Why Have I Been Recently Consumed with Wanderlust?

I would say pretty recently I have had a strong urge to travel and I’m not quite sure what has led to my lingering thoughts on this matter. My theories are that I want to make up for lost time and adventuring since I literally did not go anywhere this summer and because my trip to London was unfortunately canceled. Traveling to any destination right now obviously puts your health at risk because a pandemic currently exists, but this is the leading cause of why I continue to reminisce on old trip memories since I have nowhere new I can go. I scrolled through old pictures on my phone of last summer when I went to New York and it felt like it was much simpler times then. Large gatherings of friends and family were normal, and I never thought once to put on a mask in the overpopulated city! Now I reflect on the environment we are all currently surviving in and it makes me truly appreciate the past. In hindsight, I feel like I took a lot of my freedom for granted, but regardless of my reflections, I need to stop dwelling on how perfect I thought life used to be.

person pointing at map Element5 Digital There is value in trying to find the beauty of living in the moment or even planning a little forward into the future. In regard to travel, maybe this is the time I should use to start planning a road trip with a small group of friends or schedule an overnight retreat somewhere local for fun! It feels amazing to surround yourself in a new space even if it is temporary because it can help shift your perspective! This is how I felt about moving back to Ellensburg for school because I honestly needed a change.

If you have been experiencing dreams of traveling as much as I have, think of small ways you can support that dream so you remain happy and healthy such as going on a scenic drive somewhere new. I would love to hear how other individuals are getting by during this difficult time so share your ideas with us at Her Campus!