How to Beat Homesickness Without Going Home
Even the most seasoned travelers among us have yearned for home at one point — and writer Steffani Cameron notes on the Huffington Post that “even simple tasks seem insurmountable when you don't know the language.” Or your way around a new place for that matter.
Traveling long term is an amazing experience but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a longing for the way things used to be or a desire to just hang out with your friends at home. Ultimately, homesickness isn’t just something that passes after days at summer camp.
Cameron has a few tips to get travelers over the homesick hump.
She recommends keeping the viewing of family photos to a minimum, especially when you are feeling vulnerable.
“Yes, you love your family, but if seeing their photos cause heartbreak while so far from home, that's bad. Don't make them your device's wallpaper or lock-screen image. Instead, choose an amazing travel photo that reminds you how incredible your experience is,” Cameron suggests.
Keepsakes are good, she says.
“Take at least one much-loved item for needy moments. I have three,” she says.
Opting out of the local cuisine to have something a little less home-style is okay.
“Remember: You have NOTHING to prove. Tired of the local cuisine? Will another bowl of pho in Vietnam make you scream? It's okay to cop out with fast food or Italian. If it makes you feel closer to home, do it,” she says.
Staying in a hostel will provide travelers with a sense of community.
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“Look for social ones with common areas for mingling. Don't bring your book or wear headphones. Be open to engagement,” Cameron says.
Hopefully, these tips will keep travelers on the road longer, but there are even more suggestions here.
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