Having worked in international relocations for nearly 20 years, I regularly see my clients as the trucks leave to head to the airport with a large suitcase or two and a carry-on bag. Only after some recent travel of my own throughout Europe do I recognise the need for the little luxuries which only come with comfortability and familiarity.

Going airport to airport with nothing more than a large and heavy suitcase becomes a familiar practice and off to a hotel. Here at the hotel, you unpack what was once ironed and sorted clothing and you ask yourself “why did I even bother” after everything is crushed from what was once a nicely laid set-up.

A day or two then passes me by and suddenly I am low on clean clothing and the room just seems to be getting smaller with dirtier clothing lying around. I start to miss those little luxuries and for the first time the excitement of international wears off for just a moment.

Fast forward few days and I find myself scrummaging for clean socks and underwear whilst using an iron to press the last remaining business shirt I have at my disposal. I ponder whether to find a local laundromat or weather the storm for a day or two. I miss home for the first time.

I reflect on this moment and realise this must be similar to what the families and individuals feel at some stage prior to their own goods arriving at their door. The comfort of their own bed, the lounging around on their sofa or even just the familiarity of a rug or piece of art. I can only imagine that a kid’s favourite toy is welcomed by both parent and child. I make a mental note to start offering our clients at Palmers Relocations air-freight services and use this experience as a means of relating to what they are about to endure themselves.

They say you learn invaluable experience from travelling. Whether this is about yourself, about other cultures or simply from communicating with someone from a different world and with perhaps different skills and ideas. I mean hey, I learnt about my clients by simply checking into a hotel for a week long business conference. I would be hard pressed to say I had grown as a person, had a life changing experience or even understood more about the world but I did gain something, all the same, to call upon especially within my profession.

On my return to the life I know, I have no doubt that the things I take for granted on a daily basis will be surely appreciated and I would have never enjoyed the practice of washing and ironing as much as I will then.

A week later may be a different story but just for a moment, I realise how lucky I am to have those items I am always looking to upgrade and suddenly the armchair which is in need of replacing seems worth holding on to and my wardrobe seems never-ending.