Wanderlust. The desire to travel. The impulse to go places and discover. The longing for a city that has yet to be explored by your senses. And the need to always be planning your next journey.
Yeah, you could say I have a serious case of wanderlust. And most of the time, I love every second of it. But there are times in my life when having wanderlust is a pain in the ass.
- It becomes hard to appreciate normal things. The other day I saw a sunset. It was a beautiful sunset, don’t get me wrong. But I once saw a sunset over the sea on the Greek island Santorini. So while I was watching the sunset in Indianapolis, Indiana…I couldn’t help but be disappointed.
- You find people becoming annoyed with you. I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again, people that haven’t traveled just don’t get it. It’s not a bad thing…some people just weren’t made to travel. That’s fine. But they will never understand what it feels like to be out of your comfort zone in a foreign place. They won’t understand what it feels like to suddenly BECOME a foreigner. But you understand, and you find yourself talking about it more and more and simultaneously find these people texting more and more while you talk.
- You will view things differently than people who haven’t traveled internationally. I am positive that traveling internationally absolutely changed who I was as a person—and definitely for the better. I view social issues, people, and life in general much differently. And I find that in the Midwest this isn’t always shared. And this good for you, you’ve grown as a person- but don’t expect others to understand your thought process.
- Your work productivity will decrease. Look, once you type in “wanderlust” on etsy, pinterest, or even twitter- you’re done for. There are thousands upon thousands of pictures, quotes, blogs, and stories to scour over. Before you know it, two hours are gone and all you can think about is your next trip or what it would be like to ride on an elephant in Indonesia.
- You will spend a ridiculous amount of money on anything that has a map. Phone covers, posters, sheets, notebooks, pens, towels, passport covers, shirts, etc.…you name it, I want it. Because it has a MAP and I want to make sure everyone is reminded of my wanderlust constantly. Or something like that. :)
- You will suddenly cling to anyone from the first country you visited internationally. OMG DID YOU SAY YOU WERE FROM GREECE? I TOTALLY STUDIED THERE!!! WAIT, you’re from Australia?! Let’s hang out. I was literally nowhere near your hometown but I’m basically Australian because I spent four months there, RIGHT?
- You will lose sleep. You will stay up late at night staring at your map phone cover, computer case, background, and posters on your wall thinking about all the places you want to see. Then you’ll try to narrow down a list of top five places. Then you’ll try to imagine the first feeling as you walk into the terminal of a new country. Then before you know it, it’s 4 am and you have 3 hours until work.
- Your interests will change. Soccer? Hmm pretty boring. 4 months later after visiting Europe: OMG I LOVE SOCCER. Soccer is the best sport. And rugby > football. THEY DON’T WEAR PADS.
- Seeing an airplane in the sky will never be the same. Now, every time you see an airplane, you’re going to have to force your body to not run screaming after it begging it to take you somewhere…ANYWHERE.
- And finally, you will never…ever…find a cure. “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote…and I know that I will be happily infected for the rest of my life.”