Homesickness, as risks go, tends to rank pretty low among things travelers worry about. For a long trip, most of us will read up on the place or places we’re traveling to, get the relevant vaccines if we need them, and, if you’re as accident-prone as I am, perhaps pack a small first-aid kit — just in case. But the idea that a trip might be ruined because of homesickness simply doesn’t register.
A bad bout of homesickness, however, can have just as debilitating an effect on a trip as falling seriously ill. Associated with feelings of depression, anxiety, and even grief, as well as insomnia, appetite changes, and difficulty concentrating, homesickness is every traveler’s nightmare. And while the bad news is that it can’t be prevented, the good news is that it can be managed. All it takes is a little understanding, so here is everything nobody tells you about homesickness.