post :). I’m so glad you got to enjoy some time with friends and family back home! Isn’t it amazing to eat all your favorite foods after traveling for a while?

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:07 am

      It is, indeed!!

  • Heather September 7, 2013, 1:11 pm

    You look so happy and refreshed! And the warm reception from your friends and families must have been so wonderful. We just moved back home to the States and already I feel more relaxed and peaceful. There is definitely something to be said for spending time with loved ones. Nice to have you back! :-)

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:08 am

      I was very happy and refreshed! Happy to be back though. Enjoy your travels Heather!

  • Constance September 7, 2013, 2:45 pm

    It is always great to return home and see family and friends! And even though your lives have gone in different directions, it is great to catch up! I absolutely love returning home and experiencing everything familiar…the food, the lifestyle, the people, the language, etc!!

    It is great you had an awesome time home, especially with your mom!!

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:08 am

      So true. Where are you back home next time? My mom was so caring, miss her a lot! :)

  • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro September 7, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Great post, Agness! When I read the post you mentioned, I felt the same. So glad you’re having a good time and enjoying your friends’ and family’s company. Oh, and the food, of course!! :)

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:12 am

      I’m also glad you feel the same way. Hope you will have a great time with your peeps when you go home next time :):)

  • ardun September 7, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Great post Agness! I love that have included so many great photos of your friends and family. I always feel happy returning to good company but before long I want to be back on the road again. Heading home for the summer sounded like the perfect balance :)

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:14 am

      These were Instagram photos. Still can’t get used to them :), but love the colours! True, nothing feels better than returning to good company after a long-term travels! :)

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown September 7, 2013, 11:47 pm

    I also went home this summer to see my family and friends, although I think mine went more like your November visit! I’m so glad you enjoyed it more this time around.

    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:14 am

      Really? That sounds so disappointing, but don’t worry – next time it’s gonna be awesome!!!

  • Daniel McBane September 8, 2013, 10:22 am

    Welcome back! I was wondering why I hadn’t seen any new posts from you in a while. I’m glad to hear this visit home went much better than the previous one. I remember reading the post you wrote back then and I guess it helped your friends and family see things from your perspective. Maybe I’ll send the link to some of my family…

    I look forward to reading more posts from China. I’m really starting to miss Asia, so I’ll just have to live vicariously through you for now.

    • Agness Walewinder September 9, 2013, 1:25 am

      Hey Daniel. Thanks for that. I’m glad to be back and I missed you a lot. This article helped me out a lot and finally my loved ones understood me :-)…

  • Erika September 8, 2013, 4:50 pm

    Agness — you are looking so cute! I love the girly style you’re sporting!

    Anyway, I am SO GLAD that this visit went so much better and that it was restorative for you! I’m so glad that you got to really enjoy time with your family, friends, and good food! And sometimes unplugging is just what you need to feel ready for the next stage in your life! I loved reading this! :)

    • Agness Walewinder September 9, 2013, 1:29 am

      Thank you Erika. My girly style was something new and odd, but I started getting used to it. Thank you so much. I really did enjoy the time with my family. I’m gonna visit your blog soon to catch up xxx We need some girly talk as well xx

  • Jennifer September 8, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Lovely article and photos Agness, you look really pretty in these photos (not that you don’t normally!) I like returning home after a long time travelling and wearing different nicer clothes, makeup and painting my nails! I’ve been back at home now for about 4 months and I’m feeling the need to travel again.

    • Agness Walewinder September 9, 2013, 1:33 am

      Thank you so much Jennifer. Hahahahahhahahaha, thanks for the compliment, that’s so nice of you :). I usually have the same feeling, but this time I didn’t want to get back to China. I checked in at the airport 5 minutes before my flight was about to take off with tears in my eyes!! :((((((

  • noelfy September 9, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Hello Agness!!
    I didn’t feel you were away from the digital world as well as I discovered a new world and I had no internet or electricity (I think is probably the most that I ever posted in my life and I have many posts on draft but still nothing could withdrawn me from my magic world)
    I am also back home and even if here nothing changed, unless they are not bothering me anymore with finding a proper job and worry about my retirements… They starting to assume that my life is going to be different from the rest and fortunately, this is the life I had chosen!

  • Maria September 9, 2013, 3:15 pm

    Home is where the heart is but it’s wonderful to take time out and go where your people (and dog) are. Good to see you’re getting your balance.

    • Agness Walewinder September 10, 2013, 2:52 am

      Well said Maria! Thank you x

  • Beth @ Besudesu Abroad September 14, 2013, 12:58 am

    Glad you were able to enjoy returning home for a bit! I’m hoping to do the same this spring :)

    • Agness Walewinder September 14, 2013, 5:46 am

      Thanks Beth. Yes, I had a great day at home, but I’m back in China now. Hope you are gonna have a time of your life at home!! x

  • Chris & Angela September 17, 2013, 4:31 am

    Nice post. Makes us feel all warm and fuzzy reminiscing about the comforts we left back at home. We don’t miss our jobs, daily routines, etc., but we do miss our mommies! haha! Glad you got to visit your friends and family, and we’re glad that everyone has come around to your vagabond lifestyle. Thanks for the read :)

    • Agness Walewinder September 18, 2013, 1:30 am

      Thanks guys, but I guess Thailand is treating you well as well :):)

  • ciki September 17, 2013, 6:16 am

    glad it all worked out for ya.. you do look happy at home. maybe time to lay down roots.. haha!

    • Agness Walewinder September 18, 2013, 1:31 am

      Thank you x Hope to get back there again soon :)

  • Lesley Peterson September 17, 2013, 8:51 pm

    Lovely post and photos, Agness! Poland looks like a garden of Eden with all those flowers and I’d LOVE to try one of your mom’s fantastic breakfasts! Best of luck back in China…

    • Agness Walewinder September 18, 2013, 1:33 am

      Thank you Lesley! That’s my granny’s garden, it’s just so beautiful!

  • Leigh September 18, 2013, 12:21 am

    What a lovely post Agness. Looks like you had such a great time which makes the being in China so much better – though not necessarily easier. I would love to visit Poland but would be mindful of all that good food.

    • Agness Walewinder September 18, 2013, 1:35 am

      I did, thank you ! Polish food is the best of ALL TIME, you gotta taste it :)

  • Becky Padmore September 18, 2013, 7:22 am

    Lovely post and your dog looks so cute!

    • Agness Walewinder September 19, 2013, 3:36 am

      Thanks! That’s my boy :)

  • kle September 24, 2013, 7:33 am

    Ahhh home sweet home! :)It must be pretty comforting to be back after a long trip… and im glad to see you had such an amazing time there! I will discover the impact of going home in about 2 weeks after 8 months on the road.

    I already lived abroad for many years but this time, being on such a trip it will be totally different. All i know for sure is that i will eat my delicious Italian food until i’m going to explode. I need to gain some kilos, lost on the way in between spicy food and weird fried insects :))

    • Agness Walewinder September 24, 2013, 10:13 pm

      Sweetie, you also have fun at home and say hi to everyone!! Hahahah you’re gonna miss Asian food and these little fried insects on your table!! Have fun and get your batteries charged so you can travel for another 10 years in a row :)

  • kle September 24, 2013, 7:36 am

    ps… do they really ask you why are you not married yet??? That made me chuckle, as im 36 and my family still doesn’t see any hope in that department. Enjoy your life darling…there is always time to settle down if you really think that’s what makes u happy! xxx

    • Agness Walewinder September 24, 2013, 10:15 pm

      They did and still do sometimes. Hahahahhahaa. I’m luckily 25, but there is no hope for settling down right now :D so welcome to my club!! :) You also enjoy your life and keep being awesome xxx

  • Charlie February 10, 2014, 8:04 pm

    Sweet post! I definitely feel recuperation time at home with the family is needed after a long time travelling. I’m heading to Poland later this month, looks great, so I’m super excited!

    • Agness Walewinder February 17, 2014, 1:38 am

      Are you heading to Poland? Amazing, have a great time! It feels great to be back home after a long journey!

      • Charlie February 17, 2014, 8:40 am

        Yes! I’m going on Friday 21st. I’m going on the Angloville programme near Wroclaw for a week. Then planning to travel around – maybe to Krakow, Zakopane, Tatra Mountains, Warsaw, and Gdansk. Do you have any recommendations for places to go/see?

  • The Guy February 25, 2014, 1:21 am

    It sounds like a fabulous trip home and just what you needed. It is also pleasing to hear that this time everyone accepted you for the choices you make.


Leave a Comment