People are weird. Way too weird! Every human being I’ve ever met has a deep psychological problem: When you are home you miss being on your travels and when you are on your travels you miss being at home. Seriously?! It’s kinda funny to think about it, because people choose their own destiny. If someone wants to travel and go backpacking for 6 months, okay why not? You are happy to see something new and explore the world.

Before the trip starts you are like “I am soooooooo excited, I can’t wait”. But after one week some people are already thinking “I miss home, I want to go back”. So, why go travelling when you know that you’ll miss home after a while?

The first thing to keep in mind is that everyone gets homesick at some point. Whether it’s missing your Mum’s cooking, missing your friends or just missing the local pub. Going on your travels can sometimes be a bit of a culture shock especially when you arrive in a country with an unfamiliar culture and a language that seems impossible to learn. This shock can last until the end of your trip because several factors like food, language, or people could influence your point of view. These are the main reasons why some people feel homesick.

One way of looking at feeling homesick is that this “sickness” emphasises that there is something valuable in the world. Home is the biggest value a person has. Family and friends are part of the home and you grew up there. The world outside the home is beautiful, that is obvious, so make the most of out while you’re away and know that the feeling of homesickness will pass and you’ll be back there before you know it (and probably aching to get away again!).

Nowadays, people are adventurous but after a while everybody is guided to the place they call home.

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to

John Ed Pearce

When travelling and visiting other countries there are so many changes that take place. The daily activities and routines all change and you are exposed to new and different choices. Some of these prove difficult as we have many habits at home and when they change you are far away from the comfort of family and friends. Some people love all the changes and really take it in their stride like meeting new people, trying new food etc… because they feel mature and independent.

Homesickness is so common amongst travelers it is important to figure out ways in which you can deal with it all.

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There are several ways in which to avoid becoming homesick which I found great!

Be open-minded First of all try to be open minded and friendly to everyone you meet, this will give you the chance to become friends with people and build relationships with everyone you come across.

Culture Get involved in the country’s culture, it will get you trying new things that you wouldn’t normally eat, do and see.

Communication Communication with everyone from home is really important, there are so many different ways it makes it so easy and quick. I like to use Skype, it gives me the opportunity to see their reactions and see them face to face, it feels more real. I find emailing a great way to communicate as well especially to send pictures and memories of your day to day life and experiences. And of course, nowadays everyone just communicates via Facebook.

Keep busy When I first arrived in Australia I planned out all the destinations and places that I wanted to see and things I wanted to do. Keeping busy will ensure that your mind is taken off missing home and more so about having fun and getting on with the adventure you set out for. I was very organised so I always had something to look forward to and I often call my parents, always telling them all my adventures.

You’ll be going back home soon enough so enjoy every minute that you’re away because when you get back home you’re more than likely going to feel ‘homesick’ about the place you just left behind!

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