Dealing With Homesickness: An Easy Guide To A Better Experience

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Have you found yourself dealing with homesickness when you travel? You’re not alone. According to Business Traveler, 60% of business travelers feel homesick at some point in their trip.

Sure, traveling is a wonderful experience that opens up a world of possibilities. However, the joy of exploring new places has a downside – homesickness. It can strike even the most savvy travelers at any time, but fear not!

In this guide, you will learn how to conquer homesickness while traveling. These easy techniques will help you to cope with this common feeling so your adventures are filled with excitement and joy.

Find out how, below.

Dealing with homesickness
You’ll want to learn effective ways of dealing with homesickness when you travel.

CONTENTS – In this article, you will learn some simple yet useful tips about dealing with homesickness while traveling, including:

How to Manage Homesickness On Your Travels

As exciting as traveling to new locations can be, it’s hard not to feel a little homesick sometimes. You might miss specific people or just the familiarity of home.

Sometimes, you just grow tired of being in a new location every day. Trying to familiarize yourself with foreign environments before setting off once more takes it’s toll.

While you might be unable to avoid feeling homesick, you don’t have to let it ruin your travels. Instead, take some of these actions to start enjoying your trip in earnest. 

1. Stay In Locations for Longer

Stay for longer time
Extended stays can provide you with a sense of belonging and ease homesickness.

A considerable part of homesickness can be related to feeling like you’re living out of your bag, going from one new location to the next.

So, the first tip is to give yourself time to relax and recuperate by booking accommodation for a few days or longer.

For example, if you’re traveling with your RV, you might book into the Midland East RV Park for a few days or an entire week.

Not having to travel anywhere for a few days and giving yourself time to sleep in and enjoy a new routine might be all it takes to feel rested, relaxed, and ready for more traveling.  

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2. Write Down Your Feelings

Write Down Your Feelings
Journaling your emotions can be a therapeutic way to cope with homesickness.

Whether you already write in a journal or have never done it before, consider writing down your feelings when you start to feel homesick.

Doing so might help you put things into perspective.

You can write about what you miss about home and how you’re feeling. Capturing these thoughts on paper can be cathartic.

However, you can also write down the amazing things you’ve been doing on your travels. Write about the interesting landmarks, unique experiences, and how much you’ve learned since leaving home.

By the end of your journaling time, you might feel much better. 

3. Remember All the Positives

Remember All the Positives
Focus on the positives of your travel experiences to combat homesickness.

As challenging as it can be to be away from friends, family, and your familiar surroundings, it’s important to think about the positives.

Think about all the amazing tourist destinations you’ve visited.

Consider the experiences you’ve had.

Recall the people you’ve met along the way.

All that wouldn’t be possible in your hometown or country!

Putting things into perspective might be what you need to remember that you’re doing something many people would only dream of. You have one opportunity to make the most of it, so reframe your point of view to embrace the positive.  

4. Keep in Touch, But Not Too Often

Keep in Touch
Maintain connections with loved ones–but find the right balance.

Keeping in touch with your loved ones back home is essential for your own safety reasons. You want your family and friends to know where you are and about your travel plans so they can have peace of mind that you’re okay, too.

You can also keep in touch just to reconnect with a familiar environment you might have been missing. 

However, don’t get into the habit of checking in too frequently. If you spend most of your days talking to loved ones back home, you have less time to immerse yourself in new places and cultures. 

5. Establish a Routine

Establish a Routine
Creating a daily routine during your travels can provide stability and comfort.

Some people feel homesick while traveling because they miss their old, regular, safe routine. Traveling is all about new experiences, and routines rarely fit into the equation.

However, that doesn’t mean they can’t.

You can establish a new travel routine of sorts, which can involve waking up at a specific time, getting a bite to eat somewhere familiar, and planning your day of activities. 

By adding some predictable structure to your travel plans, it can alleviate the uncertainty you might be feeling.

And if you stay long enough, you might begin to feel at home away from home.

Final Thoughts on Dealing with Homesickness on Your Travels

Homesickness is a common hurdle that many travelers face. But don’t let it deter you from exploring the world.

By following this simple guide, you can conquer homesickness and create unforgettable memories during your travels. It might be easier than you think.

Then you can embrace the adventure, stay connected, and make the most of your journey.

Jackie Gately at the beach

About Jackie Gately, editor-IN-CHIEF

I'm Jackie Gately, your travel confidante and the creative force behind Enjoy Travel Life, awarded the "Best Casual-Luxury Lifestyle Blog (USA)" in Travel and Tourism by LUXlife Magazine for four consecutive years.

With 25 years of published expertise, I'm a seasoned writer, editor, and photographer curating inspiring travel guides and lifestyle tips for empty nesters. I hope to kindle your spirit of exploration, encouraging you to overcome obstacles and turn your dreams into reality.

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