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Losing that home sick feeling

Here are some tips for the traveller to avoid that feeling of homesickness

If you are on a regular trip away from home, visiting the same places reduces the likelihood of feeling homesick. You can stay in the same hotel, visit the same restuarant and eat the same food, and go to familiar places so that the place becomes a home away from home. The idea is to replace the familiar surroundings that was left behind.

If you are further away in unfamiliar surroundings, you can cope with being away by bringing along momentos that evoke the comforts of home such as photos of your family, friends and pets. You can carry these in your wallet, or put them on a computer screensaver. You can make a recording of your child, or play your favourite music on an mp3 player. Eat comfort foods and local specialties from home (Australians often carry Vegemite in their pack) - as that feeling of homesickness can be a longing for the tastes and smells of home.


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