If you’re like most people I know you looked at that word above and went “What in all gracious HELL is a fernweh?!”
Now you know.
I have had fernweh bad since my grandma passed back in 2011. My grandma was fantastic, she traveled everywhere, the only place she never went to was Antartica. Name any other place she’s been there. New York? Check! Canada? Duh! South Africa? You friggin bet!
I was lucky enough that during my summer vacations my she would always take me somewhere, sometimes my cousin would tag along too. Jackson Hole, Disneyland, any national park in the U.S., etc. If I wanted to go there, she would make up an itinerary in 24 hours, then, we were on our way. I learned so many things, I saw sights that a lot of people only dream of. That way of life stuck with me. My grandma instilled her love of travel in me and when she passed it only grew stronger. I keep reminding myself:
“You have big shoes to fill.”
Now that I have Owlet in my life I have this overwhelming desire to share the world with her. And not in a metaphorical way. Could you imagine? Go to China, learn about the Great Wall of China. Go to Mexico, learn about the Gulf of Mexico. Go to Pearl Harbor lear– well the list would go on for days if you let me continue. Anyway.
The past 3 months my little girl has been on this planet I keep telling myself that I’m going to take her everywhere! But have yet to make any real plans… I Pin places we could go or things we could do… Someday..
I only recently began REALLY looking into how I could do what I really want to do: Pick up what we need and.. well.. travel.. with no end date in sight. My grandma did it, why can’t I with my family?
Now we run into a problem here, my grandma had hard earned money saved up and she waited until retirement to travel the world. I’ll be honest, I do not have that kind of patience. I also don’t believe I should have to wait until I’m 50-60 years old to live out my dream, I certainly won’t teach Owlet that, that’s the way to do things. SO the problem remains, how in the heck would I fund Daddy Owl, Owlet and myself traveling around the world, comfortably and indefinitely?
I’ll let you know when I have a detailed answer for you. For now, I’ll dream, research, and plan. But this wheel is turning, and I’ll be damned if I press the brakes now