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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you had to deal with homesickness abroad?