I found that creating strong bonds with friends abroad was the best way to battle feelings of homesickness. Being connected to friends and family at home is good, but sometimes being overconnected was detrimental to my state of mind. Making new friends, traveling, and being open to new experiences were the things that kept me going. It was much easier to feel homesick on the days when boredom and stagnation crept in. Also, having friends and family visit helped to break-up my time abroad and allowed my new friends to connect with old friends/family. I found that this made everything feel a bit closer. The most impactful visits I had were in the second half of my trip, when feelings of homesickness were the strongest.
Connor recommends the following next steps:
- Make a plan to keep busy while abroad. Identify new habits you want to enact or habits you would like to continue. Be specific
- Make plans for friends or family to visit if possible. Don't be afraid to ask more extended family (aunts/uncles/grandparents.) These were my favorite visitors and made me feel much closer to home!