You go off on a traveling adventure and the excitement is immense. You are riding a high of emotions and feeling elated by taking this giant leap. Finally, you are following your dreams.
But a little while into the trip you start to think of home and everyone you left behind. You get a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) when the girls get together for a night out or your cousin is getting married but you can’t go.
You wonder how your best mate is getting on at his new job or how your niece did in the school play. You wish you could speak to them about it and you start to miss them.
We all get a little homesick when we’re away from home for a long time but the key to not letting it ruin your trip, distract you from your journey and ultimately shatter your dreams (sorry, a bit dramatic but some people do give up and go home at this point) is really not that crazy or ground-breaking.
The best way to avoid feeling homesick when traveling is to stay in contact with friends and family.
Ok, now you think I am crazy because that just sounds too simple. Honestly, follow these steps and read my tips and advice and I promise it will make being away from home and traveling a whole lot easier.
My tips for staying in contact with friends and family while you travel
1. Don’t lose touch
It’s easier than ever to stay in touch with home, so make sure you use all available resources. Gone are the days of pre-arranging a specific day for mum to be sat by the home phone while you trudged to the nearest pay phone, grabbed a handful of coins, worked out the time difference and tried to make sure you called her before Eastenders started.
It’s free, you don’t even have to worry about calling credit, just log onto free wifi. Whatsapp is honestly the best way to stay in touch with any family or friends. Even if you’re in a rush or just about to head out and do something cool, just reply with an emoji or two. The video call on Whatsapp is my savior, I watch my nephews and nieces open their birthday presents and get to see the happiness on their little faces in real time.
Ok, it’s pretty old school but sometimes sending a text or whatsapp is just too short. If you have a lot to say type it up onto an email and send it to them. Once you start an email conversation its really easy to keep it up, you can check back what you talked about and answer any questions, so that nothing gets left unsaid.
Now this is really old school but don’t forget, you are the one who went off on an adventure. You are the one travelling around, exploring the World and seeing amazing places. Buy a postcard here or there, write a little insight into what your experience there has been like and pop it in the post box. It will be such a nice surprise for whoever receives it back home and you know it will get pride of place on the fridge.
2. Remember the important days
Often while you’re away the people at home think you are too busy having a great time to even think about them. This is never really the case, make sure they know that you are still thinking about them by remembering the important days like birthdays and anniversaries.
Pack an Address book
I take an address book with me whenever I travel. There no way I can remember everyone’s exact address. Also add their phone numbers (you never know when you might lose your phone) and email addresses. That way you are ready to send postcards, letters, and emails like we just talked about.
Keep a diary
A diary, planner or journal, is great to keep track of what you’re doing and when during your travels. Add to it all your friends and family’s birthday and other important dates to help you keep track. You don’t want to realize you forgot your parents ruby wedding anniversary or your oldest friends 30th birthday three days late.
Set up a Moonpig account
Sending things yourself in the post isn’t always easy, getting stamps, finding a post box, making sure it arrives on time. If you want to make sure you never miss a birthday get a Moonpig account. I pre-pay the credit on mine so it’s ready to go whenever I need it and I know it will be posted the following day. You can personalise the cards and add photos, it’s great.
If you want to send a little something extra and buy a gift for someone back home Amazon is the way to go. I send all my Christmas presents via Amazon, you can set multiple delivery addresses, ask for the price to be removed and even get items gift bagged. Even on the other side of the World you can send a nice little present home and make someone’s day.
3. Tell them what you are doing and send photos
No one likes a brag but at the same time make sure you are telling people at home about your adventures. The more they know about what you’re getting up to the more they will feel involved and have things to chat with you about.
Snapchat is such a fun way to send silly photos to each other. Ok, your old work colleagues might not have an awesome sunset backdrop for their photo like you do but they can do a group rabbit ear filter pic and send you that. Its light-hearted and can include everyone. I like to record videos of me with a silly voice changer and sent them to my sister (I’m pretty sure she loves it).
Good old Facebook is pretty helpful all round for staying in touch with having to make much effort. You can send a private message, tag someone in a cute dog video or share something you think they might like on their page. Photo uploading is one of those features that we kind of forget Facebook can still do. Sure, you don’t want to overdo the beach sunbathing selfies or upload all the snaps you took on that week-long jungle trek. Just a few of your best shots in each place you travel to will help your Great Aunt know where you are now and she can have a little nose at your photos.
4. Ask what they are doing
Don’t get too caught up in exciting times you are having and forget to ask friends and family what is going on their lives. Take time to chat and stay in touch like we’ve covered but make sure you are asking them questions and helping them out if they need advice or support.
5. Invite them to meet up with you
It’s not completely out of the realms of possibility that one of your friends flies over to meet up with you when they get some holiday time off work. Or you manage to sync your travels and meet up for a few days stopover somewhere they can fly to pretty cheaply.
6. Make plans for when you’re back
Look ahead to when you are due to get back, make some plans, arrange to see people go out and catch up. Having something to look forward to will help you to stop wondering what they are all doing right now
I hope some of these tips have been helpful in aiding your homesick feelings. Stay in contact with loved ones honestly they are not that far away.
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