I love traveling but I don’t really have much of a “home” in the classic sense of the word, so the idea of homesickness was fairly foreign to me up until a few months ago.
It wasn’t until maybe month 6 of being an expat that homesickness finally crept its way into my heart.
I live far enough away where there is absolutely no chance of me flying home for a visit and very little chance of receiving any visitors. I’ve come to terms with that harsh reality and have thought up with a few ways to ward off the homesickness.
Keep a blog
I originally started my travel blog thinking it would fade out because no one read it.
I was shocked to find out how many of my friends from back home look out for new posts and want to hear about my life. It encourages them to write me long emails and tell me all about their lives as well.
You’ll also connect with other bloggers who know exactly how you feel.
Get out and explore
If you sit at home saying you have seen it all, you’ll just mope around thinking about all the things you are missing back home.
Yes, you are missing so and so’s birthday party and you can’t make that awesome show, but there are always things happening right where you are– find them and go!
Take up a new hobby
One of the best things about moving to a new place is you get a fresh start.
No one will say “You’re playing tennis? You hate tennis” or scoff at your new interest in crafts or cooking. You can pick something you have always wanted to try or even something you have never even heard of- just give it a shot and keep yourself busy.
Of course if you have no friends in your city you are going to be homesick all the time.
No one is going to replace the friends you have back home, but there are plenty of people worth meeting in the world. Find some other foreign friends you can relate to and then meet some locals so you can integrate into the culture.
Indulge in comfort food.
I know it’s not the healthiest thing in the world, but neither is being miserable.
My comfort food is peanut butter. My mom and wonderful friends ship me Reduced-Fat Jif Peanut Butter and eating it always makes me feel at home. I also occasionally hunt down expensive American candy like Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bars or junk food like Pringles.
Use Skype to its fullest
Think past phone calls.
I have had movie nights via Skype. I used to have Disney Sundays with a good friend of mine from home. He lives in Korea now so we have distance and a 12 hour time difference to battle. However, we were able to schedule a simultaneous viewing of the Lion King via Skype. We just sat together while we watched, making comments throughout the movie like we normally would.
I’m not saying I have mastered homesickness or anything, but I have definitely eased the pain.
My whole life I have always been happiest when I am busy, so being in Buenos Aires certainly won’t change that. The more stuff I have going on, the less time I have to worry about what I am missing back home.
I also know that I am creating amazing memories and stories to tell. Find something to do that is worth writing home about!