Word of the Week: Wanderlust

Friends, I am a little late with today’s post. I was travelling and I totally forget to schedule a post for today. And since I was travelling, so I thought why not a post on travelling?

It is weird how some people are so happy and contend with the place they reside in while some are always aching to travel. Jason Mraz says in his “Everything Is Sound” song, “…you don’t need a vacation when there’s nothing to escape from”. While I don’t necessarily agree with him, maybe there is some truth in it too. For some, it is a means of escape from the chores of day-to-day life while for others, it’s the curiosity to see the world, discover new places, culture, food and never contend with living in just one place. And it seems that scientists agree with me! Yay!

Scientists have discovered a gene DRD4 which they believe is associated with the inane urge to travel and have named it the Wanderlust Gene.  You can read more about it here.

wanderlust ˈwɒndəlʌst/
A strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.
Example: Wanderlust has led him to many different parts of the world.
The term “wanderlust” was derived from two German words wandern (to hike), and lust (desire) in the year 1902. Although the word “wandern” is frequently misused as a false friend, the actual meaning of the word is not “to wander” but “to hike”. So, the literal translation of term is a desire to hike or stroll (wikipedia). However, the evolved English meaning of the term is broader, and describes the desire or the urge to travel and explore the world!
Another beautiful word from the German language which has made way into the English dictionary is “wanderjahr” (/ˈwɑn.də(ɹ)ˌjɑː/) which means a journeyman’s year in German and wander year in English. It’s that one gap year which students usually take to go to some foreign land and explore the culture and language and world before getting into college or before seeking employment.
I will leave you with two lines from the Wanderlust song by The Weeknd:
You’re in love with something bigger than love
You believe in something stronger than trust