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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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.