5 Tips For Fighting Homesickness During Long-Term Travel

When you’re planning a long trip abroad, the excitement of your adventure far outweighs the idea that you might miss your home. However, once you start travelling you might find yourself missing home much more than you expected. Follow these five tips to fight homesickness during long-term travel.

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  1. Bring a small piece of home with you.

Whether it’s a photograph of your family tucked in your wallet or a special keepsake you carry in your backpack while travelling, having a small piece of home with you can help ease feelings of homesickness while you’re away. This will allow you to remember your friends and family back home while you’re out exploring, and it will feel like they’re coming along with you on your journey.

  1. Embrace the new culture and community you find while travelling.

While traveling, whatever city you visit becomes your new home. Make the best of this new home by embracing the culture and people around you. Enjoy the sights and sounds that are different from home without comparing one to the other. This will allow you to fully experience each city you visit and feel less homesick along the way.

The Work in Ireland crew on our recent trip to beautiful Glendalough!
The Work in Ireland crew on our recent trip to beautiful Glendalough!
  1. Keep in touch with family and friends back home.

Maintaining relationships with people from your home will help you feel more connected to them while you’re away. Send postcards of your favorite sights, call whenever possible, or send letters to friends and family while you travel. This will allow you to feel like you’re still a part of their lives at home, and it brings them into your journey with you.

  1. Keep a journal and express how you’re feeling.

Taking a few minutes each day to write about your feelings can help you manage your homesickness as you go. You can reflect on your good days, and look for patterns in your bad days. Seeing trends in your emotions can help you manage them more effectively. For example, if you see from your journals that you feel more homesick after spending time alone, you can make an effort to meet new people to avoid that feeling.

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  1. Embrace your homesickness and act like you’re not a traveller.

It might feel counter-intuitive, but one way to manage homesickness is to let it happen on occasion. It’s only natural that you should feel sad or lonely while travelling at some point. Even the most experienced travellers experience these times of homesickness. Allow yourself the time to feel sad about being away, but only for a little while. Then you can take some time to regroup by doing things you would normally do at home: see a movie, get your hair or nails done, or even just visit the grocery store. These glimpses of normal life will help you refresh yourself for more travel.

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While it’s normal to feel homesick while you travel, following these five tips will help you manage your homesickness and make the most out of your trip.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Documents International LLC, a leading apostille service for individuals and businesses.

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16 Reasons Why You Need To Move To Ireland, Right Now!

1. Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is a route all along the west coast of Ireland, with some stops on the north and south coasts too. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful beaches, picturesque Irish towns and amazing landscapes. This is definitely one to put on the bucket list.

2. Weekends away in stunning castles all over Ireland

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There’s dozens of castles to stay in all over Ireland surrounded by beautiful landscapes. It’s great for romantic weekends or if you just want to spoil yourself and feel like royalty for a night.

3. The people and the craic

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Irish people are some of the kindest, funniest, and most welcoming people you will ever meet. They always have lots of banter and can instantly make you feel better when you’re down.

4. Great night life

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Dublin, Cork and Galway are major party cities. Galway especially is known for its nights out. There’s nothing much else to say other than you have to go out in at least one of these cities once in your life.

5. Adoration For our President has reached tea cosy levels…

Our President, Michael D Higgins is a strong advocate of the arts, LGBT communities, multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity in Irish society. Basically, he’s 5’4″ of Irish legendary and is popular status is enpcasulated by being a symbolic guardian of one of our most important beverages…

6. Speaking of tea cosy’s, TEA!!

You will never have a cup of tea as good as you will in Ireland. I don’t know if it’s the tea, the milk, or what but when put together something magical happens… And if you want to really put it over the top, have a cookie with it. You won’t regret it. There’s nothing more Irish than a cupán tae (Gaelic) and friendly chat with whoever…

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7. Irish dairy products

Three years ago when I went on Erasmus I really craved Irish milk and butter… My cereal, coffee, tea and toast didn’t taste right tasted wrong. The milk is just so creamy or something and the butter…oh the butter. To quote Gilmore Girls, “you haven’t tasted rolls until you’ve had them with Irish butter”.

8. Big companies mean big jobs

Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. A lot of major companies in the tech and pharmaceutical industry have headquarters here. The job opportunities are endless.

9. A sporting heritage unlike any other

All that green means we have built some of the world’s best golf courses. If golf is your game, come over and play! Ireland is also great for surfers. Something you also need to experience is traditional Irish sports. You haven’t seen a real sport until you’ve seen men beat each other with sticks during a game. We haven’t even mentioned a world-beating rugby team, a giant-killing cricket and a certain Mystic Mc…

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10. Ireland produces great bands

Hozier, Walking on Cars, Kodaline, U2, and the list goes on. Ireland always produces really great bands. It gives you the opportunity to see them play for really cheap or even for free before they become huge and you can’t get tickets for their concerts because they sell out in 2.3 seconds.

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Ireland also has one of the world’s best gig venues in the heart of Dublin City – the Olympia Theatre is very special.

11. No tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts…

All that really happens is that it rains. So you don’t have to worry about any natural disasters happening, which is always a bonus in my book!

12. The landscapes

The rain brings a LOT of green, both in the countryside and in cities. This little rock is not called ‘The Emerald Isle’ for nothing. When the sun is shining the green landscapes are simply breath-taking.

13. Music festivals

You won’t have to worry about carefully packing everything in your suitcase and flying to some far away land for festivals, just stuff everything in your car and drive down to one of the thousands of festivals Ireland has every year.

14. The perfect hub to explore Europe

This point is more valid for people who are not living in Europe but Ireland is in such a good location. It’s like a 50-minute flight to London and only 2 hour flight to Italy. Weekend in Paris, anyone?

15. Traditional Irish pubs

They’re warm, filled with friendly locals and bar staff and sometimes there’s live music. They’re great just for chilling out after work or even for nights out.

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16. St.Patricks Day

No explanation needed really. I mean, who does Paddy’s day better than the Irish?

(Also, just a quick FYI, it’s not St.Pattys day, its either St.Patricks day or Paddy’s day. Nothing else, so make sure you know this if you come over or you will get some weird/annoyed looks.)

17. The best Guinness in the world

Something happens to Guinness when it’s shipped to other countries. It’s not the same. Here you’ll have some real Guinness and if you go to the Guinness storehouse you can enjoy a pint of it in a bar overlooking all of Dublin city.

18. Our Work in Ireland community

Ok, we’re are biased here but it’s worth mentioning that when you come on the Work in Ireland Program, it’s not just a visa, it’s a closely knit and diverse community. We support our participants with a central hub including wi-fi, jobs boards and accommodation listings and run monthly socials together as a group – Glendalough, Game of Thrones Tour in Belfast and Trampoline Dodgeball are all on the list!

Interested in coming to Ireland? Drop us a line wii@usit.ie or call Martha, Lauren or Dearbhla on + 353 (1) 602 1888

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