I remember when I first moved to Asia. I hated it. I found myself in a dreary little apartment in Manila, where the lack of hot water was only a slight relief for the lack of air conditioning. I would go to a cafe around the corner to do work, but every once in a while (read: every five minutes) I’d find myself absentmindedly logging into Facebook.
Bad idea. My friends back home were having parties, going to concerts, and making damn sure the pictures were posted and tagged appropriately. FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out – set in, and suddenly being in another country wasn’t so flash and dazzle. The Internet is the worst thing to happen to travel since the smallpox blanket.
Everybody deals with it once in a while. That nagging feeling that something amazing is happening elsewhere. You could be riding on the back of an African elephant as it does the dance number from “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” while chugging a beer (let’s say you’re both chugging the beer), and you’d still see that latest album on Facebook and hope your friends don’t forget about you.
It’s okay. It was probably an averagely fun party but when travel becomes a priority, when home becomes just a place you store things that don’t fit in a backpack, then FOMO gets worse, and that averagely fun party begins to feel like something you should have been home for.
All this and more in my latest article for Go Overseas, How to Deal with FOMO Abroad. Follow the link and read the rest.