Wanderlust and the Art of Travelling – We are all nomads in a world that inspires the creative mind.
I must have been about six when I took my first flight alone. Usually mum would sit next to me, hold my hand during take off and landing, somewhat anxious when all I could think about was how beautiful the world looked, when looking down on it from the sky. I can still remember the excitement of stepping onto the plane alone. The great adventure lay ahead and what is now considered an easy commute for many, felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. Little did I know that I would be taking many more of these journeys to beautiful places near and far and experience true “wanderlust”.
Some may describe me as well travelled already. I was born in Wales, grew up in Germany, studied in Sweden and London has become my most recent home. I took my first solo flight at the age of six, I flew to the USA alone when I was twelve. I did numerous language exchanges to France, also learned Spanish and Italian. I am passionate about everything associated with a country’s culture and its people, but have always been inspired by the language, the food and the art. When words fail us, we engage through our senses. A country’s traditional recipes, flavours, spices, smells and natural products, the painted picture, the street graffiti, the world class sculptures, they all guide us as much as our language does. They are specific to our culture, express our thoughts and feelings from the past as well as portray our present struggles and passions. This is what truly fascinates me about the countries and places I have travelled to.
The “Art of Travelling” is an idea I hope to promote amongst travellers and people around the world. Noticing the beauty of things, the ease of engaging with others and experiencing the exhilarating feeling of stepping onto a plane, a bus or a train to a new destination. That is “wanderlust” and the art of travelling is to be present and engaged with every new experience you make on your journey.