Wondering about wanderlust

Wanderlust: a very strong or irresistable impulse to travel.

A very popular hashtag amongst travelers thesedays. Wanderlust. The urge to travel. But what does it really mean? Where does it come from?

I told my husband yesterday that I’ve been feeling restless. It’s this strange feeling deep in my gut. I need to travel, explore new places. I live in a cute little city in Belgium called Hasselt. Love it! Got a challenging job being a mental health nurse. Great! I have a gorgeous husband whom I love very much. Awesome! Then why isn’t just being here now enough for me? Is there something wrong with me? Do I need to go to a therapist???

I’ve explored quite a lot over the past 10 years. A one year working holiday in Australia. Traveled to Thailand, the US, Fiji. Citytripping to Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome, Kopenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Madrid, Milan, Budapest, … whenever I’ve got a few days off. And whenever I’m away (whether it’s on a citytrip or a longer journey) it gives me this energy, it makes me feel alive, it’s like I need it to survive, like breathing.

So after I told my husband about this restlessness we booked a trip to Sardinia. It has calmed my unrest a little, having a journey to look forward to. But something deep inside tells me I’m not made for going on the occasional citytrip/vacation whenever you get leave of work.

Sometimes I think it’s the way I was raised or even a genetic thing. My two sisters are also infected by the wanderlust-travelbug. Is it my parent’s fault? Then again a lot of my cousins have traveled and live abroad. So is it genetic?

In the hopes of controlling my current episode of wanderlust I decided to write a blog about it. I’ll let you know how that goes…


11 thoughts on “Wondering about wanderlust

  1. Feeling exactly the same and understand completely what you mean!! Travelling makes me feel alive too and it’s essential like breathing!
    Keep on wandering around and blogging! 😉 big hug !!

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