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1. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

nicnac has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Just wondered what people thought about feeling home sick. Im planning a year trip and its crossed my mind that Im going to the other side of the world, solo:). Thats going to be a strange feeling.
Just wanting to know of anyone elses thoughts on this..

How to cope when it hits you..and tips etc


2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

home sick = sick of being at home

I am home sick right now.

3. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 12y

Last summer I moved a couple thousand miles away from home to be a live in nanny for a family I had never met, in a state I had never been to, and where I knew noone.

I'm pretty sure I spent more time worrying about being homesick than actually being homesick. In fact the only time I got close to being homesick was more when I got bored, just because I had so much less to do than I normally had to do at home. And since I doubt you'll get bored while travelling across the other side of the world I bet you'll be fine!!

Good Luck!


4. Posted by Tazza (Full Member 57 posts) 12y

Yeah, I think it actually gets pretty hear to be homesick when you're always on the go in a new country! I normally find it a hassle to keep contacting home just to check in and let them know I haven't died yet.

I guess if you do get a bit homesick and can't phone home due to time differences etc. then it's probably best just to go out and do something to take your mind off it, even if it's just a walk somewhere, or a chocolate bar :)

5. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

ummmmmm...I like that. Im sick of being home now and want to leave to start my adventure..:)

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

mmmm, the chocolate bar sounds like a great tip!!! Might have to have one to start off my Tuesday :)

In some seriousness now.... when I worked in Australia running orientations for backpackers that had just arrived in the country I had to deal with a few cases of home sickness that were quite extreme so I know for some it's a real issue. I'd say 80% have it in one way/shape or form while they are travelling but it's the temporary kind or little thing you 'miss' here or there which most wouldn't even qualify.

One extreme case I had to deal with though had a girl coming in to our office after about 5 days in Australia (Sydney). She was crying and in all states and her main request for me was to help her reschedule her ticket to go back home ASAP because she was so homesick. I talked to her a while and calmed her down only to find she hadn't really spent much time out of the hostel, let alone Sydney so I convinced her to go to the Blue Mountains for a week - and at least spend some of the money she had saved for the past year! - and then come back to me if she still wanted help having her ticket changed (it was also a really busy time with flights so that help me convince her she couldn't leave the next day either way). Two weeks later the girl came back to the office with the biggest smile I have seen on a person and was so happy to have started seeing the country and didn't regret it a day. She came back in to the office only once after that, about 11 months later I believe and basically maxed out her one year in Australia because she loved it so much....

Another two extreme cases were actually on the same flight.... these two girls arrived in Australia on a Wednesday evening at 8 or so. After picking up the group at the airport (about 30 total in the group) I told them Wednesdays was a great night at the bar down the road from the hostel where they were staying and I expected to see them all down there.... most of them didn't need much convincing after a 12 hour flight :) Anyway, the next morning the whole group showed up at the office (some a little more tired than the rest.... ), except for the two girls who also happened to be the only two that hadn't gone to the bar that first evening. The reason? They had gotten up at 6 in the morning and taken a cab back to the airport to get on the first flight home....that's right, not even 24 hours in Australia!!!! By staying home on the first night they had apparently started talking together about how much they missed their boyfriends and decided to leave.

I think both the above stories illustrate the need to get out and start meeting other people and experiencing new things from the start. Keep your mind open about it and the rest will follow. Also, if you aren't enjoying yourself in one place, move on and see what the rest of the country can offer. The single worst thing you can do is convince yourself that it's better to go home..... personally I think you would regret it for a long time!

Just my thoughts... :)


7. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y

I have to say Sam those are good ideas. Seeing as much as the country as possible that you are visiting and keeping your mind open. I haven't been travelling long-term yet but when I do I am sure to follow that advice up. I doubt I'd be as bad as the two girls who didn't even stay in OZ 24 hours. To travel all that way and then not want to get out there. Oh well I'd say you did your best to convince them anyway. I probably will feel homesick at one stage or another though. If so, I will be e-mailing my family and friends. Also trying to call them every so often to hear their voice and vice versa. Also keeping busy and keeping your mind off things by going for a walk as LeahRB and Tazza said. I agree to that also.

8. Posted by cookieyum (Inactive 75 posts) 12y

This is my fifth week here in chile and it has absoloutely whizzed by so now i´m wishing i had longer than 4 months left! Of course there are some days when you think life would have been easier if you´d stayed home but I really think the best way to avoid feeling homesick is just to keep busy, get involved in anything that appeals to you and remember to make the most of every opportunity. I just spent the weekend consoling my friend who´s also teaching out here and she got really drunk and weepy cos she missed her boyfriend who´s back in the UK so i guess it´s alot easier to enjoy yourself abroad when you don´t have that sort of commitment. Before i came out here i was living at home with my parents for 6 months feeling unbelievably bored and fed up of seeing the same people so it´s really nice to be out here meeting loads of new people and trying all these new things. When i remind myself of what a great opportunity this is i don´t feel homesick so just go and get stuck in and have a wicked time!!!:)

9. Posted by jorppa (Budding Member 25 posts) 12y

Homesickness... i haven't really felt it, never.
Before i came back from OZ, started to miss everything but home. The worst part was to realize that nothing had changed here but me. Even though i've had an amazing life even before i started travelling it's not the same anymore.
Maybe going back to some country you've already been to has the same effect. Back home people just live too "safe" lives for me...

Or maybe its just that damn dog trying to defile my various body parts

10. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y

homesickness always goes away after your 2nd or 3rd pint of guinness.
or when i turn on the news and see the latest badventures of GWBush ad his cronies.

Ugh get me out of the USA!