Many people dream of visiting places that they have never been to before. They scrutinize travel brochures and magazines for the best places to visit when the time to embark draws near, they set about purchasing cameras and everything else they might need for their trip. When they finally set out, they are embarrassed when they suddenly feel homesick. There are a few ways in which this state of mind can be addressed.
1. Maintain a personal schedule
Sometimes, it is important to observe small practices that make you feel comfortable and relaxed. A practice as simple as going to bed early everyday can contribute to a feeling of relief and togetherness. So can doing a number of exercises on a daily basis even when taking a vacation. Binging on the local alcoholic beverages of the country you are visiting can actually lower your capacity to deal with stress.
2. Maintain communications with family and friends
Just hearing the voices of loved ones on a daily basis goes a long way in helping a person to feel like they are still connected to themselves. If you happen to be travelling in a city where nobody speaks English, it can actually be quite a lonely experience. Tourists who visit areas that have strict customs might also have an uncomfortable experience.
For instance, there are nations in which one hardly sees any women in the streets. A female tourist visiting such areas will experience a certain level of discomfort even if she has the most cheerful disposition. It is important for tourists who find themselves in such circumstances to be able to reach their family members or friends at any time, and confide in them about their feelings of homesickness. This will also allow the said tourists to be updated about any new event or occurrence that might have taken place in their absence. It will also help in reassuring one’s family members that their relative is ok and comfortable in his or her new environment.
3. Don’t insist on being happy all the time
Many tourists or people on vacations experience a certain amount of pressure from the pictures that depict people having lots of fun in travel magazines. The reality is that some of the world’s best travel destinations have some of the poorest populations in the world. No matter how well the citizens of a country seem to be coping with poverty and lack, it will still be a very depressing sight for people from nations with better amenities to observe.
In such circumstances, the long anticipated vacation actually turns out to be the exact opposite of what the tourist wanted. It makes matters worse if the tourist expects him or herself to maintain the happiness that is associated with taking trips to exotic locations. When you allow yourself to feel whatever emotions come up when you come across social injustices of any type, you make it easier on yourself to be able to ‘go with the flow’, or be open to new experiences.
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