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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