FOR the past six months Elphinstone man Kieran Matheson has been exploring the world.
But he says nothing beats coming home for Christmas.
“I thought of spending Christmas overseas but Christmas is family time,” Mr Matheson said.
“It is also very cold in Europe at the moment so I am looking forward to the warmth.”
Mr Matheson said he has visited Japan, Korea, Russia, Finland, England and France, just to name a few.
“I wanted to do something completely different and thought travelling the world would be a great idea,” he said.
The 26-year-old said one of his highlights from the trip was visiting a town in the north of Finland.
“I was travelling on my own and I met this group of people who invited me to their cottage on the lake,” he said.
“It was the first time I saw the northern lights.
“It was a perfect night.”
Mr Matheson said he was looking forward to spending some time with his family.
He said a family tradition was opening their home up to travellers and backpackers who had nowhere else to go on Christmas.
“We will have people drop in on Christmas,” Mr Matheson said. “It is all about making sure no one is homeless on Christmas.
“Some people are a long way from home so we help make their day a little bit better.”