Monday, March 2, 2015

The Love of Travel



Wanderlust - a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Wanderer - to go by an indirect route or at no set pace; amble

Sightsee - to go about seeing places and things of interest

Roadtrip - A usually lengthy trip taken in a motor vehicle, especially for pleasure
 
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I love those words. When I hear them I feel excitement and a longing to travel.

Someone asked me once why I feel so strongly about trying to see and experience so much. After a moment of thought I answered, "almost everything can be taken from me - but what I've experienced can't."

There is an itch I have to not stay put. I have to explore. I want to see what is out there! National Parks, landmarks, cities I've only read about, sunsets, landscapes, cultures, food... the list is unending.

My sister has called this the "gypsy spirit." Apparently it is hereditary since my Grandmother had it, my parents have it, and I'm not the only sibling with it. I am, in fact, descended from Oregon pioneers and settlers in addition to my European imigrant ancestry. They didn't stay put either!

The military has provided me with the marvelous opportunity to be a tourist wherever I live since it is only for a short time. I get to see new places and discover what there is to see. Always!

I'm one of those crazy people who plans trips I may never get to go on.

And I plan trips I DO get to go on.

If the finances were available and I didn't have certain responsibilities, I'd love to live my life traveling and seeing the world.

Even now it is envigorating to load up in a car and just go. Go anywhere. I'll pack up my kids and drag them along with me if I have to! I hope that through me they will grow up loving travel and experiencing new things. A person can learn so much from doing this, not just the obvious about history and natural sciences and some anthropology... but I'm talking about patience, empathy, understanding, a desire to learn. It can make us aware of how much materialism we don't need. It can help us understand what is important to us in life.

Wanderlust. The love of travel. And I would go anywhere.

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thanks www.thefreedictionary.com, www.merriam-webster.com, and www.wikipedia.org for providing me with a variety of definitions for some of my favorite words.