Home From A Trip

Updated: January 10, 2017

Families need traditions. And we’ve been developing one over the past few years. When we arrive at our home airport, after a long trip, after immigration and customs and we grab our bags. I take the camera from the sack for one final picture. I gather us together and reach out and do that self portrait, is everyone in the frame?, reach and shoot. And that’s it. The trip is over. We go back to our American lives with everything in the past but the photos and the memories and the credit card bills. And it’s anyone’s guess which of those three lasts longest.

Back From Mexico

Trip to Mexico.

2017: A family trip to Tulum.

Back From Europe

2017: Sam and I did a bike trip through the Netherlands and short trip down to Santorini.

Back From Asia

2017: Trip to Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

Back From Europe

2017: Athens, Santorini, and London.

Back From New York City

2017: A trip over New Years to NYC

Back From Hawaii

2016: A pre-Xmas trip to Hawaii.

Back From Europe

2016: England, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Back From Mexico

2016: Cabo San Lucas

Back From Japan

2016: Kip and I went to Tokyo for a week.

Back From Mexico

2015: Tulum and Cancun.

Back From Europe

2015: Kip and I went to Iceland and the Netherlands.

Back From Europe

2015: France, Greece, and Italy.

Back From Thailand

2015: Bangkok and Koh Samui.

Back From Mexico

2015: Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

Back From Greece

2014: Sam and I went to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.

Back From New York City

2014: Summer trip to NYC

Back From Japan

2014: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, Kamakura, and Nagoya.

Back From Mexico

2014: Puerta Vallarta, Yelapa, Mismaloya, Bucerias, and Sayulita.

Back From Thailand

2013: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.

Back From Mexico

2012: Cancun, Vallodolid, Merida, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres.

Back From Europe

2012: London and Paris.

Back From Mexico

2011: Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, Tepic, and Mazatlan.

Back From Japan

2010: The boys and I went to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Back From Vietnam

At the airport, after flying home from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

2010: One of us is sporting a new headband from the emergency room in Seoul – but that’s for another post.

Back From Thailand

At the airport, after flying home from Bangkok, Thailand

2008: A little older, a little wiser, and a few more shirts from Asia

Back From Bali

At the airport after flying home from Bali, Indonesia

2006: Everyone looks pretty happy after a 23 hour trip.

8 questions and comments

  1. AvatarElena

    I love this idea! I am so copying this. Maybe I’ll try one on our way over and one on our way back.

    Lovely blog!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave My Little Nomads

      Thanks Elena. I wish we’d done it for all our trips — instead of just after the long flights home from Asia. So it goes.

  2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave My Little Nomads

    Thanks for the great comments. Like many traditions it started by chance and is slowly growing into something.

  3. AvatarJen

    What a great family tradition!!! I love it! I love how you capture the look of everyone after a trip, bandages and all!

  4. AvatarDominique

    What a fun tradition! I’ve never thought of doing that, but it would be a great time for a photo as you might be at your most relaxed after a great trip.

  5. AvatarTrek Hound

    Love those! I think it’s so great when children are exposed to travel from the get-go. Cool final photo tradition.

  6. AvatarLorraine

    OK you get the “good sport” award. When we had our international-emergency-with-kids-hospital-visit, it took me years to recover. Next time maybe I’ll lighten up. LOVE THIS POST!

  7. AvatarSarah V.

    That’s great! Our little tradition is to take a picture on the plane, but I like your idea of giving the trip an official ending.

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