Where does our inspiration come from? What is that inner muse that drives us on to the next adventure, the next story, and where does it come from? I’ve been a wanderer for as long as I can remember. My family was large (eight kids) and didn’t have a lot of money so you wouldn’t think travel would be a big part of my growing up. Yet we were always on the go. Jamming the whole family into the VW van, cramming camping gear, ice chests, sporting gear, and maybe even a dog or two into some corner or crevice of the car and heading down the road on one adventure or another. Sure we didn’t cross borders in those days but for a young kid out on the road the world was a big place. I can remember learning to read and practicing on every road sign, billboard, or bumper sticker that passed by.
From finding letters and piecing together words on signs I quickly moved on to reading the magical device that could find and guide us–the map. An amazingly simple word for such an incredible tool! This was where the travel bug really invaded my soul and took root. Looking at a map and the legend, with its cryptic symbols and codes, was fascinating. Being able to decipher the puzzle and always know where we were, what we’d find down the road, where we’d be if we turned here, where we could be if we could just keep going, and winding our way through the infinite forks and possibilities was empowering. Just wandering to wander, to explore the world and make my own maps with it’s secret pathways and coded destinations; that’s the inspiration that drives this wanderer onward.
Even though we grow up and settle down, plant our roots, and join the working world there remains that call to the open road and the need to wander down a randomly chosen trail. It was that rovers spirit that guided both Corinne and I down the paths to our meeting in Germany and we both immediately knew we’d found a kindred spirit, travelers to the core of our being. The real magic is having that person to wander the winding roads of the future with and to know that, with each other, we’ll never be lost. And either through luck or determination we’ve managed to design our lives to allow that wanderlust to still drive us and inspire us, at least in some small part. I hope that it comes through in our writing and our photography.
Where did your wanderlust come from? How did the travel bug infect you?
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