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We are the wanderlusting generation, forever chasing after the charms of travel, both in its essence as a life shaping entity as well as a way of life itself, a lifestyle that affords us the luxuries unique to different parts of the world, a way of leisurely indulgence that is tied also to determinants of the good life, in spirit and in identity, socially, culturally, physically, psychologically et al, earning us experiences that are unmatchable, and accords perhaps a certain high status, one that does not seek the riches in travel only metaphorically but essentially as well. But this world of the wanderlust that rests so veritably in measures of all things surreal and magical, even when this is an amalgamation of treasures that we seek out to discover within the very confines of the physical world, isn’t all things appealing and dreamy in just the notion of it. In fact the term that sums it up all- wanderlust to say, sounds every bit as phantasmagorical and alluring as the concept of it, something about this essentially German word resides in utopia through every fiber of its being, as an idyllic revelation of the world in all its fancies, like of someplace in Cockaigne, carrying though it a certain emotion that stirs the heart in a vivid manner, indiscernible to those who do not hear the lustful longings in its utterance, but palpable otherwise to all those who submit themselves happily to this wonderworld of the travelling euphoria.

Despite such soul pleasing notions attributable to the wanderlust jargon, elucidated by means of such paraphrases that conjure all bewitching imagery of the otherworldly phenomena of the worldly expanse we inhabit, this whole wanderlusting ‘business’ has perhaps emerged to be too commonplace a trend than our liking. Sure, identifying oneself as a fellow wanderluster might fan a certain sense of the whole brethren connection that comes together as wholesome and idealistic and comforting a notion in existence, persisting perhaps even in the extant of the charm the whole lustful premise forever gratifies us with, but in its rather everyday occurrence, that can indeed pass of as overindulgence of something otherwise reserved for the more exclusive, occasional pursuits of pleasures by the human soul, lusting over wanderlust has been the passé at least in the German colloquiality, if not anywhere else.

In steps therefore another similarly literary word, one residing in all the charms and spirits of wanderlust, but more open to interpretation, vaguer yet more identifiable, perhaps not in the physicality of it all but surely a reverberation of the emotions that you experience deep within, at some points of time in your existence when you yearn for a far away place, a destination that is not home but feels as comforting and inviting, perhaps in the allure of the unknown, perhaps as an escape from the everyday mundanity, travelling as you do through a chasm between the ordinary and the extraordinary, or something less stirring but nevertheless still poignant in the way it unfurls its meaning to your person. Spelled as fernweh and seen as a modern alternative to the German yet loan of the now universally English wanderlust, the essence of both these poetic sounding terms are not much different- a desire to explore other lands by embarking on the travel bandwagon. But despite all the eloquent ways of expression attributable to wanderlust, this now common encounter in the wordy realm is but ‘only’ a ‘yearn to travel’, originating from “wandern” (to hike) and “Lust” (Desire). In not so much stark contrast of it is also Fernweh, that expresses also a craving that you feel for travelling. More poetically though, and therefore more appealingly, fernweh has often been described as being“homesick for a place you’ve never been.” An antonym therefore of homesickness or heimweh, that exists only in the German language, fernweh perhaps is something that can be described more comprehensibly as ‘distance sickness’ or farsickness, and sounds so much like something rooted in nostalgia, ironically though stemming from something that is the exact opposite of the homesickness that the nostalgic feels reside in.

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