In modern times, the term “Wanderlust” is defined as “A strong desire to travel”. Most people experience this feeling at some point in their lives. For me, it’s been a constant craving since I was old enough to watch the travel channel on TV. Like the K.D Lang song (Constant Craving) suggests, “Maybe a great magnet pulls all souls to what’s true…”
Perhaps there’s some truth in this. Perhaps we are all united in some way, by this great longing that pulls us out of our ordinary lives and into the beauty of a world beyond our understanding.
What could be more true or real than the feeling of a cold, turquoise ocean gliding across your skin, or the feeling of stones and tree bark under your bare feet? What could be more soothing to the mind and heart than the sounds of authentic African drums, chanting monks and the constant crashing of a crystalline waterfall? Or the allure of ancient cities – living art just waiting to be explored?
Italy – “Lo Stivale” (The Boot)
Italy was the first to captivate me, with its romanticized streets of rivers in Venice, Florentine Renaissance art and architecture, as well as the magical hills and villas throughout Tuscany & Rome. I longed to walk those cobblestone streets in sandals and a little white flowing dress, taking in its rich artistic beauty.
I have yet to experience the magnificence of “La Dolce Vita” or “The sweet life” that Italy is so well known for, but I wish to someday remove this beautiful country from my bucket list!
Japan – “Nippon” (Land of the Rising Sun)
Japan, a chain of 6,852 islands is rich in forests, mountains, biodiversity, technology, art and culture.
Only about 430 of these islands are inhibited, with Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu being the four main Islands of this island country. With an abundance of sights, sounds and tastes to delight you on your journey through Japan, who wouldn’t love to trade their mundane meetings and fax machines for sushi and a traditional ryokan?
I certainly would! I plan to do just that sometime in the near future. On my list of places/things to experience in Japan are:
The Naruto Whirling Waves in Tokushima
The Akiyoshido Cave in Yamaguchi
The night view of Nagasaki from Inasa-yama
Unkai (Cloud Sea) Terrace in Hokkaido
Yoshigaura Onsen Yado (Hot spring hotel) in Ishikawa
The suspension bridges of Sumatakyo at the Ooma Dam Lake in Shizuoka
Private karaoke booths
Tokyo’s Ginza District
Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa
Gion (The Geisha district)
The Winter light Display in Tokyo
Firefly squid at the coast in Toyama
Nishiyama onsen keiunkan is a hot spring hotel in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.
Mount Fuji in Japan during the Flower Festival
Summer festival in Yutenji, Tokyo
The 150 year old Iwaso Ryokan on Miyajima Island