Wanderlust; an irrevocable urge to travel and explore, a very common feeling across the people of the world, felt by any and all who feel stuck, be it in life, work, relationships, or a plethora of other reasons.
Though for some this urge comes and goes with time, and for others it’s a constant; a whisper in our minds telling us to conquer the fear, forget the what-ifs, and get on the next plane to the most unique location we could imagine.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Though for many people, obligations to work and/or family needs keeps the dreams of travel as just that; dreams.
But what many need to realize is that courage is like a muscle, and you need to exercise it and feed it to make it grow enough to take action.
So here you are on a Friday night, a twenty something year old who feels there’s more to life, you just finished work which you’re not sure makes you happy, and you’re at home with your take out on its way.
Sounds like a good scenario to watch some documentaries about travel!
1. A Map for Saturday
On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday.
This one is a personal favorite; released in 2007, A Map for Saturday follows the journey of Brook Silva-Braga, a former HBO employee who quit his job and sold most worldly possessions to travel across the world for eleven months.
His journey starts with him sharing good-byes with colleagues and family, before setting out to Sydney, Australia.
It’s from there that the documentary really captures the essence of traveling as a traveler and not as a tourist, a point clearly defined by Rolf Potts in his book about Vagabonding.
Watching his adventure; the short-lived, but passionate and fiery romance of two travelers who both know they have a limited time together, the friends and memories created and shared during these intersecting moments of different wanderers. It a surreal experience, one that will definitely get you wanting to hit the road to create new moments in your life.
2. American Nomads (BBC Documentary)
Travels with Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, and Bull-riders.
Another favorite of mine, though unlike A Map for Saturday, American Nomads explores the different forms of travelers and wanderers within the United States. From the Train Hoppers going from coast to coast, to the strange charm of Slab City, California, Richard Grant shows us different lifestyles within the USA that share one thing in common; Life on the Road.
3. The Endless Summer
Finding the Perfect Wave
With San Diego’s large surfing community, it would only make sense to add Bruce Brown’s The Endless Summer, a journey following Michael Hynson and Robert August on their round the world surfing adventure, from the sandy beaches of California, they travel to Hawaii, Australia, South Africa and others to find a surfers nirvana, all to the instrumental guitar music by The Sandals.
Not a bad way to spend the evening.
What do you do when you want to charge up your wanderlust? Let us know in the comments down below.