Feeling homesick during long term travels is normal. Especially when it is holidays, it can be truly hard to be away from your loved once. This holiday I got really homesick.
I have to admit that during my years of traveling and living abroad, I have not gotten homesick too often. However, during holiday seasons, the feeling of missing home is usually hitting me strongly.
This Christmas, my husband had to work. I know, this is Bolivia and not Norway (where people usually have the day off at work for spend it with their family), so there was nothing else to do than accept that. However, in Norway we usually start to celebrate Christmas at 17.00 the 24th of December. While in Bolivia, they celebrate at midnight. In addition, in Bolivia they do not take Christmas as serious as we do in Norway. So, at 17.00 my husband was still at work. That was when the feeling of really missing home came. Because I started thinking: “At this time everyone at home are with their family eating, drinking and enjoying”. While I was at that time all alone in the apartment, waiting for my husband to come home. Most of my Norwegian friends on Facebook was posting pictures from parties, of their family, of the delicious food, or while opening their gifts.
A skype talk with the ones at home will help, I was thinking. In one way it did. In another way it did not. Because when you see everyone gathered, you wish even more that you would be there with them to share.
On New Year’s, the 31st of December, it was my birthday. Though it was a really nice birthday, as well the feeling of homesickness came. In addition to this, my sister got her first little daughter just a few weeks ago, and I am dying to meet my little niece. So, I have been missing home a lot lately.
Do not get me wrong, I love Bolivia and my Bolivian family. But at the end of the day, home is home, and living abroad during the holidays may truly make you appreciate your loved ones and your home country. In my experience the more time I spend celebrating the holidays abroad and away from my family, the more I realize how much everyone back home mean to me. Feeling like this, I will try to take as a lesson in appreciation and gratitude for having such a wonderful family at home.
Do you ever get homesick during your travels? What do you usually miss the most about home? And what do you do to deal with it?