How To Deal With Wanderlust
Wanderlust is for our generation what punks were for the 80’s and hippies for the 70’s.
Let’s face the reality, more and more people are travelling or want to. It seems we always want to see more and we end up doing everything halfway, too fast, without taking our time and without enjoying the simplest pleasures a trip can offer.
When I started to write about this subject, I didn’t consider the big picture. Of course, traveling is dependent on money, but it doesn’t have to be. I had recently travelled with a really tight budget and (re)discovered that travelling is before anything else about experiences, shared stories and cultures; it’s an exchange process.
During my travels I met a lot of different kinds of people, and found it really interesting to see how each of them were dealing with their own wanderlust. They were all travelling in their own way, teaching me that the word “travel” has a lot of different meanings.
For example, I met this Australian guy who travelled to more than 120 countries. He is a chemistry teacher and professional pianist. When he was younger, he travelled by car from Australia to London, stopping on the way to play piano and make money; this took him a year. Then he started his own hostel, and meanwhile working as a teacher 7 months of the year and travelling the rest of the time. His experience showed me that you can travel while working or work to travel.
I’ve met another guy from Brazil who is a Couchsurfing Ambassador of his city. He’s never left Brazil but as he hosts so many people, he basically has a couch available for him all over the world. He wasn’t raised in the travel spirit but as he always worked since he was young, he was able to buy a bike to see first his neighborhood, then his city and eventually his country. In doing so, he heard about Couchsurfing, entered in the community and reorganized his entire way of life, changing his apartment and his roommates to be able to be the best host he could. Now he’s decided to quit his job at the end of the year to travel through South America for an undetermined period of time and will try to find jobs on the way. This guy showed me that travel is not always about you going to meet the world but also letting the world come to you.
Finally, the last example I have of how to deal with wanderlust was taught by a Russian girl. She is studying Math and currently doing a PhD. She decided to study in as many countries as she could, taking all the opportunities to study abroad for long or short periods and attending conferences all over the world as much as she could. Her second goal was to learn all the languages of the countries she had lived in.
As you can see, there are many ways to deal with wanderlust. If you are short on money, you can always try to travel the cheapest way you can or you can try to find a job while travelling. If you can’t manage to take some time to travel, you can always go somewhere nearby for the weekend or take the time to visit the city you live in. You can also work and organize your life and money to be able to travel longer.
The best way to deal with your wanderlust is to find your own way; there are only three rules: be open-minded, creative and don’t be afraid. It’s never too late to change your way of life and become a traveler of the world.
By Marie Carrere