We at kickasstrips love the funky travel words that dominate the internet fora and blogs these days. After explaining the beauty of ‘Resfeber‘, today we are introducing you KickassTrips Travel Words & Vocabulary item number 2: Wanderlust

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Travel Words & Vocab No. 2: Wanderlust

Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

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Robert Louis Stevenson aptly describes what it is like to be wanderlust-ing in his Travels with a Donkey, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” This is a typical case of wanderlust as those with “wanderlust” don’t necessarily need to go anywhere in particular; they just don’t care to stay in one spot.

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Origins of Wanderlust

The etymology of our travel word is a very simple one stemming from German. “Wander-lust” is lust (or “desire”) for wandering. The word comes from German, in which wandern means “to wander or hike” and Lust means “desire.”

The English loanword of “wanderlust” was already extant in the German language dating as far back as Middle High German. The first documented use of the term in the English language occurred in 1902 as a reflection of what was then seen as a characteristically German fascination for wandering. This popularity of wandering behaviors may be traced back to the German Romanticism and the German system of apprenticeship (the journeyman), as well as the adolescent custom of the ‘Wanderbird’ seeking unity with Nature.

The term originates from the German words wandern (to hike) and Lust (desire). The term wandern does in fact not mean “to wander” but “to hike.” Placing the two words together it literally translates as an “enjoyment of hiking”, although it is commonly described as an enjoyment of strolling, roaming about or wandering.

In modern German, the use of the word means a “strong desire to travel”. However in popular use the word has been replaced by Fernweh (lit. “farsickness”), coined as an antonym to Heimweh (“homesickness”).

Do be aware though..

Not all those who wander are lost

A Wander lust magazine, movie,…

To stress the relevance of the word wander lust we refer to the fact that there is even a famous British travel magazine that is named Wanderlust. In addition a famous Hollywood movie from 2012 carries this title starring none less than Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston.