Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ, & Madison, WI, USA
When I was much younger, I would occasionally get homesick when away from home for extended periods. Since I started working I have been fortunate to have traveled the world and have loved the experience (although airports and hotels are not as glamorous as some might think).
Now I find myself yearning for home once more. I am 6000 miles away and with the prospect of a long work project ahead of me, I am sad :-(
I suffer from a mild form of agoraphobia. That is the disorder that, in severe forms, causes people to not leave their houses or, worse, not leave their bedrooms. In my case, when I am away hundreds or thousands of miles from home I have a strong desire to get home, especially if my wife is not with me. I only had a panic attack once. That was on a group canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. In a group situation one is not entirely in control of your ability to go home and that can cause panic. Sometimes I feel anxiety starting to raise its ugly head, but I have been able to hold it in check. Especially if I am in control of when and how I get home.
I traveled to England once years ago on a group tour. It was a wonderful trip, but on the way home the excessively cramped chartered flight was badly delayed in landing and then stranded on the tarmac for hours after landing. That may have been the start of my particular problem. Would I ever go on a group tour again or cruise ship? No way. Similarly, I have not flown commercially for years. Its not the cattle-call atmosphere, fear of flying (I am a pilot), or the cramped seating, it is the lack of control. I prefer to ride my own motorcycle, drive my own car, or fly my own plane so I can control when and where I go.
My problem may not be yours, Ian. But your story rang my bell.
Tucson, Arizona, & Madison, Wisconsin
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Founder, Madison (Wisconsin) BMW Club, #1 (1968)
Co-founder, BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, #113 (1972)
Co-founder, Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners, #2 (1972)
Co-founder, Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, #1 (1979)
Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Chief Instructor (1994)
Friend of the Marque, BMW Clubs International Council (1999)
Prof. Gerhard Knöchlein BMW Classic Award (2013)
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