Some people have it and some people don’t. I am definitely one of those people who do. Someone once told me I had hot feet for travelling and that is the best way I can describe it too. I am inspired to write this post by a good friend of mine who recently moved away. She went through a major life event that changed her life and she decided to move from here (Bahrain) to an organic farm in South America which seems almost like a communal village. She is working and living and just being there. Her husband is still here and she is healing with her young daughter there for an indefinite amount of time. She is one of the coolest people I’ve met, she has adventures abound and has lived and travelled all over the world. When we get together I think we both enjoy reliving our past adventures and talking about what will hopefully be our next ones. Both of us definitely have the wanderlust gene. As do many expats that I’ve met. It takes a special type of person to move to different countries and live and experience different cultures. But someone with the wanderlust gene craves their next adventure and can’t be still for too long.
Travelling is like the biggest high for me, the biggest adrenaline rush, I get excited just thinking of and planning future travels. When I haven’t been travelling for awhile I feel suffocated, tied down and unhappy. I think a lot of people with the wanderlust gene do. There’s a part of me sometimes who wishes, especially on those really difficult really hard and complicated days out here, I was”normal” living the typical middle class lifestyle in Canada, working our jobs, having a home, doing the weekend trips of camping, hiking, skiing etc and the yearly trips to mexico, or the US etc. And then I think it’s totally not me, or us (Chris and maybe even the girls) for that matter, we would die of boredom. We are definitely the type of people that need more. I honestly thought I would calm down once I got married and had children but now it’s taken a new twist and instead of exploring the world myself or with Chris I want to show my kids the world and adventure with them. I have so many ideas at times it is overwhelming. For this summer alone I’ve mapped out four different trips. I’m not sure which ones we will take or what we will end up doing but I love how the world feels like it is at our fingertips and each trip I have planned makes me feel so excited and so alive. Even when Chris and I talk about retiring it is with an element of adventuring and travelling. We can’t really decide on a place to lay roots nor do we really want to, we talk about buying a yacht and traveling the world. Or maybe buying a few places in the world and using it as a jumping board for travelling the region like Thailand for instance and Canada and spending a few months in each place. I think wandering and travelling has become a part of who we are, activated for me definitely when I went on my first solo (without family) trip to Greece with some fellow Uni students. I realized how huge the world is and how much of it there is to explore and learn about. How many amazing people there are to meet and help and how much there is to learn. Maybe one day I will settle down but for now I will enjoy wandering the world with Chris and my girls