“A very strong or irresistible impulse to travel.”
This, according to the Urban Dictionary, is the meaning of wanderlust. I’ve always had a little wanderlust; in my younger years I had such a strong desire to be an air hostess. I printed off the application forms several times but never sent them for whatever reason. I know it’s not a glamorous job but the excitement of travelling (even if I did just see the inside of an airport) was (almost) enough for me.
The stay at home mum life hasn’t come easily to me and I often catch myself thinking about what I’d be doing if I didn’t have four kids. Not in a regretful way, of course, but more daydreaming really. I guess it’s a bit of escapism from the dirty nappies and the mountain of laundry that’s part and parcel of being in a family of six.
So, I’ve been doing a bit of thinking…if I could go back to my life pre-children, and had the means to travel wherever I wanted, where would I go?
As a family we have a fairly small list of places we’d like to visit over the coming years but where would I go if I were on my own or travelling with friends? I’ve compiled a list of five places. I could probably list many, many more but my youngest will need a feed soon so I’d better keep it snappy.
India has always been one of those places that fascinates me. The culture and the people and the curry! I’d book myself some flights through Vistara and head to Mumbai or New Delhi to see the Taj Mahal. I think it’d be one of those places that would just blow your mind.
I’ve never visited anywhere in South America and I’ve always fancied visiting Machu Picchu in Peru and seeing the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio.
I’m just so curious about the Far East. I love watching travel shows about Japan. When I see Japanese people visiting our little Cotswold villages and taking photos of stone walls and trees it really makes me wonder how different their world is to mine.
Some of our friends have lived in Shanghai for a good few years now and the photos they share of both the city and the beautiful scenery further afield just makes me want to pack my bags and head off to China. I also believe Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world….and I thought London was busy!
If I died today I’d be sad I didn’t get to visit Australia. I know it’s a little vague just to say Australia but I don’t know enough about the country to pinpoint specific places. I’d love to visit Ayers Rock and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I’m sure there are some other beautiful, unspoilt places too.
*This is a collaborative post.