Where the Fernweh Grows
Fernweh. A German word used to describe the desire to travel, literally farsickness or the longing to experience far away places, the opposite of being homesick.
This is arguably one of my favorite words, as it describes the feelings that drive my world, that give me a sense of excitement and purpose. Many of you likely posses this very trait and longing.
I did not always recognize this attribute within myself as being so strong but I can recall the makings of this calling from a young age. As I finished high school and was attending college it began to be more prominent. I was ready to go. Not knowing where exactly, but I wanted to go and see, see what the world had to offer. Growing up in a one horse town can have this effect on certain personalities and this certainly was the case for me. Going to college to obtain a degree in photography only set me up to develop this feeling. When the time came for my college internship, I only had one thought, go somewhere beautiful! Why not?! That’s exactly what happened, not knowing a soul or thing there, this 20 year old green photographer ended up 1200 miles away from home in the valley town just outside of Teton National Park. That was the beginning of me making it happen. Exploring the unknown and trying to capture its being.
Now, almost 10 years later, I have tried my best to keep exploring whether it was in my own beautiful state or many time zones away; trying not to let the 40 hour work weeks and limited time off stop me. Life likes to try and get in the way and sometimes, before you know it, a chunk of time has passed by. As I start to get older, its my goal to check more of my ‘places I must go’ off the list.
Traveling for me is much more than just ‘vacation’. Its what feeds my soul and breathes life into me. Many of you know exactly the feeling I’m speaking of. Maybe you’ve been all over or maybe you’ve just went on your first big trip. Whatever the case may be, the longing of experiencing more will only grow and grow.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, this is my site for all things Fernweh. I wanted a place to put down my frequent daydreams, desires and devotions about all things wanderlust. A place to not only document my travels but a place to help inspire others to follow their inner Fernweh voices as well. My photography will of course be featured here along with a variety of travel related written vignettes.
So let’s go places, near and far; let’s explore this great big world together. With any luck, the Fernweh within you will also grow.