i´ve been travelling for nearly 2 months now and i have to admit i felt a little homesick at times, but nothing major just short spells of inactivity in hostels, so yes the best remedy is to get out there, av a laf and meet new people. also phoning home to hear familiar voices helps. i found that goin to a place whose language is not that of your own is more likely to bring on homesickness than elsewhere, but once you get over it the benefits are greater - it makes you a stronger person more able to deal with difficult situations. thats my opinion neway!
Sam makes terrific points...and believe me, two days after returning from your time abroad you will be trying to come up with ways (some of them desperate) to come up with enough money to hop on a plane or train again. Good luck.
The first time I was away from home I went back to visit after 2 months - then everytime my away peiods grew longer and longer - you get use to it AND - if you live in a small town it is great because nothing changes and then you start to realize that there is nothing to miss (or rather when you get home things are the same and you haven't missed a pint)
I spent the year last year in Holland as an exchange student... really i didnt get home sick until i'd been there for about 6 months becuase my first host family was just so cool i felt at home straight away!! the only reason i started to feel homesick was cuz i didnt like that host family at the time (i had 4.. changed every 3 months). Really just go out there and do lots of things, dont let yourself sit arund and be bored, and try make some good friends who can help you through tough times and homesickness shouldnt be a problem
The only time I got homesick was when something unusually bad happened to me in India, I tried desperately to get my flights changed, but couldn't, I ended up staying and had THE BEST TIME EVER!!! went up to the himalayan foothills and did loads of cool stuff and made a really good friend! would have really regretted going home...
in all seriousness, those feelings never last for longer than a couple of days in my experience!
take it easy
i've never felt homesick, but i do get the opposite - travelsick when i haven't travelled anywhere for a long time (i.e more than 2 or 3 days). Having said that, i don't really have any place which to me is "home". I'm most at home living out of my rucksack and travelling than being anywhere in particular, so i suppose in a awrped way, i do get homesick when i'm not traveling
Hi . . have to admit the first night was really tough for me . . .been away on business trips before but only for a few days/week max . . . .so landing somewhere and realising this is really it, you are now travelling for a few months or more . .it can get to you, especially if you have left a special one behind (be that cats or people!!)!!
So what happend to me got through first two nights and then things just got better and better . . .there are pangs occasionally but overall I have found I have just got so caught up in what I am seeing or doing that there is no time to feel homesick . . .tips;
1 - Expect the shock when you first arrive! You will be tired so more liable to feel emotional.
2 - Stay in places which are small and cosy initially, the big places may be fun but actually you probably want a few days to settle in
3 - Plan your days . .either in the morning or the night before
4 - Do what it right for you in the evenings, going for a beer or two can help, but you will still have to get through the pangs/feelings at some stage!
5 - Do spend time with people who speak your language at some point!!
Hope that helps
To not miss home you have got to make wherever you are your current home. Get out and see things, make friends, find little niches around the city like where they have good street food, or where you can have some peace and quite near your hostel, a place with an amazing view, the best neighbourhood pub, whatever gives you solice. When I lived in Germany for 6 months I felt homesick. I really missed my friends and their sense of humour most of all. I would say things and just know my best friend would totally crack up but where I was I was just met with confused faces. The way I coped was to write home faithfully and constantly through email, postcards, letters, whatever. I phoned a few times, too. My family would phone me at school now and then so that I could update them on what's going on and hear all the news from their neck of the woods, too. I think that the best way to stop feeling homesick is to contact the people you miss back home regularly. Also, like other people have said, take advantage of where you are. See and experience the country you are in. Get to know the locals and the people in your hostel. And take a break every now and then to do something that you do back home that is important to you, like keep a journal or paint the sunset or take pictures of random things like shoes hanging on a telephone wire and the funny looking street lights and road signs and what the toilet looks like so you can send them home to your friends and family. . .... There are tones of ways to get over homesickness, even if it is the first time you are away. Absolutely do not just hide in a shell and mope and be depressed because it will only make you feel worse.
i get seriously homesick....:S i am in Vancouver and i miss Beijing soooo much.....i was really annoyed by the traffic in Beijing, now i even think that's "cute":D
I wasn't really that home sick because I was experiencing so many new and exciting things. It's so hard to just remember and try and keep in touch and call back home so everyone knows your ok, so I found it even harder to think about my old hangouts, friends, family and stuff. I actually wanted to stay longer than the couple months I did in Europe last summer backpacking. Heck, if I could I'd go back now! I think I left my heart in Paris (forget San Fransisco )...it was such a beautiful city!
K, now I shall day dream about going back....