The road can be hard on anyone, as many travelers will tell you. Staying away from your family and home can be hard when it is for extended periods of time. Traveling does not necessarily have to keep you away from your family though. There are ways to keep them close to your heart and you close to home.
Some ways to lessen the hardship
Keep your family close to you when you are out on the road. Not necessarily with you, but pictures will help. Take things that remind you of your family such as small trinkets, a watch or even your spouse’s favorite cologne or perfume. Smell is one of the best memory refreshers that a person has. Send notes and letters through E-mail or keep in contact with social media. Just remember that if you are on the other side of the world, time frames are different. Make sure you talk to them on their time. Technology has made keeping close contact with friends and family much easier so take advantage of the situation.
A home away from home
If you are away for extended periods of time, consider staying at a home away from home. Corporate housing offers the luxuries of a home to help make you feel more comfortable. Businesses that require extensive traveling will usually be aware of this opportunity, but it is not to be confused with long-term hotels. A corporate house provides many luxuries that provide comfort for a weary traveler. Keeping some memorabilia with you here may prove to relieve much of your homesickness.
A great stress reliever is exercise. It has many benefits for both physical and mental areas. You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym; a morning or evening run can help to keep your mind at rest and your body fit. Try doing some sit-ups or push-ups to raise your heart rate and help keep your mind clear.
A trick sometimes used is to simply meet new people. This can help those weary travelers who spend lots of time away. It is best not to seclude yourself in your room as you are traveling. There are many opportunities to meet people throughout any community. Meet the family members of your clients for dinner perhaps. Seeing other families can help relieve that homesickness and help you bond with your business partners. Volunteering at a community center where you are temporarily residing can take your mind off of being lonely. See new faces and help folks that need it. You are not the only one traveling; there are many others that wander the road. Try meeting some through online forums, or you may even know of a fellow traveler. It may seem odd, but experiences through travels will develop understanding and allow you to share thoughts and recommendations about traveling.
While you are away from your house, you do not necessarily have to be away from home. Keep in touch with your family to keep them close to you. Meeting new people and a bit of exercise will keep your mind off homesickness and maybe even help you to meet new clients. Wherever you are just remember that home is where the heart is.