Monday, 11 June 2018

How To Tackle Homesickness When Abroad





If you've moved abroad or have been travelling for long periods of time you may suffer with homesickness. It's quite a natural thing to go through, especially if your entire family are in a different country to you, it can be as simple as missing your mum, or your local supermarket, but it can be fought. I personally experience it quite a lot when I am travelling because I am in "unknown territory", but I have developed strategies to help me cope when abroad that seem to work. So below are my top tips to combating homesickness when you're abroad.


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Meet New People
Meeting new people will encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things and the less time you have to ponder, the less time you have to think about home (as grim as that sounds). It will also make you feel more at home to have someone to talk to wherever you are, I've even talked to staff at hotels to make me feel a bit more at home in hotels I have stayed at.

Download Skype
Do this before you go and set up your family with it too. This ensures that if you need them you can see them instead of just talking to them over the phone. It's not the same as in person, but will definitely help you if you're just needing to see your mum (we've all been there).

Find A Routine
Although when travelling it can be difficult to establish a routine because you'll be in a different place every now and then, it can be done. It can be as little as eating at the same time every day, or having a coffee after lunch. For me, for a while, it was heading back to my room for a rest before an evening meal. This helped me with my anxiety and gave me a chance to phone my mum which stopped me from feeling homesick.

Get Off Social Media
Bear with me. It's easier to miss a place if you know what you're missing out on. If you're away and all your friends are out clubbing with out you, that won't feel nice. So turn off the phone and go experience whatever country you're in because in reality, it's them who should be jealous of you. It will still be there when you return so don't let yourself get consumed by it.

Cry It Out
Sometimes all we need is a good cry to release all the emotions we have bottled up in there. You'll feel at least a bit better after a cry anyway so let the tears flow and don't you dare regret it. Cry it all out, pick yourself up and go live your life again. If the tears aren't coming then phone a friend and chat about it all. Have an emotions cleanse.

Record Your Journey
I do this through blogging, but you can do it through photos, private journals, videos etc. It helps if you're feeling homesick because you can essentially remind yourself where you are and how amazing it is that you have the opportunity to be there in the first place. Sometimes you have to see your travels through a different lens to remember that you're the lucky one.

Those are my top tips to tackling homesickness. Have any other tips? Then please comment below, I sure as hell need them.
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  1. These are great tips! I travelled alone in America for 3 months, back then it was a pain to get Wi-fi so I used to phone home once a week :)

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    1. Thank you :) Yeah, I tend to phone home every couple days when I am away.

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  2. I think you can be homesick in your own country too! I remember going to Uni in Scotland when I grew up on the South Coast. I was homesick the entire time!

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    1. I totally agree with this! Whenever I go and stay somewhere else in Scotland I feel homesick too.

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