How To Deal With Homesickness Abroad: 5 Habits To Follow

March 13, 2021

Travelling abroad can expose us to all kinds of new exciting things. However, in the process, we also end up leaving behind many comforting and familiar things – including people, places and foods. Homesickness could end up ruining your travel experience. Whether you are studying abroad or living abroad: how to deal with homesickness abroad? Below are 5 habits that you can follow to combat homesickness so that you can enjoy your travels. 

Call home (but not too regularly)

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to communicate with people from any location in the world. If you’re missing family and friends, you can simply call them to see how they’re doing (either by phone or video). 

Just make sure that you’re not calling them too often as this could make homesickness worse. Sometimes it’s healthier to cut yourself off from the world back home for the majority of the day – this includes no calls, no messages and no social media until the evening (turning off notifications on your phone could be a good idea). You then won’t constantly be reminded of life back home. 

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Indulge in home comforts

While it’s good to embrace the culture of a new country and a new home, there’s nothing wrong with occasionally spending some time indulging in-home comforts such as foods from back home or TV shows. 

There are sites such as this British expat store that can allow you to order branded goods you’re missing to anywhere in the world. Streaming TV shows that you may be missing back home can be a little more difficult, but there are ways of catching up on TV shows while travelling

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Keep yourself busy with new experiences

New exciting experiences can provide a distraction from the experiences that you’re missing. If you’re backpacking from one location to another, you’re certain to be constantly coming across new experiences. If you’re based in one place for a long period, you may have to make more of an effort to go out and try new things. This could include trying new local foods, trying new activities or getting to know the locals.

How To Deal With Homesickness Abroad

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Make new friends

If you’re travelling alone, you could start to miss the company you had back home. Making new friends could help you to feel less lonely and less homesick. 

You could try befriending locals or you could try to befriend fellow travellers. When it comes to making friends with locals, you could consider trying homestay accommodation or finding local hangouts. For making friends with fellow travellers and expats, you could consider staying at hostels or using sites to meet people. Be prepared to approach new people and consider learning some of the local language if you don’t already know it.

Create a routine

If you’re used to routine, it’s possible that you may be also missing this. Consider starting a new routine as you travel. 

Even if you’re backpacking, there are still small things you can do to create a routine such as reading before bed or trying to get in some daily morning exercise. 

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  • Reply
    March 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    These are so helpful! I always get homesick when I’m away for too long, and I think it’s important to look after yourself when you’re not feeling the most comfortable x

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      Sophia Patel
      March 17, 2021 at 11:07 pm

      you are so right – get used to your surroundings and appreciate the little comforts! Thanks for reading x

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    Della Driscoll
    March 14, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    These are some really great tips! When I was travelling, as much as I loved it, I did miss home from time to time. Keeping busy and realising how grateful I was to be away really helped – and calling home when I needed too x

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      Sophia Patel
      March 17, 2021 at 11:06 pm

      You are so right, makes you appreciate the little things when you’re back too x

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    March 15, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Great post, Sophia! I’ve only ever dealt with homesickness once when I went for a very long trip to Philippines! It was the first time I really experienced a culture shock. Thank you for sharing xx

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      Sophia Patel
      March 17, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      thanks for reading! Its an odd feeling right? but trying to enjoy being away helps too!xx

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    Sunshine with Savannah
    March 16, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Great post! I imagine traveling abroad for extended periods can be tricky, especially if you’re by yourself. These are some super solid tips to help alleviate that homesickness; I especially like bringing comforts of home into your surroundings. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sophia Patel
      March 17, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks for reading! You are so right, creating a new normal makes it so much easier!x

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    March 16, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Making friends on holiday is always so much fun and helps with homesickness so much! I also agree phoning home is so helpful and cheers you up a lot, but definitely shouldn’t phone home too much and miss the whole experience of the holiday by talking to people at home too much x

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      Sophia Patel
      March 17, 2021 at 11:00 pm

      too right, enjoy the experience and know your family and friends are at home when you’re back x

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    March 19, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Great tips! I’m currently away from home and this is a good read 🙂

    • Reply
      Sophia Patel
      April 24, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      thanks so much for reading!

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