Student Travel Series #1: Dealing with homesickness…and how to overcome them


I have been SO INCREDIBLY caught up with everything that’s going on in my life that I have less time than I would like to devote to this blog. On top of regular school and projects, working in the gym and conducting personal training sessions (my fitness journey here!), I freelance for several local onlines and also manage the Singapore section of global travel website The Culture Trip – hiring and managing writers, curating and editing content. Not forgetting, I also have to train for my half marathon coming up in a month’s time (yikes!). You’re going to tell me that I have to prioritise, but what do I do when I enjoy everything about what I’m doing? :/

That also includes managing this blog. I’ve been working excitedly behind the scenes and there are several fun projects coming up! This includes giveaways from local and global talents on my Instagram (have you participated in my latest giveaway?), so keep your eyes peeled for it! :evilgrin:


The other thing that I recently decided to work on is this interview series, titled Student Travel Series. This collection seeks to showcase stories of students who have studied abroad or are currently studying abroad, as well as youths who have travelled whilst studying. The aim of this series is to inspire more youths and students to take the leap and discover a world outside of your own!


So today, I speak with Lisa from, and she shares her story below:

1. What’s your name, age, occupation and country you are from?

My name is Lisa, I’m 25 years old. I’m currently studying for a Masters degree while traveling the world, and I am from Norway!

2. Why did you decide to study overseas?

I always wanted to live in an English-speaking country, as I was obsessed with the language growing up! I eventually fell in love with London, and decided that I wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t get to live there at one point in my life.

3. In which country did you study and how long?

When I was 17 I moved to Wales, UK for an exchange year during High School/Sixth Form. After my year there, and after finishing high school back in Norway I was so set on moving to London that I decided to get my entire Bachelor’s Degree from the British capital!

4. Share a favourite photo taken while you were studying abroad!

Tenby, Wales, UK
Tenby, Wales, UK

This photo is of the beautiful Tenby – the city in Wales where I got to go to school for a year! It had such vibrant colours, and the beach made it perfect!

5. Describe an unforgettable/ scary experience you encountered.

The scariest thing I ever experienced happened while living in London. I was assaulted and robbed, and have never been more scared in my life. Growing up in a tiny village in Norway did in no way prepare me for that. Thankfully, it could’ve gotten a lot worse, and I was lucky to have good friends around me in order to get over it in the months that followed.

6. What was the best thing that happened to you on this trip?

The best thing that happened to me, during both my time in Wales and London must be all the friends I made! I am still so close with many of them, and couldn’t imagine my life without them! 🙂 In London I made friends from all over the world, and meeting my best friend allowed me to visit her and her amazing family in Australia – a country that had been on my bucket list forever! I’ve now been several times, and fall in love with the country more every time!

7. How did you overcome a challenge that you faced while you were overseas?

We all get homesick from time to time, and I often found myself missing home. What always helped was speaking to friends about it and being honest. I would tell my friends that I was feeling homesick, and ask if we could do something that day. We’d always end up having a great time exploring the city and it would get my mind of my homesickness pretty quickly!

8. What’s your favourite travel website, whether it be for travel planning or travel inspiration?

I absolutely love The Blonde Abroad! It’s definitely an inspiration of mine 🙂

9. If you had 2 tips you could share from your study abroad experience to students feeling apprehensive about taking this leap, what would they be?

My main tip is pretty simple: JUST DO IT! The experiences gained completely outweigh any negatives (such as the homesickness), and in today’s society your friends and family at home are only a Skype call away! You’ll get to explore and experience a completely different culture, which will bring so much value to your life!

My second tip; bring photos from home! Your new friends will want to see them, and I promise you will too when you’re feeling nostalgic 🙂

To find out more about her adventures, you can connect her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Student Travel Series seek to showcase travel stories from students, for students. The aim of this series is to inspire more youths and students to take the leap and discover a world outside of your own!

What do you feel about Lisa’s story? Let us know below!

10 Comment

  1. So excited to be featured, thanks so much! 🙂

    1. It’s lovely to have you Lisa! 😉

  2. Sara says: Reply

    I love the idea of doing a series like this! Can’t wait for the next one.

  3. Amanda says: Reply

    This is feeding my Wanderlust!! Great blog, I’m looking forward to following along!

    xx Amanda –

  4. My husband and I run a travel website for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On my lifestyle blog I also cover travel to include a recent article on Spring Break in Puerto Vallarta! My two daughters have traveled abroad as vacationing students, and I have a niece who spent a year of college studying abroad in Germany. Students traveling abroad must always be aware of their surroundings. It’s so scary to read that Lisa was assaulted and robbed while living in London. But it’s so wonderful to know that Lisa’s reaped so many positive rewards with her student adventures outside of Norway!

    1. Hi Denay, Lisa’s story frightened me too. I cannot imagine anything like that happening to anyone, that’s just so dreadful. Do your daughters/ niece have interesting stories to share? If they do, I would be happy to feature them – maybe have them teach a thing or two to prospective overseas exchange students on what to look out for. Drop me an email if you’re keen! 🙂

  5. That photo from Wales look absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Hi Shannon! Hell yeah, it’s a pity I haven’t been there while I was in the UK! Have you been there?

  6. London is beautiful! I loved reading this story. But I am so jealous of the fact that she’s from Norway; thats where I want to study abroad!

    1. My favourite icon of London is the Tower Bridge. What about you? Oh definitely, Scandinavia is a place I would love to visit one day, but it sure is an expensive area. :/

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