What Wanderlust Really Means

What Wanderlust Really Means

"The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page"- St. Augustine

If you look up wanderlust in the dictionary, you’ll find the following definition: “a strong innate desire to rove or travel about."

Wanderlust became a popular term among the Tumblr hipsters in the past few years, but not many people actually understand the gravity of the word. When we think of the word lust, we think of a wanting someone so strongly and so passionately that we go temporarily insane. Now I know it’s not the exact same feeling, but to associate it with traveling seems a bit intense. Traveling is just something you do for fun, right? You go on a family vacation, usually somewhere warm with beaches or to a ski resort.

In reality, though, traveling is so much more than that. It’s about seeing the world and learning how other people view things. Culture is such an amazing thing in the way that it can be so similar and so different at the same time. So why not experience it all first hand?

Although I’m sure most people skipped through them, the Snapchat stories of cities all over the world was an incredible use of social media to show how interesting different cultures can be. Personally, watching those made me add a lot of places to my bucket list. Seeing the world has always been something I’ve wanted to do. My family has always been big into traveling; my grandparents go on at least two trips a year (they’re currently on a month-long adventure in Italy), my aunt has made it a point to go on a trip once a month, whether it be domestic or international, and my uncle has been around the world for his work and his endless love for historic cities. I’ve recently started going on more “big” trips in the past few years and now that I’ve gotten a taste, I don’t want to stop

In December of 2013, I went to Europe for the first time--Paris to be specific. Being there was the most amazing experience at the time. I didn’t speak a word of French and had never thought much about Paris before this trip, but it actually changed me. Super corny I know, but hear me out. Sometime during my freshman year of high school, I developed a strange obsession with England. I went as far as making my entire room London-themed (I don’t regret it) and listening to strictly British music, but it was all a far away fantasy to me. So to be going to Paris, which was a whole 30-minute flight away from London, made it a little more real. After that week ended my appreciation for traveling grew exponentially. I no longer just wanted to go on vacations occasionally, I wanted to experience everything this world had to offer me. I wanted to see how people around the world spent their days and nights, learn the history of cities I can’t even pronounce the name of, try food that I can’t get in my lowly Long Island suburb and that’s what wanderlust means to me.

Life isn’t meant to be lived in just one place. If it were, there wouldn’t be planes, cars, boats, or transportation of any sort. Life is about experiences and seeing things from another perspective. For me, wanderlust is about not being able to sit back and let the world pass you by without seeing everything. It's about needing to know what's out there and not feeling content until you've seen it for yourself. There's a great big world out there just waiting for you to experience it. What are you waiting for?

Cover Image Credit: Gab Sisino

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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