Travelling abroad? Here's how to avoid getting homesick Published: 11/06/2019 | by Star Trader

Travelling abroad? Here's how to avoid getting homesick

Don’t be hampered by homesickness. Make the most of your travels with our tips and tricks on how to banish the blues.

 

Route 66. The Greek islands. Machu Picchu. No matter how incredible your trip is, if you’re feeling homesick, it can take the shine off your travels.

Homesickness is no joke – it can cause feelings of anxiety and distress without being able to pinpoint why. Whether it’s down to culture shock, loneliness, confusion, or just missing friends and family, there are a few different tactics you can put in place to help ease that feeling of sadness.

 

Make friends

Travelling solo? You’re bound to bump into people in a similar situation along the way. Although it can be nice to have some time to yourself, if you’re feeling lonely, making friends with other trusty travellers will help.

 

Exercise

When travelling abroad for a long period of time, it can be easy to let your usual routine fall by the wayside. Keeping on top of your exercise regime may be beneficial to your state of mind. Get outside and exercise. A dose of Vitamin D on your morning run will do wonders for your mental health.

 

Play tourist

Experience everything your destination has to offer, from popular tourist attractions to places off the beaten track. That way you'll gain a good all-round understanding of the local culture.

 

Stay in touch

Missing friends and family? Keep in touch on your travels to avoid feeling homesick. Use an O2 Travel Inclusive Zone Bolt On and you can roam in 75 destinations such as the USA and Australia at no extra cost. That means you can share all your travel pics with your mates, keep up-to-date with news from back home, and FaceTime mum when she’s worrying about you (again).

 

Make yourself at home

If you’re going to be in a new destination for quite some time, you’ll want to feel relaxed in your accommodation. Decorate your new digs with photos, your favourite blanket, or anything small and sentimental you can bring from home that will help you settle in. 

Maybe you’ve even made moves permanently. If this is the case, it’s even more important to make yourself feel more at home, to ease yourself into your new way of life. 

 

Bring a friend

If you’ve got an adventurous friend, why not invite them to join you on your travels for a week or two. Seeing a familiar face in an unfamiliar place will make you feel more connected to home.

 

Feeling inspired to jet off? Find out why dual-sim phones are the ultimate travel companion here.

 

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