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Old 12-14-2011, 06:59 AM
Location: Oxford, England
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I am an addict. I have travelled literally since birth, my Father was in the Navy then a Diplomat so my childhood was spent moving from one place to another, sometimes every couple of months. It gave me this insatiable desire to keep on moving.

In many respects it has made me more independent and I think I am fairly adventurous ( this being now reined in a little due to ill health) but sadly it has also meant that I am never quite happy wherever I am. If I stay too long somewhere it starts gnawing at my soul and dissatisfaction sets in . Wanderlust is an appalling condition if you are restricted by health or practical issues as I am.

As far as I am concerned I would be quite happy to be on the move at all times. Nothing is ever as depressing as coming "home". I have never craved domesticity and it is killing me. I would be actually delighted if Hubby was posted abroad, again and again and again. Most people I know just do not understand this and think I am weird.

I likewise cannot comprehend how someone can live without travelling or at least aching to. It is the very air I breathe. I live for my travels. They make my life endurable. I will come home from a trip and immediately will be thinking about the next one or two trips. Being settled down to me is such a sad thing. I want to take the man I love with me and just keep on moving until I kick the bucket.

I cannot think of anything more hideous and depressing than living in the same place for decades, at the same job , surrounded by the same people.The very thoguht of it makes me feel nauseous. Literally.

I feel as though I am trapped if I cannot travel. Claustrophobic and in chains.

I relish travel, I crave it and I need it. Without it I am a mere husk . There is something so liberating , so freeing about being somewhere new, a new environment, new people, new language, new food, new culture, something exciting and deeply satisfying.

Give me my health back and I shall be on that road again within seconds. I told Hubby I needed about half an hour to be packed and ready to leave for a trip and about a couple of days to move. He loves travel but he is far more grounded than I am and is not quite as fanatic as I am.

To me travel and discovery is the essence of Human Nature, something so ingrained in me it is now becoming a real problem. Having your wings clipped when all you want is to soar is very difficult and painful. It actually hurts to be stuck at home. Home is a grossly over rated concept IMO. Home as they say is where I hang my hat.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:06 AM
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I love to travel and am always dreaming about my next trip. Right now I am craving sunshine and a beach and the sound of waves.

I also love my home and my own bed, my kitchen with all my gadgets and my garden. When I am away from home for any length of time the one thing I miss most is being able to cook. Apart from that, being away and seeing new places and people and trying new foods and people watching and learning about the history and architecture of different places - love it.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:47 AM
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yeah at this stage I pretty much gear my life around travel. Since a kid I've always been fascinated with the world, the geography, flora and fauna, culture. I'd stare at atlases just wondering what those places with exotic names were, my favourite channel was the Discovery Channel or National Geographic. I'd imagine hiking in the Andes or Borneo...in another time I might have been an explorer. Even in my own backyard, after I got my car, I used to drive everywhere myself exploring. I'm fascinated to see each new country, or even parts of my own country, see how different they are and experience the local culture.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:01 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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wanderlust is in my genes. I'd rather be traveling than home (even tho I have a beautiful abode in a National Scenic Area.)

Probably best noted by coming home JUST in time to be back to work (often drive straight to work upon arrival 'home') NEVER have got home a day ahead of schedule, but many times weeks / months BEHIND schedule.

Partner is the same way, gotta go... just made air reservations for two trips tonight (1/2 price SWA)

We took lots of 8-12 wk trips from day one.

Have had international positions (living and working as family).

Much prefer to have company pay for travel, and ALWAYS take advantage of being away. (Have accumulated 2 million air miles on behalf of company paid travel)

Rarely travel as a tourist, befriend and stay with locals.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:26 AM
Location: Texas
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Meh. I grew up overseas (70s/80s) and traveled everywhere (Asia, Europe, etc) every year. I'm over it. Especially since a lot of the world is so westernized now and a lot of the local flavor has been sucked out and homogenized and commercialized. Also, air travel used to be luxurious and kind of fun...back in the 70s and 80s, when they kissed your butt all the time and gave you all sorts of goodies, etc.

Now I am happy to be at home and the only traveling I really dream about is my next vacation to a secluded beach resort somewhere tropical (and occasionally to the BVIs). What I dream about now is getting away from everyone, not thrusting myself into throngs of tourists.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:14 AM
Location: New York
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We have lived in Europe, Asia and now USA in the last 6 years, and I've visited over 300 cities in 36 countries.
I've travelled alone from the age of 21 when none of my friends would go to India with me.
My husband loves traveling too, I couldn't be with someone who didn't.
My husband travels a lot in his job and I quite often go with him and when he goes to the office and I get out and about. I've travelled around Japan whilst he has been working in Tokyo, I've seen more of Mumbai, Sydney & Toronto and surrounds while he has only seen the office
I always have at least one pending flight on my BA account and usually a couple of trips in the pipeline.
In the year we have lived in the US we have visited, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Montreal, Boston, Toronto - twice, Otttawa, Hawaii, Palm Springs, all along the coast from San Diego to San Francisco and plan the following for before we leave next year - a golf and drive through Florida, Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore and New Orleans to Memphis.
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