Where I’ve Gone
Last year very unexpectedly brought me to places I hadn’t even planned with. The last time I had ventured any place besides Malaysia was 2011 when I visited Thailand with a bunch of friends. I started off 2015 year in Penang, found myself travelling to the Philippines in May, then Germany and Switzerland October/November and then returned again to Penang in December.
One thing I like to do is to collect maps of the places I’m at. I love how this aids in retracing my steps from memory. They also remind me of where I’ve gone before.
Pursuing Wanderlust, Becoming Untethered
Wanderlust is not just about the places for me. It’s also about getting away, being untethered. When friends learnt I was going to travel alone in Europe for five weeks, they obviously were concerned about my safety. Beyond that, many asked if I wouldn’t feel lonely going off on my own for so long. Since I had anchors along the way (I met, visited and stayed with people except on my last leg), I wasn’t worried.
I returned home knowing that loneliness while travelling truly isn’t something I will ever worry about. I relish being away for some time. Discovering the world takes priority, whether I do it alone or with company. That for me is the epitome of Wanderlust and Fernweh — yearning to see places. It’s nestled in the depths of my soul and I won’t hesitate to seize the next opportunity that comes along. Lack of company aren’t factors that will hold me back and spontaneity is my friend.
On the Horizon, Maybe
This brings me to where I want to go next. As an avid reader, of course I want to visit places that books have taken me to. While I’m not a fan of road trip books, I love books that sweep me up into the distance. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter is a stellar example of that. I almost felt like I was walking along the streets of Greece reading that book and it made me want to visit Greece even more than I ever did before.
Besides Greece, I’ve definitely set my sights on Australia. I’ve been to Sydney but there’s so much more to see and experience on the continent down under. New Zealand’s a given. It’s a dream come true for any photographer. Also on my list: Tunisia, Marrakesh, Sicily and Prague.
Which places do you hear calling out to you?
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