Q: How did you come up with the name for your blog? What does it mean?
A: Great question! Fernweh is essentially the German translation for wanderlust. It’s a crave for travel and is often described as being homesick for a place you’ve never been. I’ve loved the word since the first time I ever heard it, as I finally felt I had found a way to describe my desire for wanting to explore the world.
Q: What is the main purpose of your blog?
A: This blog serves as my personal travel journal, made public so that other travelers like myself might find useful information for their own travels. The information here is strictly from my personal experiences. I do not claim nor try to be a travel expert, meaning that I’m not here to write detailed “how-to” articles and that I’ll only ever give my personal opinion on destinations I’ve actually visited. However, if I stumble across something particularly useful, I do share it in the “Travel Tips” section of my blog under the “Travel Resources” tab with the link to the appropriate source.
Q: Have you ever studied abroad?
A: Sure thing! I spent Fall 2010 in Alicante, Spain. During my time there, rather than exploring all of Europe, I decided to solely travel within my host country. Why? I knew there would be other opportunities to return to Europe, but most likely I would never again have the opportunity to actually live in another county. It allowed me to really immerse myself in the culture and experience all Spain had to offer. Overall, study abroad was one of the best experiences of my life, and I encourage all students to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities such programs offer.
Q: Are you a full-time or long-term traveler?
A: Oh, how I wish! That would truly be the dream. I do try to go somewhere new at least once a year though, even if it’s just a new city or a new state. Who knows though, maybe someday I’ll be able to travel long-term once my husband and I retire… the future is full of possibilities!
Q: What’s your “philosophy” of travel?
A: To me personally, I make a differentiation between vacation and travel. Lounging on the beach in Mexico is a fabulous vacation! Yet, if I’m only there to relax at the resort, I don’t consider that traveling by my definition. When I travel, I do so to experience the culture, the food, the people, the language. I’m looking to immerse myself in a world that’s totally foreign to me, to make it a personal, educational, and cultural experience. I enjoy seeing the main sights–after all, who goes to Rome without seeing the Colosseum?–but I try not to make the “touristy spots” the focus of my trip. I like to find hidden gems and do as the locals do. I’m perfectly content wandering around a city aimlessly or sitting at a cafe, just taking in the scenery and appreciating the new world I’m in. It’s a beautiful thing to find new parts of myself, while also leaving pieces of myself behind. That is travel to me. It should be an experience and an adventure.
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