BEtween friends: The gains of wanderlust PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015 14:22

By: Linda Cababa – espinosa, ED. D.


When we go far back in time, we learn from books and oral encounters that travel many, many years ago took so much time – many days, many weeks and even months to reach an intended destination because travel had to be done on foot or on the backs or carts drawn by animals, or on little boats that had to be paddled or sailed at the mercy of the wind.

The discomforts and dangers of travel were agonizingly great but man had to do it anyway to meet social and economic needs and, although not readily admitted, to satisfy his love for adventure and joy of discovery of other places.

With the advance of travel technology, it has become very easy today to go from one place to another in the shortest time possible.  Travel has not only become easier, faster, but especially more comfortable and therefore very enjoyable.  Today, man has the choice of various modern modes of travel – bicycle, motorcycle, bus, car, speeding train, giant ships and airplanes that fly almost as fast as the wind.  And among each of these, one may choose according to one’s comfort preference and how much time one has to get there.  What used to take several weeks or months now takes only a few hours.  And what took several days now only takes a few minutes.  The quest to satisfy one’s wanderlust is so much easier today because the speed and comfort of modern travel allows the wanderer to arrive at several places in shorter time and therefore gives the wanderer a wider geographical conquest.

I developed an itchy pair of feet for travel as a child as I went from one fairytale adventure to another. I grew up using my elementary free periods seated on the floor of a corner of the school library and travelled to other lands on the wings of giant birds and flying carpets.  The older I grew the more determined I became to go to other lands.

My dream upon my high school graduation was to take up Foreign Service, find my way to work in an embassy which would allow me to see other places in performance of my duties.  At that time, the nearest city with the course was Cebu. The brother who supported my studies, told me he couldn’t support, my tuition, dormitory, allowance and other miscellaneous expenses.  He further suggested I take an inexpensive course in one of the local schools.  One that could get me a job as soon as possible. My dream of seeing the world died that day and that’s how I ended in the classroom for almost 40 years of my life. But two years after college, God’s mercy intervened and destiny resurrected my dream and the wanderlust was slowly fulfilled first through a Master scholarship abroad that also generously funded tours to many places and provided the qualifications that would, through the years, at very little personal expense, send me to literary workshops, conventions and seminars in different provinces and countries abroad.

Two years ago I came back from a two-year wanderlust from several South East Asian countries while teaching college and graduate school, upon invitation, at Norton University in the Kingdom of Cambodia.  It was a trip that broke the restlessness and the ennui of four years of inactivity after retirement from a local university. Christmas and New Year 2014 was so much fun with Betty Alcantara, a former college classmate, and her family in Soldiers’ Hills, Muntinlupa who fed my wanderlust with trips to Batangas, Laguna and Quezon and surrounding malls.

The more one travels, the more one realizes there is so much more to see, to know and to learn about the world.  And each trip whets the wanderlust appetite for the next trip, and the next, and the next…

With all the modern modes of comfortable travel making places around the world so much easier to reach, my feet have not stopped itching and my wanderlust continues.