I was lucky enough to spend some time in Florida recently, where this was my view every day (ignore what appears to be a finger in the top left corner of this image):
As you can imagine, it was a pretty nice way to spend some time.
As I was packing up to go home, my mom asked if I was sad to be leaving and going back to Charlotte. I thought about it for a minute, then realized I really wasn’t sad at all. As much as I love reading, spending time with my family, and writing in a place with a view like that, I also really missed Charlotte. I wanted to be back in my apartment. I wanted to see my friends. Charlotte really feels like home now, and I was excited to get back there after spending a pretty good chunk of time away. To me, that completely reaffirmed my decision to move 700 miles away from my hometown.
Regardless of whether you still live in your hometown or have moved away, you should live in a place you’re excited to come back to after a vacation. It’s a pretty simple test, but it’s an effective one. When you’re not sad about leaving a vacation to get back to your normal life, that means you’ve got a good thing going.