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.).
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).
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.