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How to cope with homesickness: a beginner’s guide

 

1) Virtual tours via Whatsapp, Messenger, Viber, or Wechat

Alone in a strange new country and want to explore but no friends or family to do it with? Take them with you, virtually, by spamming them with messages, pictures, and videos.

Example:

Me: Hey bro what you up to? Come with me for a hike?

Bro: Work. Sure.

Me: I’ve just reached the summit. Check out the view from here!”

Me: *sends panoramic views* *sends video of trek to the top* *sends lengthy paragraphs describing the entire experience.*

 

2) Make friends back home jealous with all your new experiences

They may seem like they’re having all the fun, but what’s stopping you from topping that?

Example: Go for a kayak at dusk. Take shots of Wellington harbour bathed in gold. Instagram said shots. Hashtag #purenewzealand. Wait for jealous friends to come and visit you in this amazing place you now live in.

 

3) Go to events even if you don’t actually want to

You know that movie night you’ve been umm-aaahing about for two weeks — take some advice from Shia LaBeouf and JUST DO IT. You won’t regret it. Well you might, but take a chance that you will actually enjoy yourself even though you didn’t spend the evening tucked up in bed with a milo in the company of your three best friends: you, yourself, and you.

 

4) Teach other people about your culture and add a little bit of your world to NZ

Wellington is already a melting pot of cultures, but we could always use a bit more! Think how great it would feel to know you’ve left something more of yourself than just the “______ waz hea” scrawled on a table in KK303.

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