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?

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Things To Do in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is a big city with a booming night life and beautiful scenery.


I recently took a long weekend trip to Vancouver. Here are some things I did and some ideas and suggestions for those visiting the city for the first time.


You can't come to Metropolitan Vancouver and not go out for drinks at least one night. There are so many restaurants and cocktail lounges around the city, it would be a shame to neglect to try some Canadian alcohol. The first night I was in town, I went to Juniper Restaurant and Bar in Chinatown.

They had a wide selection of different mixed drinks, and I was impressed with the flavors of all the different cocktails I tried. Most restaurants around the city sell alcohol, so do some research and try the different alcohol selections in the different parts of the city.

The drinking age in Canada is 19, so it was strange for me to go out and order cocktails for myself. Some places ask for two forms of Government issued ID, so be prepared by bringing your Drivers License and passport.


The Roxy

During my time in the city, I never went to any clubs. My hotel was on the same block as several of the popular ones, and they seemed like a pretty big deal. I am used to the clubs in my college town, so I was not prepared to walk myself into a real uppity downtown club.

Some of them have dress codes and other rules so be sure to do some research before planning your whole night around being there. One down the block from my downtown hotel was called The Roxy Cabaret. I heard if you are wanting just one club to give you the full Vancouver experience, that was the one to try.


Granville Island Public Market Entrance

The most popular market in Vancouver is the Granville Island Public Market, very obviously located on Granville Island. The market has art galleries, the market itself which includes anything from artwork to fruits and meats, little shops, and restaurants.

There is a lot of entertainment there. Sometimes they host music festivals and other events during the summer, so expect to spend several hours there if you are wanting to get the full market experience.

During the summer, North Vancouver hosts The Shipyards Night Market. If you are wanting a taste of North Vancouver, including food, drinks, and culture, this is the summer event to go to. I ate some tasty Greek dessert and drank a sparkling vodka while listening to a live band. It was a great way to enjoy the beautiful evenings on the shore.

Whale Watching

Killer Whales

Vancouver is known for its beautiful landscapes and its salmon fishing. While I was there, we went whale watching in Steveston, British Columbia located right outside of Vancouver. During our 4 hour trip, we saw bald eagles, sea lions, killer whales, all with the backdrop of the beautiful North Shore Mountains.

Make sure to bring warm clothes and food. It was a really beautiful trip but the breeze from the fast-moving boat was a little chilly. It was also a long trip, so it was nice to have something to snack on to make sure I wouldn't get sea sick.


Vegetarian Poutine

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Vancouver is a cultural center. There are so many different people there from all over the world. The majority of the people I met there had accents because they were not originally from Canada.

That means the city is filled with every type of food you can think of. You can get anything from Thai to Italian to barbeque and everything in between. Look up different culture areas of the city and try new food in each one.

I also suggest trying Canadian food. Poutine especially. Poutine is simply french fries with brown gravy and cheese curds on it. There are even restaurants that just serve poutine, but spice it up with different toppings and such. The one I would always walk by was Mean Poutine that was located downtown. There was always a line out the door so it must be good!

Finally, Just Ask a Local

Vancouver residents obviously know the best things to do in the city. All the people I interacted with were extremely nice and helpful. I even had a waitress write down a whole list of places to go get the best cocktails around the city.

Do not be shy while you are there. Talk to your waitress or the person helping you at the store. Ask them about the city and see where they think you should go. You never know a hidden treasure you may find or an adventure you may experience because of their advice!

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