a strong desire for, or impulse to, wander or travel and explore the world.
“Sometimes you just need an adventure to cleanse the bitter taste of life from your soul.”
It’s a new year and wanderlust has begun taking over.
I’m sure everybody gets that itch and wishes to get away from time to time.
I’ve heard people express how great it would be to travel, but I never knew the true benefits it had until I finally went abroad for the first time last summer. I’ve been thinking about my time in Greece; My first holiday, which I wrote about BEFORE and AFTER. I was looking through some of the photos from while I was there.
God, it feels like a lifetime away; It honestly feels like a dream;
Like I had never even been at all. Yet, I did and I’m glad it’s been a part of my life.
I remember every single one of my worries just disappearing into the clean, fresh air. I can’t explain the feeling. It seemed like all I had to do was travel;
That a ticket abroad was the fastest ticket to happiness and an escape hatch from any mental demons I have tormenting me.
“Sometimes you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.”
I want to be back in the sun and see glorious views,
but most importantly, I want to just forget things for a while;
Forget where I am, and forget the things I need to do. Just simply be.
Travelling is the answer to all my problems, right?
What I’ve come to realise is that our worries and stress don’t vanish just like that; Being away just meant I was able to clear my head, until I came back and was faced with the same challenges; Just as a stronger version of myself with happy memories. There is no ticket to happiness. Things do not, and will not, “get easier”; We just become stronger.
I would love to be able to travel the world;
But I want to travel because I CAN;
Because I want to see the glorious world and what it has to offer;
Because I feel blessed to be alive, and be able to see all kinds of wondrous views;
Not so I can run away and escape from all my problems,
because I know the problems will still be waiting for me when I come back.
We have baggage, and we carry them with us wherever we go,
until we make peace with them in our own time.
I know I have less baggage than I did a year ago.
Travelling didn’t solve any of my problems,
but it enabled me to see that there is so much more to life,
and it gave me a break to collect myself and come back stronger.
So when my demons come to pay me a visit,
I will stop, take a breather, and think of all the possibilities.
I will keep in mind that there is a whole world out there,
waiting to be explored, making my demons at the moment look small and silly.
“I’m homesick for places I haven’t yet been; My eyes crave the beauty of sights I’ve not seen; Places unpronounceable are calling my name; A fire I can’t see warms me with its flame; My feet walk the same path when I leave and come back; Where once there was nothing I’ve worn down a track; And my eyes they get tired of the same boring tune; Where street lights are so bright I can’t see the moon; I’m homesick for places away from my own; Where the people are friendly and my name is not known. You can tell me I’m crazy but I’ll never forget; I’m homesick for places I haven’t been yet.” – e.h