I'm about to embark on a working holiday to the UK alone. My biggest fear is getting homesick and wanting to just throw it all in and go home.....and that's exactly the sort of person I am...if I don't like someting I'm out of there ASAP! Having to say goodbye to the cat is a moment I'm dreading....and it's 10 weeks away yet. I don't know how I'll do it!
I don't miss home so much as I get lonely, which makes me wish I were home where I could call somebody up and go grab a beer. I'll even find that I can get lonely hanging out with locals at a place sometime because they don't have my background.
The easiest remedy I have found to that is to find a travellers or ex-pat watering hole and go and make some new friends. It makes you feel like you are back home for a little while. Of course, after a couple of days hanging with fellow travellers I usually want to get back on my own again! Nothing like spending a day or two with North Americans to remind you why you went travelling in the first place .
P.S. The funny thing about this whole post is that even when I am home in Toronto I can't find anyone to go out and have a drink with me because they all have spouses and kids now.