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December 13, 2013

Discuss: How Do You Cope With Being Away Over the Holidays?

If you’re like me, the joys of traveling can easily overcome any homesickness that you might have otherwise felt. Whether you’re traveling for a week, a year, or a lifetime, it’s easy to get swept up in a foreign country and forget all about life back home.

However, there’s something about the holidays that can make even the most hardened traveler a bit lonesome. So, for this week’s discussion question, I want to know: how do you cope with being away over the holidays?

Earlier this week, I wrote a post with my top tips for traveling over the holidays. When I was traveling on Christmas day, I always made a point to call my family on Skype and even open a few presents with them. While it may not have been as nice as sitting in front of the tree with them, it was a decent substitute.

I also always made a point to try and get a special meal. It may not have been turkey and all the trimmings, but I tried to treat myself by going to a nicer restaurant for a delicious dinner.

But what about you? What have you found that helps keep the holiday blues away? Or, if this is your first holiday season away from home, what are your plans?

Take a minute, and let us know in the comments section below.


  1. I try and cook some of my favourite foods I’d usually eat with my family back home (shortbread & pavlova)…it’s called comfort eating for a reason! Also, before I left on my trip, my mum gave me a little Christmas ornament that I have carried with me since January…now when I look at it, I smile and am not so homesick 🙂

  2. Like you, I usually try to skype and find a decent meal. Failed miserably this year though – ended up in The Sri Lankan mountains in unusual monsoon flooding. Trying to get a last minute train back to Colombo. No Christmas for me this year!

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