Rainer Brenner • 06.12.2018

Feels Like Home

Where does home begin? And how important is it? We visited three frequent travellers in their own four walls and spoke to them about their homes.

«Having my own bed to sleep in – even if I’m in the middle of the desert.»

«I have been living off my work on Instagram for the last two years. I take people with me on my travels through the photos – here in Switzerland and when it gets a bit warmer I take my VW van abroad. When I am travelling, the car is my mobile home, a bit like a snail shell.

When I was driving through Morocco alone or was travelling in Iran, I really appreciated having my own bed in the evening, in which I could sleep – even if I’m in the middle of the desert. Privacy and a bit of comfort are definitely important to me as I like things to be cosy. The van also gives me the freedom to travel wherever I want, without having to organise too many things. It’s probably this mix, which awakens my followers’ own desire to travel.

I enjoyed many places in the world, but have so far never felt really at home anywhere on my travels. I can’t imagine living anywhere other than the Grisons at the moment. Above all since I have owned my own little kingdom here in Latsch: A two-storey, cosy apartment I own in a renovated farmhouse.

But where exactly my home starts and ends is difficult to say: On the one hand it’s certainly the mountains, on the other hand the language, the food, family and definitely both my cats!»

Martina Bisaz alias @kitkat_ch is an influencer and travel blogger. She comes from Zizers, GR and lives in Latsch near Bergün.

«The apartment is my little oasis.»

«My home is Zurich. I grew up here and this city has shaped me. Although I would never contemplate moving away from here permanently, I travel to a lot of other cities. There are also certain places where I almost feel at home. For example in my colleague’s apartment in Stockholm: We sit there surrounded by all his vinyl records, listen to music and chat. In general I certainly also associate the term home with friends and people with whom I share common interests and locations.

I have been living in my 3-room apartment for nearly six years. Items, which are particularly important to me here include my favourite records, my favourite books, my bed, certain pictures and works of art. And my vase collection from various parts of the world. However, in general I try not to collect too many things, unless I definitely need them. So I regularly have a clear-out and give lots of things away. This apartment is moreover my little oasis: There’s no TV here and also no Internet; my laptop stays in the office. I much prefer sitting in my chaise longue in the evening to read rather than being in front of a screen. Or I sit at the table, where I enjoy drawing or doing puzzles – most recently a map of the world with 1,000 pieces.»

Evangelos Kleiman lives in Zurich’s district 7 and does not want to limit his everyday life to a certain job title.

«When I lounge around in my favourite clothes, I feel as though I have arrived.»

«I have been renting this business apartment here in Zurich for precisely three months. It’s certainly not a cosy home, but because I travel so frequently I don’t have too many emotional demands of my environment, but am looking for functionality instead: Internet, shower, fridge. Processes have to function quickly and it must be clean.

I sleep here in Zurich about twice every week, another three to four nights in one hotel or another. However, I really feel at home in Stuttgart, where I spend most weekends – in my own apartment or at my girlfriend’s. I also feel at home when I am travelling with my girlfriend. Then I really don’t mind in which city we happen to be in.

An important retreat is certainly also my clothing: When I take off my suit and lounge around in my favourite clothes, I feel as though I have arrived.»

Manuel Hausin, 38, comes from the Lake Constance area and works as a corporate advisor at PwC.

Home does not have to be at home

About a quarter of the Swiss population and even 36 % of Swiss urban residents feel more at home in places away from their own four walls than when they are actually in their own home. This is been shown by surveys in the latest «Life at Home Report» from IKEA. The trend is particularly widespread among those questioned who live in shared accommodation with friends or strangers. This is a global phenomenon: Approximately 29 % of the 22,854 people questioned worldwide feel more at home in places away from their residential domicile than at their own address. The Swiss place particular importance in their home on privacy (86 %), security (83 %) and comfort (73 %).