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When you love to travel, spreading your wings and going on your next adventure is always exciting. However, no matter how much you’re enjoying yourself, you can always feel that little tug back home. After all, that’s where all of your friends are, you miss hugging your dog, and your parents’ homemade food is so good. Despite all of these (completely valid) things, there are some ways to battle homesickness, so you’re not running to the airport, passport in hand and teary-eyed, missing out on the best experiences that life has to offer. Here are 5 of them.

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#1: Stay busy

While homesickness can be pretty debilitating, staying busy is important. Think about all of the cool things that you can do where you are, and try to put an itinerary together for your day. The first step is always the hardest, but when you’ve put yourself out of your comfort zone and tried out some new things, you’ll realize that you really can do anything that you want to!

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#2: Phone home

Wherever you are on your travels, make sure that you find a little bit of time to phone home. Most of the time, just hearing the voices of your family members and knowing that they’re OK is enough for you to feel at ease, so if you’re not at your best then pick up the phone. Your homesickness may also be informed by a little bit of FOMO, and a phone call will help with this too!

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#3: Keep some normality

Even when you’re on the other side of the world, you need to maintain some normality. Luckily, little things like keeping a routine and having online-based mailbox forwarding – so that you’re not missing out on anything important – can help you a lot. Think about what defined your routine at home, and try to bring this into your travel life wherever you can.

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#4: Make friends

One of the most important things that you get from travel is the friends that you make along the way. When you first head to a new place, you can feel like you’re surrounded by strangers, but let’s be honest here, somebody needs to make the first move to make this friendship happen and it may just have to be you. Building up a support network with your travel buddies is key!

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#5: Don’t feel bad about it

Look, pretty much every travel-fanatic has had that pain in the pit of their stomachs when they think about the people they love at home. It sucks, but it’s totally normal to feel it, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up for missing your friends and family members (oh, and your dog). The more you talk about it with others and accept that you’re feeling homesick, the better.

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So, if you’re missing home then keep these 5 things in mind. Once you’re over the first hurdle you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your future travels, even if you do need to call your Mom every other day.

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