12 May

“Not all who wander are lost.”










Something that has always intrigued me, is why wanderlust only strikes a group of individuals and not everyone. Some travel the world, never staying in one place. Like a river , they may slow down for a time but never come to a full stop unless forced to. Others remain where they were are, never venturing beyond their home county or state borders. Seemingly afraid they might explode if they crossed some invisible border on a map.

I seem to fall in between. I tend to stay in one place for long periods of time, but I’ve never been afraid to drop everything and move the family across the country. Perhaps not having children makes moving easier, I ‘m not sure.

Stranger still is the fact that siblings raised in the same household can show signs from either end of the wanderlust spectrum. One can’t wait to get out of their home town and explore the world while another wants nothing more than to find a job and a spouse, buy a little house and could care less what the rest of the world is doing.

Is it DNA? Choices of the parents? What makes two siblings who, though are only a year or two apart in age, see the world so differently?

I have seen this first hand within my own family and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why it happens. One choice is no more valid or real than the other. It’s just different. When I ask them to try to explain how they feel, the response is the same, “I don’t know. it’s just the way I feel.”

I do understand the ones who go out into the world and explore for a while and then return to their roots. That makes sense to me as they have made a choice based on experience. The ones that baffle me are the ones who never leave and are not interested in ever travelling. Yes, it’s their choice but really? You never want to see other places? It’s hard for me to grasp that.

So, how about you? Are you consumed with the wanderlust? Or, are you a die-hard homebody? I really am interested to hear.



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9 responses to “Wanderlust

  1. Mick Canning

    May 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Don’t know what it is. I’ve always been happy to up sticks and wander around, whilst my brother never wanted to travel at all.

    • Dennis Langley

      May 12, 2016 at 11:51 am

      It is the oddest thing. Does not seem to be a pattern within families.

      • Mick Canning

        May 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

        I’m sure it’s complicated…

  2. Matthew Wright

    May 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed travelling, but equally, it’s always nice to have a home to come back to. Not sure where that puts me on the scale!

    • Dennis Langley

      May 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Sounds like in the middle. There are lots of shades of grey on this topic.

  3. AnnMarie

    May 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I am a bit of both I think, much like yourself. I cannot imagine staying in one place my entire life yet I have family who will happily do so. No idea what the difference is although I do think that my natural curiosity and need for answers has something to do with it!

    • Dennis Langley

      May 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Maybe the creative side in us drives the need to travel and experience new things. That makes a great deal of sense.

  4. Charlotte Hoather

    May 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I have only lived in two locations and I have a big move to London this year, excited about it, I hope I enjoy traveling or it will be very restrictive.
    An interesting question.

    • Dennis Langley

      May 27, 2016 at 9:47 am

      This is number 8 for me. It’s been 15 years since my last one.


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