A Serious Case Of Wanderlust

A Serious Case Of Wanderlust

A soul meant to travel.
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When asked what your future plans are, most would say the usual/generic answer: to settle down, get married, start a family and live happily ever after (cue Disney princess-themed music). But for me...not so much. Yes obviously I would like all those wonderful things, but there is one thing I want to do first, and that, my friends, is travel the world.

The literal definition of the term "wanderlust" states it as an urge to wander or travel. Be it just to take a mini-road trip within your own state or travel to a completely different country, it is just passion to see the world. There are so many different sights and cultures to experience in the huge world we live in, so why not see it all? Especially growing up in a small town, I always was interested in watching videos or shows telling about different places. The colorful faith of India, the busy streets of NYC, the posh architectures of the UK and so many more. Things so "out of the norm" from Ohio that I just cannot wait to experience it all.

But with college tuition costs and life expenses, it can be quite difficult to find the means to fund these travels.The true meaning of wanderlust can be any travel, it just is a person wanting to live. As a college student myself on a tight budget, I take any opportunity I can to fulfill the exploration within me. Be it to checking out the old abandoned Molly Start Asylum right in our town, to taking a two-hour road trip to Pittsburgh for a girls' weekend. It doesn't matter how long or how far you go, all that matters is that you fully experience it.

When I was 13, our high school marching band took a trip to NYC for a few days. It was the first time I had ever been to a big city or really "traveled," and boy was I in for a shock. It all can be a bit overwhelming at first, but within moments, I was in love. The bright lights, the hustle and bustle and just the multitude of different things compacted into one city. From that moment on, I knew I needed to do two things: one day move to NYC for my career and secondly to travel and experience as much as possible.

Wanderlust is so much more than to simply travel. Most would assume to travel is to plan an expensive vacation at a resort, when it isn't that at all. Wanderlust is the urge to explore the world and experience it to the fullest. We are young, are we not supposed to enjoy life to the fullest now and see all there is to see in the big world before it's time to settle down? Don't just exist: live.

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1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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6 Reasons Traveling Is Good For Your Mind, Body, And Soul

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Have you ever traveled to a new destination and felt your mood instantly improve? Are you like me and feel happiest when you're on vacation? This is because traveling is a way for you to renew your soul and step out of your comfort zone. It keeps you happy and allows you to experience new things.

Visiting new destinations can open your mind to experiences you didn't even know were possible. You can meet new people, fall in love, try new foods, and see remarkable sites all while traveling. There are no limits to the places you can visit, and the things you can see. Currently, I am on a mini weekend trip to Arizona, and being here has opened my eyes and made me realize how impactful traveling really is on your mind, body, and soul. Traveling should be something you do as often as possible and whenever you get the chance. Here's why:

1. Traveling makes your heart happy 

Traveling is something that most people enjoy. It keeps the heart young and childlike. Traveling brings people joy because they get to experience new things that they love with the people they love.

2. It teaches you to embrace every moment 

Traveling can be unpredictable, especially because you are experiencing new things. Although it can be challenging, we learn best from these unpredictable moments. When we travel we learn to embrace every situation that is thrown at us.

3. Traveling relieves stress and improves mental health 

Traveling reduces stress and allows you to relax. More often than not, you take off work when you go on vacation and you focus on renewing your self. You get away from all the crazy things going on in your life, and you can just relax and focus on your own happiness.

4. It broadens your horizons 

Traveling lets you branch out and experience different cultures. You can try new foods, new activities, and meet all different types of people. You learn diversity, and you learn respect for other people and their culture's. Traveling helps you learn other perspectives around the world and lets your mind think in ways it never has before.

5. It keeps you healthy 

Traveling actually plays a big part in your physical health as well. During vacations, you often walk a lot to destinations and participate in calorie burning activities like hiking and swimming. Activities like these are often why you still are able to get your workout in while on vacation.

6. Traveling reminds you what is important 

Most importantly, traveling reminds you of the important things in life. We live day by day forgetting that every moment is remarkable. Sometimes, we get stuck in the same old boring routine and take for granted the life we have been given. Traveling reminds us that memories are valuable and that our lives should be cherished.

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