Celebrating Christmas in Prague on November 25th 2014! I would be alone in Africa during actual Christmas so my best friend and I decided to celebrate a month early!
Landing in Australia on the 31st of March 2015 after 8 months abroad. Mum and I couldn't resist a selfie on my first day back!
DIY Chicken Parmigiana in Africa - My favourite food in the world!
As a regular traveller and someone who has spent the majority of my adult life bouncing around different cities, home sickness is something I am extremely familiar with.
When I first moved to Adelaide in March 2013 it was missing the familiarity of Brisbane City. In Europe I was craving my favourite foods; Chicken Parmigiana and Vegemite. Most recently towards the end of my 8 month backpacking trip all I needed was a cuddle from my Mum and Dad!
So whether it is Australia, Africa or wherever else I have chosen to call home I have come to the realisation that I am always missing someone. The good news is it does get easier! The even better news is that below I have shared with you my top tips to battling home sickness.
Skype has to be my best friend when I am travelling! There is nothing better then free international calls when all you need to do is hear the sounds of home! Sometimes you simply need to lay eyes on a loved one to instantly feel more at ease. If you’ve got a poor wifi connection opt for a Skype call without the video. Either way you’ll be able to get in touch with those who matter. All from a simple application on your smart phone or laptop!
2. REMIND YOURSELF HOW MUCH YOU’VE ACHIEVED
Look through your photos, postcards and souvenirs! Remember not every day will be like this and soon the longing for home will ease. You are on a once in a lifetime adventure. Enjoy it!
3. DO SOMETHING AUTHENTIC TO YOUR NATIONALITY
I recently spent Australia Day in Africa. I can tell you I had the face paints ready and Triple J Top 100 streaming on my laptop. Moments in life are what you make of them! You don't have to be home to enjoy the things that matter most to you.
4. GET WRITING
Postcards for me are my lifeline when travelling. There is nothing that makes me feel more connected to my friends and family then writing my adventures down on a postcard! Share your stories and experiences with loved ones even when they aren’t as close as you’d like.
5. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
For me I love driving and exploring. For you it might be dining out, catching a movie or wandering around a new city. Whatever it is you love to do, be sure to do it when you feel at your worst. Sitting in your home, hostel or hotel will only remind you how alone you are. Get out and about! Feel the sunshine on your skin, stroll through crowds of people and appreciate the smaller things in life. Remember the longing feeling you are experiencing now won’t last forever!