I Hate the Word ‘Wanderlust’

With the influx of Thought Catalogue, BuzzFeed, and Instagram, this word has begun to permeate society:


What do you think of when you read this word?  I think of several things, one of which being a sequel to the film ‘Stardust’ (which I’ll admit is pretty good).  But, loose word association brings to mind gnomes and other creatures of magical origins.

But our ‘click bait’ culture has latched onto this term to describe someone who constantly wants to be traveling.  Naturally, many food, fashion, and cross fit bloggers who use this term often would describe me as ‘one who has wanderlust.’

I hate the word.  It seems so fanciful, so out of reach.  Today, I was wondering ‘who in the hell invented this word?”  So I did some intense research, and came up with this:

The term originates from the German words wandern (to hike) and Lust (desire). The term wandern, frequently misused as a false friend, does in fact not mean “to wander”, but “to hike.” Placing the two words together, translated: “enjoyment of hiking”

So, technically, anyone who has ‘wanderlust’ is really just an avid German hiker.  Also, according to Wikipedia:

Wanderlust may be driven by the desire to escape and leave behind depressive feelings of guilt, and has been linked to bipolar disorder in the periodicity of the attacks.

So, there’s that.  I think its the end syllable that bugs me the most- lust.  I think of lust as something that can’t be acquired (women?), something that you long for.  People that want to travel, but can’t because of some reason.  Why not?  Why can’t you take that dream trip?

Job. Family. Life.  Keep using these excuses, and you’ll forever be stuck dreaming of Greece or China or Africa every time your coworker Karen posts a link to your Facebook Wall (probably titled “80 Reasons Why Miami Girls Who Travel Aren’t That Bad” because we’re running out of ‘articles’ for social media to categorize and .gif).

There are always excuses.  But you can take a week off of your full time job (it’s a law, even in the United States believe it or not).  Use some of this site’s tips on award travel to help offset the cost.

Basically, start traveling.  And stop lusting.

1 Comment

  1. Jim says: Reply

    “Peruse the list for yourself. What destinations capture your wanderlust? Where do you want to travel in 2014?”

    you wrote that

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