Many of us ache for distant places and crave to travel, which is aptly termed as a feeling of ‘Fernweh.’ Constantly whirling in this universe with a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about, only to understand one’s existence. So many of us just keep dreaming this dream.
Right before our travel exploit is about to start, we are surrounded by these feelings of Resfeber, where our restless heart is racing before the journey has begun… a moment when anxiety and anticipation tangles together… It is in these moments that a traveler’s heart comes closer to experience escapism. These expeditions lead us to our euphoria!
Any traveler’s true inspiration can fully emanate from the laudable story of Christopher McCandless as adapted and depicted in the book and movie titled ‘Into the Wild.’ McCandless shed his legal name, got rid of his wealth & possessions and the 20th century invention that we now call ‘career’ and headed into Alaskan wilderness, and adopted the moniker “Alexander Supertramp.” He was a man who thought much and believed that nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. To him, the very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
Supertramp survived for approximately 119 days in the Alaskan wilderness, foraging for edible roots and berries, shooting an assortment of game—including a moose—and keeping a journal. He mistook a poisonous plant as edible and died later that week due to starvation.
Remarkable words from the book that goes something like this :
“He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and wilful and wildhearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight.”
His life ended rather unusually. But his life was a euphonius tale to learn about.
As is worded in the book :
“That’s what was great about him. He tried. Not many do.”
Many of us will never be able to give up on civilization and profitable careers as he and many others did. But their stories are a reminder to walk this Earth with the eyes of a traveler and not a tourist.
This serves as my motivation to continue to take up travel expeditions and to strengthen the core of my existence through new experiences.