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How to deal with feeling homesick

Not a lot of people know how to deal with feeling homesick when they go abroad. It’s especially tough in the first few days. Homesickness is the feeling you get when you are disconnected from your friends and family and are missing your regular routine.

Here we gathered some tips on how to deal with feeling homesick.

1. Go out

Go out and meet new people! It will give you something else to think about and distract you. Maybe you live in a place that you have to share with other people. That makes it easy to start a conversation and make plans to go out together. And accept all invitations you get, at least in the beginning. It will help you to think about something else for a change. And if you live alone you can sign up for a sports club or classes in your area!

2. Talk about it

Find someone you can talk to! It helps a lot if you can share your feelings and experience with someone else. You will feel less alone if you know that you are not the only one who feels like this. But you don‘t even need to talk about your feelings if that makes you feel uncomfortable. Just going out and chatting with new people can help as well. When you start going out with the people you met abroad you will notice that it‘s a lot more fun and way less intimidating than you might have thought!

3. Get a routine

At home, you probably have a certain way to start your day or there are things you always do at a certain time. Now you‘re abroad and suddenly you‘re missing your routine and you feel out of control.

Why not incorporate some parts of your routine here as well? For example at home you might always read a few pages of a book before bed, why not do the same here? It will make you feel a bit more connected to your old home and it’s a good idea on how to deal with feeling homesick.

4. Explore

It‘s scary being in a city that you‘ve never been to before and the only thing that helps change it is going out to explore!

Get to know the city, after all, it‘s going to be your home for the next weeks. You need to get familiar with your new surroundings and soon you will notice that you feel much more comfortable in your new home.


It will take a while until you feel completely at home and comfortable in a new country. You just shouldn‘t get discouraged and feel guilty about your feelings. It takes time to connect to a new place but just remember that you will cherish the experience and the memories you‘ve made forever.

You will meet so many new people and make great friends along the way.

It will be worth it in the end.


Also read:

Top 5 tips to overcome culture shock

How Parents Feel About Their Child Leaving Home


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