Today last week I was spending some days in Spain, went to see my Cape Town flatmate (cool, isn’t it) and we got to catch up after a while.
I was quite happy because, despite the fact I have been to Spain many times, it was my first one in Murcia and I loved every second.
What made me happy was being able to feel that feeling again. It was the first vacation in a while and as much as I love London, I was starting to feel like I couldn’t breathe anymore, as usual. I needed to leave and head somewhere where nobody knew my name and I could feel free again, so, very randomly, like everything else in my life, I came up texting her and booked a flight and a few days later I was browsing around south Spain.
They call it wanderlust, and nowadays seems like everybody is affected, it has become a trend and I have sadly found out tattooing that world on your body has gone mainstream, but I truly believe you can recognize the real travelers, the ones who are not after fancy hotels and super cool spots. They genuinely want to get to now the places they visit, understand the culture, get in touch with people and enjoy the true spirit of the country. They leave tourist stuff with tourists, and trust me, this is the only way to discover the real cool spots.
This is why I love having friends all over the world, because it allows you to make the most out of every experience (and yes, you don’t have to pay for your accommodation, which is nice :)), you get to live the very essence of every place you head off to, and you learn a lot about your friends. I have not thought about it before, but is interesting to see them in their own environment, you met somewhere exotic, probably far away from home and clicked. You spend time together, connecting and sharing crazy experiences (even some you are not very proud of, I can tell) and the more you get know each other, the more curious you are to see them living their “real life”, doing normal things just like you would and discover every aspect of them.
This is what happened last week, I lived the way my friend does, met her friends, checked the spots she usually hangs out in and enjoyed Spanish way of living (for those who don’t know, it’s a pretty awesome one).
At the very end of the day, I don’t know what kind of traveler you are, and I’m not here to teach you anything, but judging by what I’ve learnt so far, wanderlust not only is the need to leave and explore unknown places, it is also the possibility to meet new people, because no trip is complete if you don’t end up with new friends, and trust me, that would never go mainstream.