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Is wanderlust an illness?

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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

Some of us just don't like to sit home and read a book anymore. Has our wanderlust developed into a serious illness when we neglect responsibilities at home in favor of the next trip, or is it just a hobby?

Personally, whatever the decision is, I'm enjoying myself, and just don't understand these people who take these little trips!

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Personally, whatever the decision is, I'm enjoying myself, and just don't understand these people who take these little trips!

  • A house
  • A mortgage
  • A job
  • Salary to pay for it all
  • 24 cats
  • Only 15 days a year paid vacation

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Oh, and especially the last one, Isa!

Small or big, every trip is wonderful!

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

For me wanderlust definitely isn't an illness, but a passion. Going away for as little as a weekend doesn't mean I leave all responsibilities at home, instead it gives me a chance to reflect and recharge my batteries. This way I can deal with my daily life a lot easier and I never get stuck in the same old.

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Depends on the type of trip too, short weekends, one week or packing up for good...

One common thing factor in all (I bileve) is that nice shot of adrenaline we get in the 'body & mind' when and before we go away.

Before we go our imaginations take flight, spurred on my our freinds and familes - some happy, others jealous others talking about it.

During the trip we have the unknown. Uncharted terrritories, fresh adventure, new things, sights & sounds, it all feels so good. And if we are returning to the same place, then it must have been good the first time.

And when we come back, we can be hit with depression as we are back in the world of life long responsibility. But still we take solice in stories of our trip... and of course, in the back of our mind... are already planning the next...

Just my 2 cents

OC

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

small trips are better then no trip at all,even a day or only a half day spend away from home can be very relaxing and adventures.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Daawgon

Personally, whatever the decision is, I'm enjoying myself, and just don't understand these people who take these little trips!

  • A house
  • A mortgage
  • A job
  • Salary to pay for it all
  • 24 cats
  • Only 15 days a year paid vacation

24 cats???

8. Posted by aghman (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

We (somewhat) recently moved to an entirely different side of the United States, so even short little trips are just as exciting as across-the-pond, 3-week vacations. If you've lived in the same place for a long time, I'm not sure that that thrill will be the same, but making the effort is worth it, in my opinion, as it gives you a chance to break out of your everyday routine.

9. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

a weekend trip just breaks the monotony of the months you work wher elife is often the same... travel is a passion for some ppl, who just wanna see all parts of the world... to be able to contribute to any conversation that comes up is something that i find im able to do more often since ive travelled so much, and that makes life so much mor einteresting.. you meet ppl, eat new food, see new landscape... even for just a weekend, travelling rocks my socks! :D

atm im an aussie living in the netherlands, have taken and will take more, weekend trips, as well as 2 week-month long trips before i head home... and life is good :)

10. Posted by GingerFerrer (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

wanderlust - also a nice novel by danielle steel.

I agree that we have to take time out for ourselves sometimes. My hubby and I often go on short trips to escape the city life. We go on motorcycle trips with our friends about 2 times a month. Riding a motorcycle in the Philippines is a cheap way of getting around. We go nature-trippping when the weather and funds permit. However, me make it a point not to let these little trips get in the way of our responsibilities. We have a motorcycle parts and accessories shop so we pretty much control our time, compared to the average office employee. This gives us enough time and funds to go on out-pf town trips. However, long vacations are usually planned and well-budgeted and is only taken once a year. ;)