Five Tips for Dealing with Homesickness in Portugal

Homesickness is often a part of expat life, although it tends to dissipate over time once your new country becomes “home.”

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Homesickness is often a part of expat life, although it tends to dissipate over time once your new country becomes “home.”

Here are five tips from a long-term expat to help you deal with homesickness.

 

  1. Use the social networks

    Whether you love or hate the likes of Facebook and the privacy compromises you make by using social networking websites, there’s little debating that they’re a real lifeline when you’re thousands of miles away from home.

    Even if you keep it to your closest friends and family, consider actively maintaining an account to keep in touch with people back home. Then, you’ll never feel like they’re that far away.

     
  2. Get the right call package

    Spend some time researching call packages for your landline and mobile phones. Choose the right ones and you’ll be able to pick up the phone to your “home” country without worrying about the cost.

    They’re not always easy to find, but mobile packages that allow unlimited calls across the EU are out there for around €50 per month – a small price to pay to keep in touch whenever you like.

     
  3. Make local friends

    Having local friends won’t stop you missing your nearest and dearest, but if you’ve decided to live in a new country you need to build up a whole new network – so don’t delay in meeting local people.

     
  4. Fly home – or fly people to you!

    If it comes to it, you can always grab a weekend “back where you came from.” At the time of writing, flight costs are coming down, so it needn’t cost much with a little planning. Being back “home” will definitely shake off the homesickness, and hopefully remind you why you wanted to move in the first place.

    Alternatively, consider funding a trip out to see you for someone who might not otherwise be able to arrange it—they get a holiday, and you get some company!

     
  5. Remember it can strike at any time…

    However long you’ve been abroad, homesickness can come and bite you when you least expect it.

    It might be triggered by missing out on a party where you used to live and seeing all the photos online, or by having to deal with some frustrating bureaucracy without the benefit of your native language. It will pass in time!

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