20 Ways to Overcome Homesickness When Traveling

Bring Bits of Home

Before you go, think about the items around you that might make you feel more at home. Obviously you don’t have room to take your whole house, but if a stuffed animal (yeah, that’s right, I’m an adult and I get to say that) or certain book or particular pillow make you feel at home, bring it with you.

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Bring Important Letters

Maybe you’re not a packrat like me, but I love to keep letters that are important in some way. Whether they’re letters from graduation or birthdays or just thoughtful letters in general, I like to see them on my wall and pluck them off for a read now and then.

If you don’t have any letters that spring to mind, ask your friends if they would give you some as a parting gift. (Not to one-up your friends, but I once gave my sister thirty letters to open over a month when she went back to Central Asia after a break.)

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Make a Resource Sheet

Find out the basic information you need to get your feet under you and make a sheet. What’s the emergency number in this country? What are grocery stores called? If it’s a non-English-speaking area, what are some common phrases you might need to know? Maybe you don’t need a whole binder of information (not that I know anyone who’s done that *cough*) but having a cheat-sheet will help you feel more secure.

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