It's one thing going travelling for several weeks seeing different towns, cities and countries, it's a whole other thing moving to a different country to fulfil a temporary contract. I know I'm going for a short time, and I know that after a short break, I'll be coming home, but this trip will be the longest I've been away from home, and the longest I've been away from my dog- it'll be almost 2 months when I get back.
Secretly, tho' I'd never tell my mum, I'm worried about my dog. He has attachment issues, and whilst I know the person who is looking after him whilst my parents are away is the perfect person to look after him, it's the first time he's stayed with someone other than my parents in five years. We used to do it all the time, when I lived in the Canary Islands, go off for a week or so and leave him with a friend. He loved it, would go for walks and be no problem. Now he's gotten older and set in his ways, I hope he'll be okay.
The thing is, it's a long time for me, too. I'm nervous that I haven't packed the right stuff, or that I won't like my job (tho' another part of me thinks that's impossible), or that my room mate's and I won't get along. What if I get homesick, and what can I do to get rid of the homesickness? I've had a lot of time to think about it and there are even a couple of items in my holdall to combat homesickness, so here's a short list of ideas to combat homesickness:
They've started calling it "lounge wear" haven't they? Those onesies, and comfy soft thick tops, and thick fleecy leggings that you'd never wear outside. As part of my Christmas present, my Mum bought me two new sets of pyjama's, both warm sets, one is those thermal long sleeved, long legged sets (covered in reindeers and snowflakes). The other has similar trousers, and a thin grey top, but it's got this huge thick pink/ purple soft fluffy jumper that goes with it. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for this trip (even if it does take up the majority of space in my holdall).
2. Comfy clothes
Here I am at home wearing cotton Aladdin pants, and a thick jumper. I can't sit in denim jeans my whole life, and neither can I wear work trousers whilst I'm not working. I don't plan on doing that whilst I'm in Lapland either, so I have bought the ugliest pair of leggings ever, they're brightly coloured and fairisle patterned and I loved them already! Definitely great for days off!
Now, honestly, I can't carry books with me. I don't have the space and if I'm away for 2 months carrying books around just isn't practical. So a couple of days ago I had a look on my tablet to see if I could download books, and it turns out I can. I'm using Play Books, as my tablet runs on Android, and downloaded several books. I got a free copy of Les Miserables, and bought Paper Towns- John Green, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman, as well as two Lonely Planet Guides.
4. TV Programmes
Now, I would never condone stealing. However, I don't see why I should miss programme's I enjoy watching simply because I am out of the country. Since I'm going to be back after a couple of months I may, or may not, have found a way to watch my favourite programme's. I would point you in the direction of this article should you find yourself in the same dilemma.
I taught my mum about phone calls through facebook a couple of days ago, so hopefully I'll be able to teach her about Skype before I go, too. It means I'll be able to see and talk to my family, and friends, whilst I'm abroad and realise that actually they're not too far away, and I'll be home soon enough back to the miserable English winter.
What measures would you take to combat homesickness whilst travelling?