Wanderlust as the illness of traveling, not only through physical and concrete countries, but even mentally and through people minds and souls.
Wanderlust is a term appeared for the first time as a “linguistic loan” from upper-German middle language. It is a mix from the words Wandern (explore) and Lust (desire).
The first documented use of the term in spoken language is in 1902 as a reflection of a typically German “wandering” predilection that could be traced back to German Romanticism, as well as the adolescent habit of the “wanderbird”, in search of a union with nature.
This concept, as yet said, constitutes one of the main themes of German Romanticism, especially in Goethe’s literature, but also in the field of music with works such as Schubert’s Fantasia Wanderer or painting such as Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, symbol in our culture of the specific feeling of wanderlust as the wanderer in the painting seems lost in this sea of fog, metaphor of his dreams, desires and fears.
But wanderlust isn’t only a cultural movement. It is more.
History has been made and written, but wanderlust isn’t only a literary and artistic reference.
It is more: in synthesis, it is a mixed desire and illness for traveling, both with our minds and bodies, physically and mentally. Like Caspar Friedrich’s quoted painting.
The wanderlust indicates the desire to go elsewhere, to go beyond one’s own world, to look for something else: a desire for exoticism, discovery and travel. It can reflect an intense desire for personal self-development through the discovery of the unknown, facing unexpected challenges and knowing unknown cultures and lifestyles.
It can also be driven by the desire to escape and leave behind depressive feelings of guilt. For Alain Montandon, the concept corresponds “to the call of distant people, of what is beyond the present and the real world, and this aesthetic wandering takes the form of an escape from the world in the hope of compensation.”
Wanderlust is also an anthropological concept that goes through people and years.
During adolescence, dissatisfaction due to restrictions experienced at home or in one’s own city can fuel this desire to get away and travel. Robert Park sees in the wanderlust a rejection of social conventions. Due to both those analysis, wanderlust can be also seen as an anthropological phenomenon that influences the masses: it’s not strange the always and constant fever of travels with friends and lovers of kids in their adolescence, or when they say that “what happens in holiday stays in holiday.”
This motto can be very simple at a first glance, but if we question ourselves we’ll see the real meaning: that traveling can change yourself, let yourself free from conventions and limits that society has imposed on yourself – as Robert Park’s said – so wanderlust let you discover the real you, the true ego everyday you’re struggling to not free from his cage of social manners and behaviors.
Wanderlust is also a pop culture phenomenon nowadays, especially regarding young people.
We, at Oneg, questioned ourselves about how to decline this theme and we jump to a conclusion.
Wanderlust is a too heavy and wide concept to put in brackets: it regards teenagers and adults – maybe nowadays young people, writing in their instagram bio about this particular form of illness and desire – but can regard everyone of you reading this.
Wanderlust can be about physical journeys but even mental trip and mind adventures with someone’s soul or conversation. You can travel with several methods, and some of them are not concrete in a physical way.
Wanderlust is the illness and the cure both, a state of mind but also of the body, a new way of traveling, without stops or doubts.
So we let you travel with both body and mind through the world, discovering artist and culture people that made of wanderlust their main theme and fever.
Enjoy the ride!