How to Deal with being Homesick when Abroad

Being homesick abroad is tough sometimes, but there’s ways to overcome it as it can ruin the experience of being away if you let it get out of hand (speaking from personal experience). One of the best things I can recommend is staying in frequent contact with your loved ones. As they can remind you… Read more »

by Anonymous 2 months ago

Being homesick abroad is tough sometimes, but there’s ways to overcome it as it can ruin the experience of being away if you let it get out of hand (speaking from personal experience).

One of the best things I can recommend is staying in frequent contact with your loved ones. As they can remind you that the experience/ holiday or whatever the situation is, that it’s amazing you have this opportunity. You can discuss what you did in the day and have updates from home or school. It can make you feel as if you have the best of both worlds, by both appreciating the experience and holiday as well as making it feel like you are at home.

Another piece of advice I can give is staying busy. The most cliché advice ever, however it’s a cliché for a reason… because a lot of the time it works! By being immersed in activities and visiting places, you force yourself to focus on learning or just enjoying yourself because of the new surroundings. As well as this, it gives you way more to talk about with your family and loved ones!

Video calls rather than messaging! This feels like an obvious but there’s no better way to help with being homesick than by feeling you are actually with your loved ones. Whilst messaging is instant and can happen 24/7, video calls are so much better as you feel like you are talking properly to your family and friends. Never forgetting to video call to see any pets you have for a little bit of happiness! Though, if you do decide to video call, check any bills you may pay, and have time zone consideration!

When I’ve previously been away, I tend to forget to message my family or used to barely video call them but as I’ve travelled more and have suffered with being homesick badly before.

I understand what works best for me and how to combat any negative feelings. So, just try out what works best for you!