Wanderlust:  a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

I have always loved the word wanderlust… describes so perfectly how one feels when they are going through it. The craving for  travel, the desire to see foreign places, the joy of wandering  and discovering something new. Every once in a while, I get this extreme case of wanderlust. If you have never experienced wanderlust before, I both envy and pity you, equally.   Travel changes you, opens your eyes, makes you see the world in different ways. It breaks your borders wide open, makes you vulnerable, awestruck, inspired, exhausted.  It scares you and exhilarates you, nourishes you and feeds your soul.  But it also always makes you want to see more, do more…  It is a drug and I’m addicted to it. I usually get a good case of it after the excitement of the last adventure has worn off and the travel blues have set in.  When all I want to do is pack it all in and take off to some unknown land where there is no watch, no schedule, no computer telling you there is something else to be done or calendar telling you where you have to be.    I get this desire, deep down inside my core, that creeps its way up until my skin itches with anticipation.  It makes me feel anxious, trapped, unfulfilled, like I might explode if I don’t find something new to absorb. It sometimes makes me feel like I always want to be somewhere else, capturing and storing experiences like breaths.  Inhaling and exhaling them like oxygen, breathing life into my life.  Most of the time when I get like this,  I try to ignore it because the reality is that you can’t be a travel bum your whole life and that a paycheque requires that you actually work.  But, and its a big but,  every now and then, I can’t control it.  It bubbles up and over and spills out in every direction.  I live and breath and sleep travel.  It becomes like a mantra, inhale travel, exhale travel, and instead of trying to think of other things and focus on the here and now,  I whip out my travel books,  search for travel blogs and pull out my trusty worn Departures dvds and make the feeling worse by wanting something that just isn’t happening right now.   It is as if my brain says, well if you are going to feel like this, lets feel it ALLLLLLL the way.  By the way,  I don’t recommend my methods of self medication, and doing this to yourself is probably the absolute worse thing you can do, but I can’t seem to stop myself.

I used to get really mad at myself and berate myself for feeling this way, but recently  I’ve decided to give myself a break .  Trying to tell yourself not to think about something actually just makes you think about it twice as much.  So for the moment,  I’m embracing it,  riding out the wave and dreaming up my next adventure.  Africa, South America, Europe, United Kingdom, USA road trip… I’m dreaming away over here and despite the sickening desire to pack up my bags and just go… I figure,  if I can’t live it right now, I can still dream it.

ps.  I am so fortunate for my past travels and any future ones that come my way.   I am so grateful for my life here and all that comes with it, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say sometimes I wish I could spend it all out there in the world.

 I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite travel quotes

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.”  Ivy Baker Priest

And for those of you who like to read or  watch stuff about travelling check out  Wanderlust: A love affair with five continents, The Lost Girls, A Year in the World,  Departures (seasons 1, 2 and 3) and for some photo inspiration my travel pinterest board.

Happy Travelling!! ( and dreaming about travelling)

globeI found this image on pinterest, and when I clicked through the link, it took me to a page it said it couldn’t find.  So whoever took this, I love this image! and sorry I couldn’t source it here.

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