It isn’t just college students and kids at summer camp who can get homesick. It is common for adults to get homesick too! If you’re living abroad and your family is back in the Philippines, you may be ready to pack your bags, give up your life in the states, and head home.
Don’t give up just yet! It turns out, it usually isn’t the actual physical location that you miss when you get homesick—it’s your family!
Before you head home, give these four ideas for staying in touch with your family a try. You will discover that they enable you to strengthen your bonds with the family you miss, even if they don’t live down the street.
Acknowledge a Special Occasion by Sending a Present:
When you miss your family back home, you want to show them you care. The best way to do that is to send them something for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions!
Presents are appreciated, especially if you can find something unique to put in the box. For example, you can:
- Pack candy that can’t be found back home
- Add clothing or other items that are hard to find in the Philippines
- Send something that was handmade by you
Sending cash works too! Just make sure you look for a money transfer service that has low fees.
Schedule Your Skype Calls:
It’s obvious that you should talk to your family members regularly, but it’s easy for time to get away from you. Before you know it, it has been weeks since you last talked to your loved ones!
Make sure that doesn’t ever happen by scheduling your Skype calls. Not only will you get to see your family face-to-face, which is sure to reduce feelings of homesickness, but working the call into your schedule ensures you are never able to put it off.
Start a Mailing List:
Starting a blog is a good idea if you have a lot of friends and family to stay in touch with, but starting and maintaining a blog can be a lot of hard work! Make things easier on yourself and start a mailing list instead.
By having a list of people you send emails to, you can create a single email verification that gets sent to your entire family. Then, they can all reply to the group, making it feel like you’re having a family reunion every time you send them something!
Use Your Favorite App:
Apps are an easy way to stay in touch, especially since there are so many. Not to mention, many of them are free! Choose a few that you and your family will use on a regular basis and you can send pictures and messages, even when you’re on the go.
Don’t let homesickness get you down when you live abroad! With these tips, you can stay in touch with every member of your family back home in the Philippines.