I believe that humans are meant to travel at some point in their lives. We all have a natural curiosity, and we love to see and experience new things. I firmly believe that traveling (and not tourist-ing), is one of the best ways to learn about yourself and the human condition.
One of my regrets from my college years was not taking advantage more of traveling. Whether through studying/working abroad or just taking my own trips, I let school, obligations, and worries get in the way.
But I realized that you can’t wait for travel to come to you, you have to make time for it and be active about it. It’s my sincere hope that before I start working in the real world, I’ll be able to do some quality traveling.
My ideal mode of traveling would be minimal planning, maximum discovery. Of course, some planning is definitely required, but quite a few of the most delightful discoveries and insights I’ve made in life came about spontaneously. I say to give serendipity a chance – it’s a lot more fun, and you learn to adapt and be flexible.
Wanderlust means having a strong desire or impulse to travel the world. I’ve definitely gotten that urge at varying times in the past, and recently, it’s been sort of gnawing at me. I’ve definitely made up some possible trips in my mind, and of course doing that is not enough. Hopefully I’ll be able to follow through, because life is a playground, and we’re only at one end of the sandbox – there’s the entire sandbox to be explored, and beyond that, there are slides, jungle gyms, and so many other things to discover and use for fun.