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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.