Wanderlust: A strong and irresistible impulse to travel. I am the embodiment of wanderlust. I started reading Elisabeth Eaves' book, "Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents". She is me. I am her. She traveled for love and loved to travel. I understand the inevitable dissatisfaction with being "stuck", whether it is being stuck in your body or stuck in your mind or stuck in a place in time or in a physical boundary. I enjoy the rapture and freedom of travel. Like Ms. Eaves, I have spent much of my life looking for the "consummation" which Anatole Broyard describes in the following quote.
"Travel is like adultery: one is always tempted to be unfaithful to one's own country. To have imagination is inevitably to be dissatisfied with where you live.... In our wanderlust, we are lovers looking for consummation." -Anatole Broyard
Although we travel initially to "lose ourselves" and perhaps to get away from it all, we eventually transform our mission from losing ourselves into the concept of "finding ourselves". I like the following quote for that reason:
"Travel is theater: It invites us to extend our boundaries and to "play" new roles. Is that you sipping ouzo, singing fado, tasting eel, donning a caftan, riding a donkey, boarding a helicopter, ogling a kilt? "-MARTY LESHNER, Cruise Travel, Oct. 2004
I also believe that travel is a great teacher. It teaches us not only about others in the world, but about who we areas human beings. For that reason, I include the following quote:
"Travel is like a university without walls."-ANITA RODDICK, Third Way, Apr. 1996
And because my "normaL life is all about planning and scheduling, I love travel because I don't have the duties and responsibilities of everyday life. I wake up and the day is all mine!!! Read on:
"Travel is intensified living--maximum thrills per minute and one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is freedom. It's recess, and we need it."
-RICK STEVES, Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
Instead of looking at my day planner "on your mark, get set, go!", when I travel I change course throughout the day because ...no reason really, just because I want to and I can. Because you never know who you will meet or where you will go. Amen to that.
"Travel is like love, involving all its possible phases--its approaches, its games, its crystallisations, or its claps of thunder, even to the point of temporal disorientation or spatial displacement, from a change of place to the embrace of a new and totally different destination, as if in the bodily form of a woman met by chance, through whose union a masterpiece is accomplished."
-JEAN CASSOU, attributed, The Tourist as a metaphor of the social world
And so I dream and plan and journey to those wonderful days when I can think, feel and do as I please. Happy Trails. Sigh....