This post has been brought to you from Lindsay Hogg aka Hogga from The Traveller, the ultimate guide to balancing tequila and tourism, wrapped in amusing tales of around the world mishaps and adventure.
Although travelling the world can be one of the most life changing, awesomesauce experiences, you will always have days where you miss the comforts of home. For me, it’s often food, particularly PIZZA (sorry friends and family… food trumps all).
It may not even be home that you miss particularly, it could be having your own toilet, shower or solid Internet access. These things can begin to take a toll on you. We’re not always as strong as we’d like to believe.
Here are some tips to help you cope with being a wussy wanker.
1. Treat yourself to some god damn alone time!
Sometimes you miss home because you’re worn down. All that beer drinking, uh… I mean “hiking,” can tire you out. Get a good night’s sleep and have some quality alone time with your favorite person, YOU. Throw bricks at people if they knock on your door. (If you don’t carry a brick for angry times like this, throw a shoe. Not as effective, but it works.)
2. Make a buddy
Other travelers can relate to what you’re going through. If you’re homesick, talk to someone about it. They may be able to cheer you up or present you with some helpful advice. If all else fails, let them take you out and get your S%faced. It could be EPIC, just don’t drunk cry about your homesickness, it makes for awkward times.
3. Do something adventurous
A splash of white water rapids or vibrations rattling through your bones from mountain biking may be just what the doctor ordered. These awesome adventures help remind you of why you started traveling in the first place.
4. Call home
Hearing a familiar voice can comfort you. It can also be a helpful reminder that nothing exciting is going on at home and your friends are lazy a-holes. Keep in mind this tip can backfire, be cautious of how it will effect you emotionally (i.e. if you’re going to start crying when you hear mommy’s voice, don’t call home).
5. Get a good meal in you
On the road it can be hard to get all your meals in, never mind good ones. Sometimes we grab whatever the cheapest and quickest eats are to save money and time (this is often the case in all walks of life). Lack of nutrients can really affect your mental, physical and emotional state. Have a full and healthy meal (cook for yourself if possible). It will make you feel a lot better, and big healthy food is delicious! Num, num, num…
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Is it any wonder why Lindsay is one of my new favourite travel bloggers? Thanks for the laughs, Lindsay! I hope I get to shoot tequila with you during my little cross-country excursion. I’m currently home in Bay d’Espoir for the weekend catching up with the relations and enjoying weather above 0 degrees Celsius. I get to wear regular socks today, not wool ones! Happy Friday!