It’s the beginning of a new year and thousands of people have created vision boards filled with their dream destinations plastered on thick boards with decorative markers and stickers. Dubai, Bora Bora, Thailand, Greece, Spain and even the occasional off the beaten path destinations are pictured.
The thought of packing my suitcase filled with TSA approved liquids gives me goose bumps. There's just something about the experience of the unknown. It’s a wander luster’s drug!I live for this, I work hard for this, and I thrive to live the nomadic lifestyle. The reality is that I struggle with how to obtain this lifestyle and sign my life away for an electronic exchange of currency and false hopes given to me by my pusher (my supervisor).
If you’re a wander luster like me, you spend hours a week lusting, wishing, hoping AND praying about your next travel destination. It’s almost an obsession, a calling, a nuisance, a blessing and a curse. You want to be content with where you are, but there is something inside of you that won’t allow you be that content person you were taught that you should be. It’s your inner voice, your intuition, you gut instinct that tells you that you were born for this. And with each new land, your spirit is renewed!
My feet desire to touch new lands, feel unfamiliar winds, taste unusual and usual delicacies from all over the world. You see, wander lusters are a different breed of people. We are open minded, thinkers, free spirits, and for lack of better terms modern day hippie-types. Many people assume that wander lusters travel often to impress others...this is not the case. A wander luster needs these experiences. It’s part of our DNA. There is nothing fake about our frequent trips! We need this to maintain our sanity.
It’s all good until you take into consideration the woes that come along with being such a free spirit. I, as many of you are, am blessed with an awesome career. This career allows me the ability to finance my weekend getaways, international destinations or my staycations. However, I often find myself frustrated and resentful of my full-time job because I am not actually doing what my heart really wants to do…….TRAVEL!
It’s not simple for everyone to just “quit”, move to foreign land and live happily ever after. There is a process to TRUE freedom and to be honest, I am not quite sure how to achieve this. On one hand, I know I need to work full-time in order to finance my love of travel but, unfortunately, with the commitment of a “steady” check comes a steep price, YOUR TIME.
I am so very thankful for the opportunity to be able to have a successful career as a Registered Nurse, but I feel that there is so much more for me. I feel alive, energetic and most importantly FREE when I am traveling. No limitations, no judgments…just me and my destination, my NIRVANA.I often wonder what life would be like if I were able to travel without thinking about my responsibilities of paying a mortgage and going to work five days a week….would that really make this wander luster happy? The real answer is I am not sure, but if I had to guess…I would say yes!
I often find myself involved in conversations with like-minded friends on how we can get the nomadic life we really want and deserve without being owned by a company or corporation for 40+ hours per week. My goal is to find my “travel happy place” and not let the woes of wander lusting get to me. Like an illegal substance, I need my fix of a new destination and I need it often.
Until I find my happy place, I will continue to maximize my weekend trips, and utilize my time off to explore destinations that truly make my heart sing. In the meantime, the woes of wander lusting are a small price to pay, for when I do get my “fix”, I am once again renewed, reunited and at one with my truth! I wouldn’t trade my love to explore for anything, for it is who I am!