20 Ways to Overcome Homesickness When Traveling

Read or Binge Watch a Show

As with music, stories can both help establish a foundation of security and/or can give you new experiences to help you enjoy your new surroundings. I recommend returning to your favorite Disney movies or re-reading a favorite book when you first arrive. Once you start to feel more comfortable, branch into new things you know you’ll like (a book recommended by a friend, etc.).

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Have a Working Cell Phone

The first few days in a new country can be disorienting as you bustle around getting a new phone (or SIM card). I actually rather enjoy this phase–it’s oddly quiet in the chaos–but you should try to get connected as quickly as possible. Everything feels a lot steadier when you know Mom is just a phone call away (even if she’s across the ocean and the long distance charges are going to be nuts).

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Remind Yourself of Time

Time passes both slower and faster than we normally expect. If necessary, remind yourself that a few months isn’t actually that long. You can bear this for a little while. Trust me.

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Vuk Varuna / Shutterstock.com



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.