Pandemic Consequences: Homesickness

by Shelli

It’s impossible to fathom the many mind boggling consequences of the pandemic. One consequence that caught my attention both personally, because I love to travel and visit family and friends around the world, and professionally because I write about travel, is homesickness. Whether it’s international travel restrictions or even restrictions within one’s own country, homesickness is a very real pandemic consequence for people all over the world.

When Will We Be Able to Fly Again Like In B.T.?

Ask people when they think we’ll be able to fly again like they did in what’s called Before Times, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Even “experts” don’t really know and don’t often agree. Family reunions have been canceled, weddings canceled, and gatherings of all sorts, whether they be large or small ones have all been put on hold.

But as we know from waiting on hold, the not-knowing-when takes its toll on us. Nostalgia often leads to sadness and as we await answers we feel fatigued and homesick.

A friend and her husband and new born son live in Europe. Family from the states can’t visit. Neither her sisters nor her parents can see their sweet little new family member.

There are likely thousands of situations such as this one, I’m sure. Family situations for people who live across borders and in this case across oceans is rough going right now. And for how long we don’t know.

Here’s an interesting article that goes more in-depth into homesickness as it’s happening for us now as the pandemic continues to create travel limitations around the world.

Final Thoughts

Though all over the world people are having parallel experiences of the pandemic, depending on your circumstances, feeling homesick may not be a a prominent experience. For many, unfortunately, it is. Any homesickness feelings for you, family members, or friends? Share some thoughts in the comments below.

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PM1 September 16, 2020 - 9:36 pm

Thanks for covering this topic that is not talked about much. I was separated from my wife and now 22 month daughter on the other side of the world for 6 months. But we are reunited again after flights restarted. 🙂

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Shelli September 16, 2020 - 9:39 pm

Your reunion brings a smile to my face, PM1. I’m happy for you and your family.

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747always September 23, 2020 - 5:45 am

I believe the good thing about this lockdown is that we, or at least I have learnt to be resilient within myself. It wasnt easy at times, especially when my idiot 18 year old cocker spaniel started behaving like hes about to die. (Thankfully hes pottering around as well as an old, blind, dog can again :))
I also happened to meet a girl who lives in Australia in the beginning of March. She flew out in end March. We dont know when we will see each other again. However, we are still in touch over whatsapp and we will see what happens whenever it happens.

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Shelli September 23, 2020 - 8:05 am

Excellent comment, 747always. Resilience, whenever in life it is learned, is so very valuable to yourself and others. And glad your dog is hanging in there! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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