Have you heard the term wanderlust before? It is one of my favorite words. Wanderlust, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is a “strong longing for or impulse toward wandering.” And remember what Tolkien said: “Not all who wander are lost.”

There are countless reasons why I travel and why I think travel is essential for every human being. However, instead of expounding upon them, I will share with the Reader these quotations from those who can explain travel far more eloquently and/or humorously than I.

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” — Aldous Huxley

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” — Mark Twain

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” — Jack Kerouac

“The traveler sees what he sees.  The tourist sees what he has come to see.” — G.K. Chesterton

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” — Clifton Fadiman

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” — Maya Angelou

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” — Susan Heller

“The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.” —
Russell Baker

“We are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” — Carson McCullers

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” — Lin Yutang


3 thoughts on “Wanderlust

  1. Haha Kate how funny is that!!;-)
    I just saw the word “Wanderlust” and couldn’t believe that it exists in english;-)!!
    It’s a German word and consists of the verb “wandern” which means “hiking/ walking long tours” and “Lust” is the german word for “lust/ desire”. As in German we always put words together (for example “Kindergarten”) there also exists “Wanderlust”. So “Wanderlust” in German means that you are in the mood to hike or as you described it you also could understand it as the mood to move around. Really funny… ;-)
    Abrazoooos desde BsAs a mi querida Colombia!!!

    • Hi Jan! Yup, haha, it’s a word in English, too, but it’s more about lust of travel and wandering, not just hiking. Thanks for reading, hope you’re doing well! Abrazos a ti desde Colombia!

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