It’s a cool and windy day in Logroño. Walking to my street, Calle Duquesa de la Victoria, I look up and see the bright, holiday lights shining on the cobblestone. I smile because Christmas decorations have finally arrived and my two-week holiday in Prague, Budapest, Barcelona and Valencia is approaching. Through the door, up the elevator and entering my apartment I greet my roommates. I fall on my bed and look up again, now at a white ceiling. I glance around my Harry Potter sized room and realize: I really want my mom’s home-cooking for the holidays.
Holiday homesickness abroad is no joke. It can sneak up on you before, after or during a vacation. It can triggered by lights, Christmas trees, food, etc. Sometimes it’s too late to book that now-overpriced flight home. Other times you realize early enough to plan. After spending my first Thanksgiving and Christmas away from home, I’ve broken down how to cope with homesickness abroad just in time for the 2017 holiday season.