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
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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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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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More People Need To Know About The Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Ranging from pretty beaches to deadly crocodiles, this large collection of islands isn't very popular among the tourists.

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in the Bay of Bengal are by far the most beautiful holiday locations I have been to. Ranging from pretty beaches to deadly crocodiles, this large collection of islands isn't very popular among the tourists, which is why I am writing this article. Here are 5 reasons why the Andaman islands should be more popular.

1. The Baratang Islands

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The Baratang Islands, located between South and Middle Andaman, are home to the indigenous Jarawa tribe, the beautiful Mangrove creeks, the strange limestone caves, and the beautiful Parrot Island. All of these, and many more, amazing wonders of nature can be found on this set of islands.

2. Diving

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Andaman is the hub of various activities like deep-sea diving, snorkeling, sea walks, and jet skiing. And, it's totally worth it! The beautiful corals, the amazing fish, and the huge range of colors are a sight to be seen. Diving deep into the calm and serene ocean, where you can hear nothing but your own heartbeat, surrounded by magnificent creatures of nature, is the best feeling in the world.

3. Kala Pani

Andaman also has massive historical importance. The Cellular Jail, also called Kala Pani, is a prison that was built by the British when they colonized India. Being located on an isolated island, it was the perfect place to exile political prisoners. There was no escape. A tour of the prison, as well as the light and sound show, was very fascinating!

4. Corals

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The Coral Reef in Andaman is one of the oldest ecosystems in India. It has over 560 different species of corals, covering a range of different colors and shapes. A simple glass boat ride to North Bay or Jolly Buoy can show you some amazing things.

5. The food

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I'll let you decide this one for yourself.





Other than these amazing things, Andaman is also home to Havelock Island, Ross and Smith, Chidiya Tapu, North Bay, Mount Harriet, and Hut Bay.

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