The Portuguese have their own word for expressing the feeling of nostalgic longing for someone or something that one adores and now is lost. They call it “saudades”. This is the feeling that fills me sometimes when I think about places I adore, people I love and experiences I never know if I will see or feel again.

New friends, a boyfriend or a crush, new hobbies, a couple of new home-towns, some new foreign languages and a whole lot of exiting experiences are some of the things I’ve gained on my journeys. Still, after 5 years of moving around and travelling I get that “Help! I’m leaving” feeling when the journey back is getting close.


Yesterday I packed all my stuff together, that somehow has grown to the double the last 6 months. I’m pretty sure not even my female charm or the 7-layer-of-clothes trick will make it possible to bring it back on the flight. The next month I will spend surfing, going to a music festival (or two) and travelling in Portugal and Spain, and I’m officially homeless since I’m moving out of my flat in Lisbon today. Thank you dear friends for letting me stay at your place and making it possible for me to finance my travelling!


I’m super exited for the upcoming month, but still I feel a pre-post-travelling-blues sneaking up on me and I know the “saudades” will catch up with me. I know it’s all coming to an end, but when I come home I’m going to follow up on Jaclyns “beating the post-travelling blues” advices and revive my memories through travelettes articles and planning my next trips.


I’ll have a  nice trip, because Lisbon is waiting for me! But I will always have “saudades” and nostalgic longing for Lisbon. Do you have a place that makes you feel the same way?


Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at