Extreme Wanderlust: Homesick for the UK
Have you ever missed something so badly that it very nearly physically hurts your heart to not have it? That you would do damn near anything to get it? That’s how my day has gone.
It was only two study abroad trips but my time in the UK was so life-changing that I would solidly call it home. With soul searching, traveling, being away from what I had previously known as home, and feeling really, truly, as though I was in a place where I fully belonged.
2011. College vs. the UK
Senior in college, getting ready to face the work force head-on, excited to see the world, I hopped on a plane to live and study theatre and dance in London. Those three months (and one week and one day according to my father- but who’s counting?) were exactly what I needed. To get away from everything I knew and just be me for a while. We had day trips everywhere from Oxford to Cambridge, Canterbury, Windsor, Eton, Stratford-upon-Avon, and so much more. We spent time traveling north to York, Edinburgh, and the Lakes District (which has become our honeymoon destination. Go figure). I danced in studios across London and got to immerse myself in the theatre culture there. It was like living in a dream.
2013. Librarians in London
Even shorter. One whirlwind of a month. Living right on the South Bank near the National Theatre. Studying libraries and archives. And Shakespeare. And even more transformative. I made lifelong friends this time. Traveled to some new places and to some of my favorite places in the world. More time in the Lakes District, time in Dalkeith and Edinburgh, visiting old friendships forged last time and enjoying new experiences. Adventures in hiking, climbing, kayaking, and swimming completed this trip.
Sometimes, the travel bug bites. And when it does, it bites HARD. I would give nearly anything to go back. And we will get to when we arrive at honeymoon. And in the meantime, I will just have to continue longing to go back. And exploring more attainable destinations.
Have you had any life-changing travel experiences? Share your stories in the comments!