If you spend any significant amount of time on the road, at some point or another you’re bound to find yourself feeling a bit homesick. Missing your friends, family or your life at home isn’t a sign it’s time to go back but rather a sign you need to reconnect with what’s going on wherever in the world you find yourself. Here are 7 great tips for beating travel homesickness so you can keep enjoying your travels.
Talk to Friends and Family
Maybe your friend had a new baby or a cousin got married. Either way something is going on at home and you feel a bit left out. You wish you could be there to see all your friends or get a hug from a brother or sister.
Sometimes when travelling we don’t realize how long it’s actually been since we had a real conversation with loved ones back at home. Hopping from bus to hostel to beach and back often leaves us without much of a concept of time. Posting a status update on Facebook and your best friend commenting on it doesn’t count as connecting either. Just because your parents read you blog post doesn’t mean they know what’s going on.
Take a day out to make some phone calls from an internet café or the hostel. Skype doesn’t cost much if anything and neither do international phone cards. If your loved ones are tech savvy enough to use video, all the better, but just hearing some familiar voices will put a smile on your face. More often than not you’ll also realize you aren’t missing that much and that a single video call has caught you up on the events of the last month and a half while you’ve been diving.
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