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1. Posted by js_2005 (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Next semester I’m going overseas to study and I’m afraid I’ll get really homesick. I’ve never been away from my family longer than a month and I don’t know how I’m going to handle being half a world away for half a year. So for all of you travelers out there, do you ever get homesick for your family and friends? And if you do how do you deal with it?

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi l have moved your thread to General Talk l think you will get more response here!

3. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've been one of the lucky ones and never suffered 'homesickness' since I left NZ 14years ago. I have known people who got a bit homesick, usually about the 7 to 12 months area.
They got over it when they looked at what they were doing, oppertunities to travel and see other places and cultures are fantastic reasons to carry on.
Keep busy, get yourself out there, meet people and the time will fly past. You'll more like think when it's time to go home - that went too fast, i wish i could just carry on for a bit.
Have fun, enjoy it.

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was a bit homesick when I first started travelling. I just occupied myself with activities while on my travels and that helped to ease the homesickness a lot. After a while, you get used to being away and it won't matter so much anymore.

You can always place a call home or write back or something. Technology is so advanced these days that there are plenty of ways to keep in touch and feel you're still close to home.

5. Posted by Truike (Inactive 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I don't call home when I feel homesick, that makes it worse. Call home when you are happy. That's what I do and with me, it workes better for both sides. Take some pictures with you so you can always look at them if you feel like it. And what the others say: occupie yourself with activities. It takes your mind off the homesickness. Good luck!

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I find email is the best anti homesickness tool ever invented. So inexpensive to keep in touch with family and friends this way.


7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Even for hardy travellers who never suspected it, most seem to find homesickness kicks in at least to a degree after 8-12 months or so. I'm kind of lucky, kind of freaky in that i don't get homesick at all. However, I do get the opposite. If i'm anywhere for more than about 10days, i get the opposite (travel sickness is something else, but you know what i mean) and need to be moving. Anywhere. Now. And if I can't go anywhere, I really start to freak out and go very strange.

To combate homesickness though, email and internet is good, talking to people back home (BUT not all the time, that makes it worse), and trying to find some "comfort" things from back home (food, drink, TV shows, newspapers etc) can help, as can talking to otehr people in a similar boat, or from similar places as you.

8. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm a bit like Gelli and never get homesick at all and have itchy feet all the time. Talking to a friend yesterday I also realized I started two completely "new" lives in the past year and a half and first moved to Spain and than to Australia straight after. Both experiences have been wonderful so far and since internet and skype staying in touch with my friends and family in Germany has been really easy.
From what I see, you're going overseas as an exchange student. In that case I would even be less worried about getting homesick, because you will be busy meeting new people and exploring new things everyday ;).

9. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When i went to Japan i found that i was really homesick for the first 10 days or so, but then i got over it. I think if you go somewhere totally different than home, it kinda takes a lot of energy to emerse urself in stuff, and hence i found myself getting really homesick. However, once i started work and got to know the people and my surroundings i was much happier. I have now moved to France - well for the next 6 months or so - and i get the odd pangs of homesickness, but it is just pangs, nothing more. As long as you dont expect to have a totally smooth transition, and prepare yourself for the fact that u may find it hard at the start, it will be a lot easier when you actually have to deal with it. There is nothing worse than thinking everything is gonna be perfect and then getting somewhere and being totally homesick and thus miserable.

I feel jealous of those who dont get homesick, no matter how much i travel, it always hits me at the start. But, i know to expect this now and i also know that it goes away after a while.

10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The way I see it, you are only going for one semester. When it all really gets too much, just write down the days you have until you fly home. You can tick them off on a calender.

BTW, never underestimate your family. They might decide to show up on your doorstep during your semester abroad, simply because they miss you too.