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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Scott Rothstein / Shutterstock.com

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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Dragon Images / Shutterstock.com

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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Maslouskaya Alena / Shutterstock.com



This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.

The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.