Travel leaves us with so many unforgettable experiences. That time you hitch-hiked down the spine of South America or when you bathed with baby elephants in Asia. This generation – our generation – needs these experiences more than any other generation before us. We‘re not afraid to pack up and set out, explore: some of us surf on couches, others stay in dorms, some book somebody else’s home. But when our parents may or may not love travelling, we need it.
We crave it.
This is the Wanderlust generation, and it needs more words. These are words from all around the world that describe what we are and how we feel:
#1 Wanderlust (n.):
English – A strong, innate, impulse or desire to travel the world. Essentially, a lust for wandering, something that no-one can resist.
#2. Cosmopolitan (adj.):
English – Free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments. In other words, someone who is at home all over the world.
#3 Hiraeth (n.):
Welsh – a type of home sickness that is unique to Welsh culture; an expression of intense longing andbond one feels with one’s home country when away from it.
#4 Eutheromania (n.):
Greek – An intense and irresistible desire for freedom.
#5 Fernweh (n.):
German – An ache for far-off places and being as far from where you are as you can be. The craving for travel. I.e. “farsickness”.
#6 Nefelibata (n.)
Portuguese – Literally “cloud walker”; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination, or one who does not obey or live by the conventions of society.
#7 Vacilando (v.):
Spanish – The act of wandering. The art of travelling when the journey is much more important than the destination.
#8 Yūgen (n.):
Japanese – An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words. That feeling on top of a mountain, or in the middle of the ocean that leaves immense sense of magnificence with the magnitude of the Earth.
#9 Lehitkalev (v.):
Hebrew – Literally “to dog it.” To put up with a lower standard of uncomfortable conditions of living or travel.
#10 Resfeber (n.)
Swedish – The restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and excitement are tangled together; a travel fever that can manifest as an illness. It’s that jolt in your heart when you officially purchase your plane tickets, when a mix of overwhelming emotions can leave you feeling anxious or physically ill.
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