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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William Perugini / Shutterstock.com

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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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.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.