The word "wanderlust" is defined by Merriam-Webster as a noun that means a "strong longing for or impulse toward wandering." While Merriam-Webster's definition isn't wrong by any means, it certainly doesn't encapsulate the essence of what wanderlust really is. Wanderlust is a deep, almost primal urge to discover new surroundings, new people, new cultures — and even new things about yourself.
And y'all, it's safe to say we've got it.
The addictive quality of travel isn't anything new (the first use of the term "wanderlust" dates back to 1875), but it definitely seems that more and more people are itching to leave the banalities of everyday life behind in search of some adventure nowadays. Maybe it's because our fast-paced lives and reliance on technology keeps us in a constant rat race, but unplugging and getting away from it all sure sounds amazing, doesn't it?
These inspirational quotes will make you want to get out and see the world. And just remember, not all who wander are lost.
Originally published April 2016. Updated September 2017.