What Was Your Wanderlust Moment?

We had been taking vacations for years where we would visit interesting locations throughout the United States. We even traveled abroad and to Mexico, but as we look back now, we were tourists not travelers in those days. The trip that changed everything for us was when we went to Chennai, India. That was the trip where we really learned to immerse ourselves as much as possible in the culture and push ourselves outside of our normal comfort zone. That experience has changed the way that we travel, the way that we view the places that we visit, as well as the choices that we make on where in the world to go. We are now travelers, not tourists. We don’t just want to go to the most famous sites, we want to grow as global citizens and learn as much about the world and the people who inhabit it as much as possible. This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Wanderlust, which made us reflect upon our time in India. We tried to select a couple of photos that we may not have shared before to capture the experience that changed us.

Religious Statue in Chennai
View from Saint Thomas Mount
Another Temple in Mahabalipuram
Driving the Side Streets


14 thoughts on “What Was Your Wanderlust Moment?”

  1. Trip to China in 1997 – I fell in love with Asia. I went with the Smithsonian, but felt I was in a coccoon, it was clear to me that I could have a better trip on my own.

  2. My senior class trip was a service trip to the Dominican Republic. That was definitely when I transformed from tourist to traveler and is what eventually led me to the Peace Corps.

  3. I think my wanderlust moment was Japan in July 2005. Such a memorable trip and the first time I really tried to appreciate the food and culture and tried to fit in as best as I could.

    I hope to get to India someday. Soon!

  4. My wanderlust moment was when I went to study abroad for a mere 3 weeks in Madrid in 2008. I immediately loathed all tourists and touristy things! It was my first trip alone and abroad, something really clicked in those 3 short weeks

  5. My mother-in-law said she was born with a “fiddle-foot,” and I suppose the same is true with us. We have always just enjoyed wandering whether in the U.S. or elsewhere. We never felt it had to be some place overseas, famous or exotic.
    But sometime after I began writing a blog – perhaps as much as a year or two — I realized I was becoming much more immersed in the places we were visiting. In an effort to tell others about them, I was learning more myself.

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