20 Ways to Overcome Homesickness When Traveling

Select Special Places Around You

Start getting familiar with your new area as soon as possible. Identify places you love–like the little independent bookshop around the corner, or a particular coffee shop, or a quiet path through the church graveyard. Visit frequently and make these unique spots your own.

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Listen to Familiar Music

Sounds of home can help calm a panicky mood, sometimes. Make a playlist of your favorite “warm hug” songs (you know–the ones that always make you feel settled) and use it when you need something normal.

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Listen to New Music

Sometimes old music can bring up nostalgic (and unhelpful) memories. So it’s also a good idea to add an arsenal of new songs to your player. When I went abroad for a semester, I got into the habit of listening to Monsters and Men whenever I was leaving for class. It was a great way to keep my brain occupied while also forming new, energetic memories about my temporary university.

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.