Dealing with Homesickness While Travelling
When you travel often, or when you leave home for a long period of time, it's common to struggle with homesickness from time to time...or all the time! While it's important to acknowledge that homesickness is completely normal, nobody wants it to consume their thoughts and ruin their vacation. So today I have put together some of my top tips for dealing with homesickness while travelling.
Embrace it...but only for a while
Maybe you tend to get homesick as soon as you arrive in a new country, maybe it's when you go to bed on the first night, maybe it's a couple of days into your trip. Whenever the feeling hits, allow yourself to totally feel those emotions. Find a quiet place to yourself and sit and let the feelings wash through you. If you try and hide them away immediately you may end up feeling worse in the long run. Give yourself a set amount of time to wallow in your homesickness, and then once that time is up, vow to yourself that you will wash your face, and move on.
Of course, that's easier said than done, but really try to do so. Perhaps this means going over to a group of people and introducing yourself to them, or it means heading out into the city to see what you can find. Whatever it is, push yourself to do something that can distract you. Which moves on nicely to my second tip...
Tire yourself out
Keeping yourself busy is the perfect way to combat feelings of homesickness. Aim to keep your mind and body active throughout the day by filling your calendar with as many fun things as possible. If you tend to feel homesick during the day, this will hopefully move your mind away from those thoughts. If, like me, you tend to think of home more so in the evening, then doing so many fun activities will tire you out...you'll be asleep before your head even hits the pillow! Plus, this has the added bonus of giving you the opportunity to do tons of fun things on your travels!
Keep in contact (to an extent)
It's important not to cut yourself off from the people you are missing back home. Be sure to keep in contact throughout your trip. This could be sending them pictures of the amazing places you are visiting, or a nightly phone call. It can be really beneficial to hear the voices of the people you miss. However it's important not to get addicted to this. It can quickly become the norm to be glued to your phone texting your friends or family back home, which can mean you miss out on the amazing opportunities around you. Be sure to check in with yourself every now and again to make sure you're not always on your phone.
Bring a memento from home
If needed, bring something small from home with you that will provide a sense of comfort when you look at it. This could be a photo, or an ornament, or a card, something to remind you of home. Bringing something with you can provide a sense of comfort and piece, knowing that you have it wherever you go. If you're travelling light, however, maybe avoid bringing your pillow with you!
Remember why you're travelling
If the feelings of homesickness are really overwhelming, take a moment to remember why you're travelling. What is it that's brought you to the place you're currently in? Was it that it's on your bucket list as a country you've always wanted to go to? Is it that you have a connection to this place? Have you always wanted to visit all the wonders of the world? Take the time to remember why you've made the choice to spend time away from your home to put things into perspective. You've come here for a reason, so it's important to enjoy it!
And those are my tips. It would be great to know your own tricks for combating homesickness - how do you get through spending long amounts of time away from home?
Until next time,