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1. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

so all you veteran travellers how bad is the homesickness?
I'm heading off for a year in about 5 weeks. im getting the inevitable pre-departure jitters. I'm very close to my family and worry I might be miserable without them. The longest ive been away is three months. i was ok then because i was not so far away that i couldnt just pop back if i was lonely (i didnt!)
so how was it for you?
Jenn xx

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Before I set out, I'd expected more or less frequent bouts of homesickness. (Given that my longest trip away on my own up to that point had been five weeks.) But in total, over 2+ years, I suffered exactly zero.
I know this won't be the case for everyone, but for me, I guess I was just far too busy experiencing and seeing and breathing in to ever get around to starting to miss home.

That's not to say I never was feeling down, of course, and whenever I met up with friends that I could just hang out with as if I were a local, rather than a traveller, I thoroughly realized how good a feeling it was to do that, and that this was something I'd never appreciated enough at home, but no - never any actual homesickness.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

As sander explained, you are in some rush when you travel. You see so much, you experience things that you have never experienced before. Its one big adventure. There is simply no time to think about home. When I started travelling for the first time (for 5,5 month) I was a little afraid for homesickness as well. I had (and have) a very warm and good bond with my family and friends. But after a week it appeared that I am not really sensitive for homesickness (as in not more then normal).

It also depends. When you feel a positive vibe with the country, you will have a low risk of getting homesick. But when you feel cultureshocked or you just don't like the mentality or you hate the local cuisine, then homesickness is likely to appear more easy.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 17, 2006, at 10:41 AM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

simple and unhelpful solution is...if you feel home sick, then you fly home...then you realise what a waste it was was!!!

tis true from the others, you be so busy before you know it, 12 months are up!

i realise people get home sick when things are going bad for them cos they realise how good it it at home, since you r from ireland like me, then you know our irish mommys are the best...when things are going great with your travels then you dont become home sick:)

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Homesickness is only an issue if you are stupid and don't think about all the amazing and great experiences you have had on your trip. I am really close to my family as well, and I have got a serious case of the travel bug. I spent 7 months away by myself travelling the whole world sometimes being surrounded by tens of thousands of people like in India, but other places like Easter Island you can be in an area and not have a single soul all around you if you head out of the township part. What oslaue says about before you know it you 12 months will be up, is very true. If you do an extensive round the world trip rather than spending like two weeks in a city being bored out of your mind in the place, well your time races. I only wish the time leading up to a departure seemed to go as quick. I kept in contact with my family by email most days, and about once every month I spoke to them by phone. I was too busy enjoying my time to its fullest and seeing more amazing sites in a day than I'd see in a decade at home, to be bothered calling my family and friends every couple of days. The only time it seemed to have been a long time, when when you are away for like 6 months, and you think back to the first places you went and think just how long ago it was. Just receiving emails every few days from family and friends was more than enough to stop any home sickness happening to me. I have only been back a little more than a month, and I am dreading having to come back and have planned my next big adventure. So now I'll just need to save up all over again.

Have a great trip and enjoy your time to its fullest. Try to just think about the great times you have had and will have. Thinking about your friends and family often, will make homesickness bad. Think to the future part of your trip.

6. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

another thing what arnold said...when you get those emails of your family and friends and they tell you how boring it is at home and its same old same old then you just know you made the best decision.

if you dont travel, then you will live in wonder! and regret! stay at home and be boring and be a pencil pusher just like me! what excitment! ....NOT!

7. Posted by andy101 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hey there all, I want some advice.

I recently went travelling with some mates, freaked out after a week and then came home but am determined to head out again and meet my mates in oz! And do a 5 month trip! I aint goina let homesickness beat me!

Im just a bit worried ill feel the some again and so if im anxious now what will i be like if or when i get there!

Am tips or experences anyone has had would help so I can prepare myself better and make it a success!

Many Thanks

Andrew

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting andy101

Am tips or experences anyone has had would help so I can prepare myself better and make it a success!

Hi Andy. The most important is that you know where you are going. That means that you need to read something about the country, the culture and peoples habits. Try to get some idea of how it is to be there. Search for photo's on the internet of the country you are going to. This site has loads of pics about a lot of countries. Goodluck;)

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting andy101

Am tips or experences anyone has had would help so I can prepare myself better and make it a success!

Hi Andy. The most important is that you know where you are going. That means that you need to read something about the country, the culture and peoples habits. Try to get some idea of how it is to be there. Search for photo's on the internet of the country you are going to. This site has loads of pics about a lot of countries. Goodluck;)

when i was working on a project living in the back ass of no where in scotland i drowned my sorry ass in the local pub.

whoever says drinking does not make your problems go away!

10. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

here here, the tips you are looking for can be found at the bottom of your pint glass!