5 Ways to Overcome Homesickness While Travelling

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1. Remind yourself that you’ll be going home soon — sooner than you think!

You can always rest assured in the fact that your trip will end soon. Home, with all of its comforts, is just on the horizon. No matter how homesick you are, remember that a trip can pass right before your eyes. A week or two can go by surprisingly fast. You could even find yourself sad to leave a place at the end of your trip.

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2. Eat some awesome food

Many cities around the world have gastronomic treasures. Take the time to explore neighbourhoods and restaurants that pique your interest. Look at reviews ahead of time, just so you can find the local favourites and pick the best.

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3. Journal about how you feel and what you’ve seen

Journalling is a cathartic way to get everything out, without snapping at anyone. The stresses of travelling can bubble up inside and it’s not unusual to find yourself bickering with your travelling companion. Journalling gives you the chance to pause and reflect on your day, how you feel and what you experienced. It’s also a great way to make sense of everything and get your mind off how you’re feeling.

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4. Make conversation with locals, other travellers or family/friends back home

This is really dependent on your personality and how comfortable you are making conversation with strangers. Always use caution and assess whether someone is trustworthy enough to approach or talk to (especially if you’re travelling alone). On the flip side, this can be a great way to make some light conversation with locals or fellow travellers and ease your loneliness. I’ve found that many waiters, inn owners, bus drivers and other service workers are genuinely interested in you and your travels.

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5. Lastly, focus on the present

Be mindful of where you are and remind yourself of why you travelled to this destination in the first place. The key to contentment is to be happy with where you are, whether that’s a physical or emotional location.

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Angela M Ward

Angela M Ward

Communications and digital marketing professional, interested in creativity, personal development and mindful living. Top Writer in Reading.