Day 25 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad
Everyone has an addiction (or two, or three), a yearning for something. An attraction that rarely, if ever, fades. As a nomad, mine is travel. One look at a world map or globe and my eyes are fixed, my heart beats faster and my thoughts wander to all the places I would like to visit and experience. I think “There is so much to see in this world!” and I immediately wish to pack my bags and jump on a plane. Every. Single. Time. I look at my wall-sized map and this happens. (I am also always as intrigued by how all the continents can be pieced together, made whole like a puzzle.) Luckily, this particular map hangs in my childhood room in Belgium, where I only spend a few weeks a year. At other times, I hope it inspires my 7-year old niece during sleepovers. She might follow in my footsteps one day. Sorry, brother!
This yearning for adventure feels very different from a craving for chocolate, alcohol, candy or cigarettes, and not just in a monetary way (yes, I picked an expensive addiction, all right). More mental than physical, this draw is instigated by a wildlife documentary on TV, a news story on a certain country, a National Geographic article, a glimpse into an atlas, a travel account in a magazine or newspaper, a guide book on a shelf, photos from someone’s vacation, blogs from fellow travelers, or an email from a worldly friend. Or, by an article I am writing or a photo book I am compiling. Unlike being able to go to a store and buy into the desire, a travel addict has to wait. And save money. And dream on. And believe that one day she will be out there again. She will. But not just yet.
What are you yearning for? What food are you addicted to? Do you give in easily, or spoil yourself as a reward? How do you deal with a travel addiction?
Tomorrow is the last day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. My Z stands for Zzzzzonked Out! Even nomads get tired. 🙂 All my previous A-Z blogs of April 2016 can be found here. If you enjoy what you read, please, leave a comment or like Roaming About on Facebook. Thanks for stopping by!