I’ve been in New Zealand a week now. I took some time off uploading on the blog to settle in, get the admin sorted and to really find my feet in a new country. Moving half way around the world really did take it out of me. For months it’s all you’re thinking about, it’s all you’re talking about and every single thing you do is in preparation for that big move. Then the day arrives, you travel thousands of miles to get there and all of a sudden, everything falls into place.
Naturally, and something to be anticipated when you move away or go travelling, you’re going to miss home. It’s only normal and you’re probably an alien if you don’t. But missing home is definitely something everyone will tackle and something only a few will be able to overcome. It’s often the feeling of homesickness that makes people return. Overcoming homesickness is the key to enjoying your travels and experiencing the world, so today I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to overcome homesickness and What To Do When You’re Missing Home.
// Familiarise Yourself \\
No, I don’t mean with the location you’re in. I mean surround yourself with things that are familiar. Whether that be your favourite item of clothing, a song or even a scent. Finding something familiar whilst you’re way will make you feel that little closer to home.
A great way to achieve this is with candles/ room defusers. It’s so easy to pick up candles all around the world, with thousands of scents, you’re going to find one that reminds you of back home. For me, it’s got to be this new candle from Scents Unusual. The guys over there were kind enough to send me a candle and room defuser in the scent Cuban Tobacco & Oak. A very musky, masculine smell that actually smells good enough to be an aftershave. So from now on, any musky smelling candle is going to remind of being back home and bring a little comfort to my travels.
// WhatsApp \\
Some people think when you’re missing home, it’s better to just not speak with people back there. For me, I think it’s the opposite. Having regular contact with your loved ones back home is going to make it far easier to get through that homesick stage. Talking about day to day life, catching up with each other and sharing stories will bring comfort to you. It’ll feel like there isn’t any space between you at all and keep you in the loop on life back home. WhatsApp is great for that, a free way to communicate with friends and family back home. For me, it’s been a lifesaver.
// Keep Busy \\
The moment you stop is the moment your mind wanders. Keep yourself busy. In the first couple of days of me being in New Zealand, I looked out for a car, I opened my bank account, sorted my phone, familiarised myself with the area… I even bought & built myself a desk. I kept myself busy, I completed all my errands and I kept my mind busy. That way, I was kept occupied instead of thinking about the life I’ve left behind and how far away I am from home. I’m not saying go and buy yourself a desk, but I am saying just hit the beach, mooch the shops and visit a museum. Keep busy!
// Socialise \\
And last but not least, socialise with people. Make friends, speak with people, socialise. I’m very lucky to be living with family whilst over here in New Zealand, so I have a group of people already to socialise with. But it’s so important to make friends whilst you’re away, have a couple of people you can trust or rely on and build yourself a network of friends to have abroad. This way you’ll find yourself doing more, you’ll feel way more at ease and you’ll also start to feel more settled in the area you’re staying.
They may seem like the most basic of tips and probably some of the most obvious ones but trust me, they’ll definitely help you in that mission to overcome homesickness.
Like I said at the start of this post, I’ve been in New Zealand for a week now and I couldn’t have asked for a better start. I had the best flight ever, I’ve had a personal tour guide in the shape of my sister-in-law Jodie, I’ve learnt the area and everyone here seems to be super friendly. For some, I know this isn’t the case which is why I wanted to put together todays blog post.
I want to thank Scents Unusual for sending me these incredible products. You guys really must check them out and grab yourself something nice. This Cuban Tobacco & Oak scent is literally to die for. Like it said, it smells like it could be an aftershave. As always with posts like these, although I was sent the products for free, all opinions are my own.
I hope the post today has helped. Enjoy your travels & I’ll see you in the next one.
| By Harrison |