20 Ways to Overcome Homesickness When Traveling

Worried about getting homesick on your next adventure? Here are 20 tried and tested ways you can avoid feeling homesick during your travels – or at least make it easier to manage:

Prepare Yourself

Know that homesickness happens, and be prepared for it to take you by storm. You know your personality type. You know the place and people you’re leaving behind, and whether or not it’s a good or sad occasion (or a mixture of both). Admit you just might miss it. I find that when I over-prepare for homesickness, I’m normally rarely homesick at all.

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Plan Ahead

Make lists of contacts that you have, and be ready to reach out to them. When I left to study abroad, I made an actual spreadsheet of friends’ contact info and pinned it to my wall. In the times I got lonely, I just had to glance at it to remember I had a huge support group at home.

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Unpack Quickly

Nothing prolongs limbo like a room full of packed suitcases or boxes. My goal–whether I’m moving apartments or moving across countries–is to have the majority of my stuff unpacked within 24 hours of getting into my new house/apartment/room. Pull it off like a Band-Aid, and you’ll feel settled sooner.

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