20 Ways to Overcome Homesickness When Traveling

Share Your Experiences

All of your friends might not care about your 2000 pictures of the Eiffel Tower, but it still feels nice to share (at least some of) them. When people like and comment on your posts, you feel more connected to everyone back home. You’ll also be making them insanely jealous, which can help you appreciate where you are now.

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Invite Someone from Home to Visit

Whether it’s family or a friend, see if anyone wants to come visit you (especially if you’ll be in this new place for a few months or years). This can be especially helpful if you start to plan it before you even leave, because you’ll know from the outset that you only have to last so long before someone comes to see you. It’s also really fun to make plans with your visitor, deciding which cities to go to and what sights to see. Something you can look forward to instead of dwelling on the past!

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    Stay Busy

    Homesickness gets worse when you have nothing to occupy yourself with. Find books, shows, movies, friends, clubs, volunteer opportunities, jobs… Whatever you need to keep yourself going.

    Obviously, on the extreme end, you don’t want to burn yourself out, and eventually the goal is to get to a point you’re comfortable enough you don’t have to be distracted anymore. But for the first few weeks or months, this can be a great method.

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