A wanderlust gene?
Ever wonder what causes some people to constantly roam the world in search of adventure while others stay put most of their lives? Is the wanderlust gene a real thing? Are you born with it? After reading about it, I still don’t know if this whole idea actually makes sense. Looking back, there were a number of things that influenced my love for travel and made me want to seek out faraway places. Nobody else in my family has traveled as extensively or has made it their passion. If this gene exists, it must have skipped a lot of generations before me.
Books and the love of reading
I grew up in a house where reading was a popular pastime. Both my parents were readers and we had all these shelves full of books in our living room. Those books fascinated me beyond anything else. I remember watching my parents read and being excited about learning how to read myself. Once I did, the world opened up like flood gates.
It was the stories of Atlantis, Templar treasure and historical intrigue that first sparked my curiosity of faraway places. Those exotic and fascinating places seems very unreachable to me back then. The more I read, the more I wanted to visit the places I read about. Books made me dream. Those dreams made me want to visit the world. I’ve seen a good bit of it now too.
I don’t remember too many shows while growing up, but I do remember this particular one. No idea what it was called or names of the people who hosted it, but it inspired me profoundly. In each episode, this traveling couple did a recap of a different place they went to. They talked about the destination, what they did there and always shared photos and souvenirs.
Not only did it make me want to travel, it made me want to collect things that I can then bring home and talk about. To this day, I try to buy something in every place that I visit. It’s like my little collection of memories that bring a piece of where I’ve been home with me. I have them at home and at the office.
Forever Indiana Jones
Growing up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I wanted to travel to exotic places, seek mysterious treasure and have an adventure of a lifetime. Inspired by legends, myths and treasure maps, it seemed like a hell of a gig. I even took archaeology my first year of university in hopes of fulfilling that dream. Unfortunately, archaeology bored me to tears so I turned to history.
See, Indi was also a history teacher and to me, that was the more interesting part. The great stories of the Romans, papal scandals and lost treasure (there is always lost treasure) were like the stories I read about as a kid, but real. While I don’t have a fedora or a whip, I travel the world to see new place, but also to visit the places I’ve learned about. To walk in the footsteps of history. It’s so thrilling!
A different kind of idol workship! With a nervous Satipo far behind him, Indiana Jones ponders the question of how to safely secure the golden idol of the Hovitos from the hidden temple, in a great image from the stellar opening to Raiders of the Lost Ark. #indianajones #raiders #indianajonesarchive
First solo trip
It wasn’t till my early 20s that I actually traveled abroad for the first time, seeking my own adventure. I had an opportunity to go to Paris for three glorious weeks. It was probably one of the most exciting times of my life. I visited the Louvre Museum, Versailles, Notre Dame, and even the Conciergerie where I got to stand in the same cell Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before her execution. While that might sound a bit morbid, the reality was that I was literally in her footsteps. I don’t think I can fully articulate to you how just how much that meant to me.
Besides the awesome historical immersion, this trip made me want to travel more. There was something about this experience that combined all the previous elements and created a wanderlust craving adventurer who has been traveling ever since. I also don’t think I’m ever gonna stop and that makes me so happy.
How about you?
Where does your wanderlust come from? Do you have a defining moment that sparked yours? Let me know!
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