Urban Dictionary defines wanderlust as “a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel.”
I admit that I experience wanderlust almost daily. I am constantly wanting to switch up my boring routine of a life and travel somewhere that brings new adventures my way. If I had to choose one word that describes me, it would be wanderlust.
But is this constant desire to travel doing more harm than good?
In a recent article from the Lala, the wanderlust phenomenon was further discussed by writer Sophie Longest. She posed the question if the idea of wanderlust was “creating more ponderers than it is wanderers.”
Rather than enjoying what we have in front of us at the moment, we are always in search of something better someplace else. Social media has allowed us to escape to different parts of the world without ever taking our eyes away from the screen. I think we lose sight of the beauty of where we are currently living because we take ourselves out of the present and wish we were elsewhere.
Although I think we should continue to dream and fantasize about traveling to far away lands, we should not let our lust for leaving our so-called boring hometowns or college campuses distract us from seeing the adventure that is right in front of us. Who says you can’t have an exciting adventure in your own backyard?
Explore the town you call home and discover its uniqueness. You don’t have to fly across the country or across the globe to experience adventure. As Longest said, “stop #wanderlusting and start #wanderloving.”
“Adventure is right in front of you.” – Sophie Longest, the Lala