I’m a tough girl but I am sometimes homesick too, especially when I’m so far away from home and I know I’m not going to see my family and close friends for a long period of time. What do I do then? Sit down in a closed room and cry? Try to find the quickest way to get back home as soon as possible? Not really! I have a few tricks I keep using to be less homesick or not to feel homesick at all. Here are my top 5:
1. Keeping myself busy and active
I travel actively and there is no time for me to think about how much I miss my family. My schedule is always tight and I have plenty of ideas on how to manage my free time so I’m usually out and about, exploring various places, taking pictures, eating different food and having a blast. When I get back to my hostel/ flat I’m so knackered and fall asleep on the bed. When I’m awake next day, my attitude is different, I’m more happy and determined, then I sit down to email my friends telling them how much fun I have and forget about how much I miss them.
2. Release my emotions by calling my family
When I’m very homesick, I call my mom and keep crying telling her how much I miss her wishing I was home, etc. Releasing your emotions is a great way of dealing with homesickness. My mom usually tells me to shut up, stop being silly, go sightseeing and send her some pictures of me having a blast. She also explains to me how lucky I am to be able to be in these wonderful places and if I don’t want to be there, there are many of my friends who would wish to swap with me. It’s a kick for me to keep going :)! Skype and webcam are very effective when contacting my family or friends.
3. Eating or going to sleep
It might sound weird but when I eat, I don’t feel upset and feel happy instead. Sometimes a nice dinner or lunch can make my day and I stop missing home. I always buy my favourite food, eat some exotic fruits, have a big bowl of ice-cream or drink fruit shakes. Yummy! When it doesn’t help, I go to sleep to get some rest and when I wake up next day it’s a new day and I might look at things differently.
4. Talking to someone
When travelling I bump into many people who, like me, are sometimes homesick. Talking to them can cheer me up and then I quicky realise I’m not the only one who has moments of weakness. The “I’m so homesick” conversation might turn into a nice chat and I quickly stop thinking about feeling lonely.
5. Sticking pictures on the wall
I always take a few pictures of my close friends and my mom with me. If I know that I’m going to stay in one place for a long time, I stick these photographs on the wall and keep looking at them till I feel like they are all with me. I can look at them all when I wake up and go to sleep every day. The pictures I take with me are the funniest ones so I can smile every time looking at them.
Everyone is different and we all have different ways of dealing with homesickness. The most important though is to find your own way of beating it and always stay positive!!