Friday, June 09, 2006

Explaining my wanderlust....

Have been back 2 weeks now (wow, its been only two weeks). Anyway, I have wanderlust again!!!....arghhh....I want to go somewhere...

And I am now home sick. I think this is because I know I have only a month to go before work is over and I can head home. And once I am there and relaxed i shall plan my december trip. I have to, I must. Go to Turkey and Israel i.e. (and maybe Jordan?)....I will be terribly sad if I dont....considering I have been saving like a maniac to be able to buy the ridiculously expensive ticket.

Anyway, explaining this to someone I got the following reaction - Wow, you are so rich eh?? - ummm, NO....I am living on eggs and instant noodles to save enough money. And i am serious. Then this - Why do you want to waste so much money? And then on explaining the joy of seeing new places, experiencing new things, this - What if you are content where you are? Don't you think people are travelling too indiscriminately these days??
It was like being hit on the head with a bat. How do you explain the want for becoming a vagabond and your wanderlust to someone who just doesn't get it?? I shall quote Pico Iyer because I dont think anyone does a more beautiful job of explaining why it is that we travel.

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again -- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.

Wanderlust. Its a most wonderous thing. I pity those who dont feel the same way.


Chitra said...

i agree!

K said...

Hah - the collective ego of the more boring types will climb sky-high!
Anyway, I adore travelling as well, just check out my Flickr sets and you'll get an idea.