I’ve never been accused of being quiet.
I never meet a stranger.
How Did You Get Your Wanderlust?
I absolutely love to travel. I love to talk to people in new places, and I love to learn things. History, genealogy, photography… everything just seems to mesh together for me. I like to stand in old places and imagine the people who used to walk there – what they used to look like, what they wore, what they ate, how they got around, what kind of work they did.
It all fascinates me. I get lost in the romanticism of it all sometimes, and forget myself. It’s great to speak with a guide who can speak English (I do try to learn some of the language of where I travel, though I write it better than I speak it or understand it), and convey the same types of emotions of their land to me (I say their land, because I am generally speaking about a foreign country, though this could apply in the United States).
I think I first started wanting to “wander” when I was handed the classics – Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, etc. Hearing tales of far-off places, both in the United States and abroad made me want to see more than just the mountains of North Carolina, the farms in South Carolina, and the theme parks in Florida.
But, what really caught my eye – and made me want to buckle down in school, and get a good degree so I could afford the ticket, was to take a trip on the Concorde. I knew airline trips overseas were not inexpensive – I did not fly in the States until I was a teenager, and understood then it was a luxury. I also knew a trip on the Concorde was a “once in a lifetime trip” for quite a few, and that ticket was well worth the price for just a couple hours flight from New York to London.
Unfortunately, the Concorde ceased operations a few years ago, so that’s one trip on my bucket list I’ll never get to take. There are rumors a similar airline may operate again someday, but nothing solid for the next few years.
However, a couple years ago, I made the decision to work as a travel agent, learning quite a bit in the process. I bring my past experiences with me, including my photography skills, in some cases, but most of the time, I use my knowledge of the areas I have traveled in or the areas I have certifications.
I am not only traveling to add to my own personal bucket list, but those travels aid me to help you in planning your romantic getaways. In a future post, I’ll share my bucket list, and maybe some ideas on how you might make a bucket list of your own.
So, are you just starting your wandering? Or have you been wandering for awhile now? How did you get your wanderlust?