I’m always dreaming about travel – reading numerous blog posts and magazines in search of bites of information and inspiration. All it takes is a pretty photograph of some far flung paradise and my heart begins to ache for adventure.
So, just like when I began this blog a few years ago and was working towards making long-term travel happen, which culminated in me travelling solo around Canada for five months in 2012, I’ve decided to start planning the next epic adventure. And believe me when I say it will be EPIC!
It’s way too early to disclose any more details at this point but, all being well, I’ll be back ‘on the road’ (or rather the tracks) by next September. And my boyfriend Andy – a regular feature on this blog now – will be coming with me. My mind has been ticking away ever since going freelance in January and having the option to be location independent is way too tempting.
Fernweh: An ache for distant places; the craving for travel
I’ve seen the word ‘fernweh’ all over my Facebook feed lately and it’s definitely my favourite definition. It’s not surprising that this word is German as the Germans certainly love to travel!
Fernweh (pronounced fern-vay) defines a feeling I have most of the time. The wanderlust never really goes away. It might settle down for a bit while I’m nurtured by home comforts, but it’s not long before I get itchy feet and crave a new adventure. It’s not about wanting to escape or not appreciating what I’ve got, it’s about wanting to live life to the full. It’s about having options and being able to embrace opportunity.
After being in the same surroundings for a while, everything starts to stagnate. There’s too much predictability, too many expectations in place. Nothing is new. Sure, there are many ways to make life interesting at home. But, for me, it’s not enough. I want to have the freedom to travel more often and for longer.
I’m not interested in putting down roots, such as getting a home and a massive mortgage. I want to get out and see the world. Visiting somewhere for a week or two doesn’t cut it. I want to get under the skin of a place. I want to live and breath travel.
So there you go, I’m embracing my fernweh and making things happen. Watch this space