For as long as I can recall, I have been afflicted with an ailment commonly known as “wanderlust” (defined by dictionary.com as “a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about”). This chronic condition is characterized by a variety of symptoms which include the following: Perpetual restlessness and boredom. Thoughts of “anywhere but here.” Inability to sit still in one place for too long. Incessant curiosity about different locales, food and cultures. Obsessive research on potential travels. Stifling feelings of discontent and being trapped in an office. Inexplicable longing similar to having an itch that you cannot quite scratch. Daydreaming about life in countries with a healthier work/life balance, where life before retirement consists of more than waiting for Friday and a chance to use a meager amount of vacation time. Spending inordinate sums of money on travel-related expenses. An excessively long wander-list.
I will be the first one to acknowledge this grave disorder, but for those who also suffer from this all-consuming malady, I feel your pain. For those who perhaps think I am crazy, I don’t disagree, but it’s incomprehensible to me that some people don’t desire to travel, explore, and get out of their comfort zone, even to a much lesser extent than myself.
This quote from Michael Palin sums up this disease very succinctly:
For all of my fellow travel-lusters and those who need inspiration to wander: below I share a collection of my favorite travel quotes set on photos I have snapped over the years: