Written by Jessica Kane
Photos by Tessa Juliette
There's nothing that will reinforce the idea that there's no place like home quite like traveling long term. You'll start to recognize all the little things from home that you love, the things you're now missing out on. Maybe you've got a pet that a friend or family member is now watching. Maybe you've got a family back home that you're missing face time with. Whatever the circumstances, homesickness can be pretty damaging to your mood. Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way. There are plenty of options at your disposal to help reduce that feeling of being homesick that you're dealing with.
In this post, Jessica Kane is going to give you her top five tips to fight homesickness during long-term travel.
1) Create a routine.
Creating a set routine will kill two birds with one stone. It'll get you focused on what you have to do each day and it'll slowly wean you off of your dependence on the routines you set back at home. You can frequent a local cafe to people watch or get some work done. You can check out some local restaurants and see what they have to offer. You can join a local sports team. Whatever you choose to do, you'll be helping to alleviate some of that feeling.
2) Schedule video chats.
The great thing about the world we live in is that it's so hyper-connected that we can get face time through our computers or mobile devices. This is a great way to stay in touch as if you were still back home. You can even use services like Showgoers to synchronize movies and TV shows so that it's like you're all watching together at home. Friendships can actually deepen even more than they did back home if you keep to a regular schedule of video chatting.
3) Pack items from home.
Although you won't be able to bring everything from home, you can always pack a few essential items that will bring you right back home in spirit. This could be pictures, books, even favorite blankets.
4) Stay active.
Sitting and looking at photos of back home is only going to make you depressed. It's much better to get out there and plan on different activities that you can go to over the week. You could go to a concert, attend a show at the theater, or go for a swim in the ocean. On the subject of swimming, physical activity will not only give you something to look forward to. It's also something that will give you endorphins and help kick that depression to the curb.
5) Find a community of friends.
Oftentimes the thing that makes you feel most lonely is not having your entourage of friends with you. You can kick that by finding friends as you travel. Maybe you'll go to a local club meeting and meet some people. Maybe you'll stay at a hostel and strike up conversation with some strangers. Whatever you do, have fun.