By Natasha Zapata
Traveling abroad can be one of the best experiences you will ever have if you’re doing it right. It’s fun and the experiences are out-of-this-world, but it can be extremely difficult for those who have a rough time being away from home.
To make sure that doesn’t happen, here are some ways to get comfy with being abroad:
1. Buy gifts and send your family post cards
Be the best tourist you can be and shop at some tourist shops that specialize in “I Love (Blank)” t-shirts. It’ll make you think of your loved ones and you will love shopping for them. Postcards are cheap and who doesn’t love one with a picture of the Eiffel Tower?
2. Remind yourself of why you’re traveling abroad
It’s very easy to forget why you’re traveling abroad if you’re feeling homesick and sad. Write yourself some reminders why you went abroad in the first place to shake those nerves.
3. Stay busy
It’s simple – If you’re busy, you don’t have time to feel gloomy. Create a bucket list of things you want to get done while abroad and it will keep you excited about the adventures!
4. Have some friendly company traveling with you
I cannot stress this enough. If you’re studying abroad or working, there will always be someone in the same situation as you. Find those people because sharing those new experiences with someone is so much better! You will eventually be together 24/7 and will hardly have time to think about home.
If you’re abroad solely to travel, plan it with your best friend, a good friend or a sibling. You will feel a lot better about being away from home when you’re with someone you’re comfortable with. It also gives you someone to talk about all of your experiences with once it’s over.
5. Stay connected (but not too connected)
In the midst of all the craziness and exploring, take a minute to call a loved one. (A minute, please – not an hour. Go out and explore!) FaceTime works through WIFI, you can use Skype on a laptop or tablet, and there are some apps (WhatsApp, Viber) that you can make phone calls and text while connected to WIFI.
6. Record everything
Taking pictures and capturing videos of the cool sites and scenery is almost as fun as actually being there. It will help you pay attention to your surroundings and what is happening in your present, rather than what you’re missing out on back home.
7. Experience the new cultures to the fullest!
Embracing the culture of your host city sooner rather than later will help you start loving the city instantly. Be open-minded to try new things before you set foot on the plane and you’ll feel right at home sooner than you think.