Homesickness – How to Overcome It

Everyone feels homesick when they go abroad without their family – even if you’re going for a week or a month. Homesickness is nothing to be ashamed off, everyone feels it. So below are some tips you can use to help!

Before Leaving

  • Pack a home comfort – this can range from a blanket to a photograph to a pair of shoes! Whenever you’re missing home, it is always comforting to have something to hug.
  • Ask them to write you a letter – before I went away for a month to Tanzania, my parents wrote me 2 letters, one for while I was on the plane, and one for when I was feeling homesick. I loved reading those letters because I could picture my mum saying it and it comforted me lots.
  • Stay healthy – I will be writing a blog post on this, but it is always a good idea to build up your immune system before you leave! And also, doing what you can to stay healthy while abroad. There is nothing worse then feeling ill away from home so try your best to avoid it!

While Abroad

  • Be social, make friends – make as many friends as you can as they allow you to take your mind off your home. However, make as many friends as you can! I have made the mistake of only making one friend and then having a fight with them, and feeling lonely for the rest of my trip.
  • Keep busy – You won’t have a chance to feel homesick when you’re learning and exploring.
  • Remind yourself how lucky you are! – One thing that got me through my trips are reminding myself how its a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ and how much work I did to get there! Although it doesn’t curb the homesickness, it keeps you going!
  • Keep in touch, if you can – Being able to speak to your family does make you feel a lot better, but try your best not to talk for hours every day as you need your time to explore!
  • Create a routine – routine tends to remind people of home comforts and also allows for some stability.
  • Take a break from social media – it is very easy to get caught up with finding out what’s going on at home but you’re here to explore a new place! So put that phone down and it also helps with the homesickness.
  • Take lots of photos – you may be feeling homesick now, but you will want to remember this trip so document everything and take lots of photos!

I hope that you find these tips helpful. If you have any tips, comment it down below!

7 thoughts on “Homesickness – How to Overcome It

  1. To be honest, I’ve never felt homesick while travelling but I am sure it’s something that can happen to anyone of us at any stage and I really like your idea of packing something comfortable along that can make one immediately feel connected to home. I had not considered what I would feel if I ever felt homesick and what would help me, this is an interesting read.

  2. This is really useful post, I think after living 3 years abroad, I got used to it. But my heart breaks every time I visit family and when I’m going back home.

  3. Being home sick is so tough. I think your suggestions are very good and hopefully will help someone who is having a tough time.

  4. Homesickness is a thing when you travel and -trust me- even more when you’re an expat. All these points are really spot on! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I don’t really get homesick, but I have to say that on holidays and birthdays I kind of miss the atmosphere at home. But I think the most important thing is definitely to stay in regular contact with friends and family back home.

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