I am one of those people that have been itching to get out of my hometown since I was born basically. I grew up in a small town just outside a good sized city. It wasn’t so small that everyone knew EVERYONE but it was cozy. Ever since I found out that there was a world out there to explore I declared that I was not staying where I was born and raised.
27 years later and I have gotten out, I have ventured across the globe, I have fallen in love with other places.
Even though these were my dreams for many, many years and still are, I still get homesick when I am away. It’s not right away but it usually happens at the 3-4 month mark.
My best advice and tried and true tactic to beating it: book a trip home.
There are definitely some instances where this isn’t the easiest or most realistic thing to do but it’s the only thing that has worked for me over the years.
Even if it’s just for a day it will be worth it entirely.
If you’re missing home and you try to tough it out you’re going to end up missing out on the beauty or charm of your surroundings. You will be day dreaming about your family puppy or your mom’s homemade spaghetti instead of appreciating the limestone cliffs of Halong Bay or the beautiful ocean view you get to take in daily.
Recently, I’ve mentioned, I’m living in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. I’ve been very lucky to have my parents visit at the beginning of July but haven’t been home since early May.
Lately, I’ve been wicked homesick.
It’s started making me cranky, a touch sad, and very unappreciative of the ocean view I have all day long at work. Unfortunately, I recently also had a friend from high school pass away and decided that heading home for his funeral was exactly the medicine I needed. First, I get to pay my respects to a great man who left us far too early and second, I get to get 24 hours with my family and friends.
In order to head home for a little under 2 days, I had to shell out money for a ferry off and back on to the island, give up shifts at work and pay for gas. It’s not a cheap 3 day excursion.
But ya know what? It was well worth it for peace of mind. It was worth it for Justin, my friend.
So, my advice? If you’re feeling homesick and it isn’t getting shaken by facetiming with your mom or finding some kind of creature comfort from home then book that layover!
Buy that train ticket.
Do what it takes to give yourself a few hours or days where you feel most comfortable.
In the long run, it’ll make you appreciate your experiences more and will help to reignite your wandering spirit by taking you back to where it all started.
What do you do to combat homesickness? Ever made a spontaneous trip home to cure it?