"My Suspended State Of Wanderlust" GenXVoice's Profile
Meeting people, spending time with them and getting to know them is one of my most favorite things about traveling.
Making new friends; seeing the world through their eyes; being shown their little piece of the planet and why they love it (or how they tolerate it) gives you an experience no travel book can provide.
I think that is the appeal of Virtual Tourist.
A community of travelers who love to share their experiences with others and who - like you - enjoy making friends with a kindred spirit who understands their suspended state of wanderlust.
I am an incorrigible bibliophile and was one of those nerdy little kids reading Dr. Seuss by the age of 4 predicting for me a lifelong curse of a thirst for knowledge.
I had traveled to India, China, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Africa, Pacific Islands and the coast of Spain - all by the ripe old age of 8 - and all through books of both fact and fiction.
My little brother and I would read through our World Book Encyclopedia Library like they were chapter books for children and we would draw pictures of our "adventures" and make our kiddie-version copies of the photos.
We would trace maps and photos, decorating them with colored pencils and marking details such as language, attire, ceremonial traditions and foods.
It was then that I knew I would never be content to remain "at home" so long as there were people, cultures and countries to be explored and experienced.
Scouting out any opportunity to "leave town" whether it was a school trip upstate or a long weekend out of town with the family - my first trip away from home "alone" (without family/parents) was at the age of 13 to New York City to compete in a national sports competition.
While I loved my sports - and still do! - I couldn't wait for the downtime to wander and find the experiences about which I had read for years in books.
Thus began my suspended state of wanderlust.
What once had only existed in theory had now become a reality that would forever change my world.
In traveling you have to roll with the punches.
I love all the detours, cancellations, and unexpected quirks that tend to "ruin" a trip.
Getting off at the wrong train station.
Nonstop, torrential rain.
Those are the moments which always end up being the best stories and memories of any of my travels.
I've noticed that no matter where I am in the world, I meet up with friends - many of whom I have known for years and hail from Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Prague and more lovely places.
It is their hearts, their souls, their minds, their love of life and how they each uniquely live their own lives which makes each and every one of my beautiful friends so special.
Photographers; make-up artists; real estate agents; interior decorators; IT developers; project managers; school teachers; bankers; executives; creative directors; salesmen; carpenters and writers.
A very motley crew, indeed.
In fact, the only thing we have in common...is each other.
Travel has been a study and exploration of "self" over the years.
I have learned more about myself through my many years of travel than I could have learned in any therapist's office.
Strengths that I never knew existed.
Weaknesses that have caught me off guard.
My ever-evolving range of tastes and interests. The depths of my personality.
The exploration into layers of "me" that have at times left me befuddled in surprise of my own reaction to circumstances.
No matter the experience - I was left with knowledge.
Knowledge of the how, the where and eventually.........the why.
I will forever be a traveler and although I call Florida home - there are those few places peppered around the planet that make me feel "at home" the instant I set foot and breathe in the air.
Places that speak to a certain part of my soul.
Where a piece of me was awakened or perhaps even where a piece was laid to rest.
I make my travels about the people...not just the places.
People are sometimes the ONE thing that makes the place so memorable.
Rooftop parties with a local who shows us his secret spot for drinking beer while we overlook his village and end up counting stars like 3rd graders seeking out our favorite constellations.
Shooting pool in a tiny, countryside English pub all night with new friends who make time fly so fast - you would swear you were in a time warp.
I love making new friends and have had the privilege of making the acquaintance of hundreds and hundreds of wonderful, magnificent people who surprisingly still keep in touch.
It is fun when you realize that you know at least one person on every continent and that you could have company for dinner on your next business or pleasure trip with just a quick email or text.
Laughing so much your face hurts.
Riding a night train to avoid wasting precious daylight for country-to-country travel with travelers from Austria, Latvia and France and swapping fragments of stories in between giggles.
Even language barriers can provide entertainment because you somehow end up with your own game of charades and find yourself answering back as if they actually understand.
These are the moments in between the photos and the tours that stand out the most to me.
Beautiful times with beautiful people.
Thank you for stopping by. Please say hello! :)
If you ever find yourself in the Central Florida area - holla!!
We have wonderful VT'ers who would dig an excuse to get together and properly welcome you to our beautiful sunshine state.
Best wishes and happy travels.
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