The Day my Wanderlust was Born

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Wanderlust

/wɒndəlʌst/
noun

a strong desire to travel.
“a man (or a woman) consumed by wanderlust”

You spend your whole life studying, get into a university and later get into a good company. We always believed this was the best cake’s recipe. Yeah, that one your grandma used to bake for you, the happiness’ recipe!
The irony happens when we sit at work, with a pile of paper on our desks and we think: “I hate this!”.

Wait a second, wasn’t it supposed to be everything perfect? It was! Was it? I believe the answer here is “yes”, but I honestly don’t fit into it (and I think that many of you also don’t). I’m not saying this is something bad! If you like it I totally respect your opinion. But there are people that just need something else, some other dreams to strive. And this happens to be true for the most part of my friends as well.

We are not in this world to just pass through it, we are here to live it at its most! And this doesn’t summarize to just wake up every morning, go to a job that we don’t really see the point on it, come back home super tired and get ready to do it all over again.

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Now What?

That’s when at the beginning of 2014, after the breakup of an exhausting relationship, I got myself thinking, “Now what?”. I had just graduated from a 4-years Economics course and was working on a multinational company. It all seemed perfect, but I was missing something…couldn’t describe what though.

So, after hearing a John Mayer’s song on the radio, “’cause when you’re done with this world, you know the next is up to you”, I bought flying tickets to Buenos Aires on a whim! It was a short backpacking trip, but enough to spend some time on my own and feel really good about getting to know new places, people, costumes, new food (foodie here!).

On that occasion, I found out what wanderlust means. I also noticed that it opened my mind to the cultural differences as if someone had taken my blindfold and pay attention to the details of another world.

Today, when people ask why I love to travel I say that I was bitten by a travel bug in Argentina and never found the cure for it. 🙂

 

Female Solo Travel

Before the trip, I heard all sorts of questioning and advice from friends and relatives. Like, “Why are you traveling alone?”, “It’s dangerous”, “Why don’t you invite someone to go with you?”, etc.

That made me feel very insecure, but at the same time, it also gave me more courage to get on the airplane and show that this kind of travel is not dangerous after all. I was determined to go. Of course, there were a few things I wish I knew before I started my trip, but it was a nice backpacking trip. I learned a lot from it.

So, with my heart and soul, I packed my stuff and started something that I wouldn’t be able to stop, not even if I wanted to. Once you hit the road, you can’t stop thinking about “what’s next?”. That’s is so true, that in the same year I moved to the Netherlands!

I wish I had planned it better though instead of going there without a plan at all and just jumping on a hop on hop off bus. But that’s okay, beginner’s mistakes. Buenos Aires is not going anywhere and I can always go back to dance some tango!

 

Learn more about yourself

On this backpack, I noticed that for the first time in my life I felt truly free, that I stepped into the unknown and found the “myself” I’d been looking for. It was a liberating feeling that walks together with a lot of concerns about the unexplored.

This might sound cliché, but it’s the honest truth! Getting out the most touristic route in a city is the best you can do to not only get to know the place better, but also the locals and their costumes. Wander aimlessly around a new city, get into cute little streets, hide out and drink coffee like a local. This will teach you more about history and architecture than any school. Trust me!

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Cozy cafe in Amsterdam

 

Lara Croft

Back then when you were a kid and your parents would ask what you wanted to be when you grow up, don’t tell me your answer was a multinational director, because I know it isn’t true!

I have to confess. My answer would always be “Lara Croft”. Maybe my wanderlust was already in there, I just didn’t know yet. 

Anyway, you could even answer something like an astronaut, singer, doctor, but deep inside what you were trying to say is “I want to be happy, mom”. In my case, happiness comes along with my passport. What is happiness for you?

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Wanderlust basic kit

 

Of course, taking the decision to go backpacking on a whim wasn’t so easy:
– Mom, I’m leaving!
– Where are you going, honey?
– To Argentina!
– Sorry!?

Restless Soul

But after the tickets were bought the relief and excitement were contagious! Ah, I’m too restless to stay in the same place for too long, I’m a wanderlust.

And even if you’re not one, don’t settle! Because if you think that you already have the answer for what you want in life, it’s because you’re headed the wrong way. Life’s sense is exactly the opposite: to pursue the questions and to question yourself. Why not take a break and go traveling? In the meantime, if you feel like me, choose a job that turns around your life, and not the other way around.

And what about you? How did you start traveling? Have you ever traveled on your own? How was your trip, or is there something stopping you?

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17 thoughts on “The Day my Wanderlust was Born

  1. Julius J says:

    Congratulations on amazing your travel blog, overflowing with useful information for other travel minded individuals. Your descriptions and supporting photographs can only inspire others to follow your footsteps in exploring the world as it really is. I wish you success on your travels ahead and may the world be your oyster Bruna. Parabéns, eu admiro você por todas as suas realizações até agora, ga zo maar door!!

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Thank you so much, Jules! Your opinion means a lot to me and I’m happy that you liked it! I’ve written each post passionately to help others on their journey.
      I hope indeed to inspire many people to travel our beautiful world and bring more useful information. 🙂
      Dank je wel, meu amigo!!

  2. Alok Singhal says:

    Quite inspiring…I haven’t travelled solo myself. I guess I have gotten used to my partner. Maybe someday I’ll overcome that hesitation, too ☺️

    Good to read your story…

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Hi Alok,

      Well, I have to admit: Now that I have a partner I’m hesitating to travel solo as well. It’s so much better to share those moments, right?
      Anyway…but he is not so keen of traveling like me, so I guess I’ll be doing it a lot. 🙂

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear it!

  3. Linda says:

    Love your post! I have actually always had a love for travel as my parents past it on to me and my grandparents on to my parents (I know very unusual for that generation!) Although I found it for myself when I left Sweden for Mexico alone in 2006. Since then, I’m hooked!

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Hi Linda,

      That’s so cool! Very unusual indeed, but it’s certainly a positive thing! Once we leave, we can’t really stop it, right? 🙂

  4. Lo says:

    I have a new found wanderlust around 2014 as well – I can relate that this is something that has developed as I get older and wanting to see more of the world!

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Hi Lo!

      Yeah, the older we get, the more we realize we don’t want to waste time. The world is so huge and beautiful!

      Thanks for dropping by!

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Thank you so much, Cameron! Read things like these makes my day much better! I’m glad you like it! (also because it took me so long to come up with this name lol).

  5. Donna Regen says:

    Congratulations on taking that first trip by yourself. I understand the concerns of your relatives but you have to keep in mind that in past generations single women did not usually travel solo. Today it is a different story. They may still have their views, but you have proven that you can prepare and have a wonderful experience. Learning about other countries and cultures as a traveler is a great way to have new perspectives on the world.

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you! That’s so true! Time has changed a lot in past few years, thankfully! And solo travel is a reality for many women out there. Hope to inspire some of them with this post too.
      Yes, I became much more mature when I started traveling. Of course, there is still a long way ahead. 🙂

      Happy new year!

  6. Lady Nightwave Brenda Marie says:

    I love the photo of the mountain. My dream was always to be a writer. Happy New Year. Good luck with the challenge. I look forward to reading more from you.

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Hi Brenda! I’m glad you like it! That’s certainly a beautiful dream! One of which I’m heading towards as well! Happy new year!!

  7. Stella Scott says:

    I’ve traveled a lot, both alone and with others. My first big one I was 16 going to Paris to be an Au Pair. It took 24 hour with train from Stockholm, where I lived. It’s 42 yeas ago, young girls traveling alone at that time was almost unheard of. LOL!

    • Bruna Venturinelli says:

      Hi Stella,

      Wow, that was a long trip! I’ve done something similar: went from Amsterdam to Barcelona by bus (24 hours)! LOL!
      By the way, I was also an au pair, but in The Netherlands. 🙂

      Happy New Year!

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