Wanderlust: n. “a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”

It is a singular response this urge to go.  Most people don’t understand it, get it or choose to do it.  I have.  Since my childhood.  Even as a kid growing up in India, the books, magazines and comics I read instilled this desire to see, explore, learn.  It has never gone away.  Some people think staying put and building a life is what life is all about.  Maybe.  And I know most people do and have.  But are they happy?  Not me. The urge to wander is strong. Curious what is up ahead, around that bend, over that hill, across the great divide.  After decades of a life, my first marriage, raising kids and a booming business in Colorado, I was suddenly done with it all.  2008 came, the marriage had dissolved, the business was done, my heart was acting up. It was a time for change.  I met Judith who amazingly has this urge as well.  So off we went.  The two of us bouncing around Canada, USA and Mexico.  She is way more practical and frugal than me, but she thought it was important to fulfill this wish of mine to go… considering perhaps that my time was short.  We gave up big houses, big cars, big possessions which we put in storage and lived simply with just a few things.  It was the happiest time of my life and hers.  Most of my friends still joke…” where in the world is Masood?” Most of our family thought we were nuts and kept demanding we “settle down”.  What does that mean?  A job, a house, a mortgage, tied to a desk working for the man?  Sometimes stuck in a city, a place that you don’t want to be in? I think living on the road, traveling, meeting new people, seeing and exploring new things… it gives me a purpose.  What is it like to live in beautiful British Columbia Canada, The Pacific Northwest, New England, The deep South, Florida on a beach, In Mexico with its awesome food and people…been there, done that I say.  I wish I had the money and time to go do this all over the world.  I was a great admirer of Anthony Bourdain and deeply saddened by his sudden passing. What a great job he had.  Humbly meeting people all over the world, eating with them, not judging people or cultures but truly just observing.  The clock is ticking. Life is short. For me the most important thing is to be in nature, to travel, to live simply and just see.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

Places lived in from 2009-2019                          24

Miles on the road from 2009-2019                   35,618

1Denver, CO
2Calgary, Alberta
3Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
4Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
5Austin, TX
6Beaufort, SC
7Lake Lure, NC (RV)
8Gulf Shores, AL (RV)
9Fort Lauderdale, FL (RV)
10Naples, FL (RV)
11Calgary, Alberta
12Vancouver, British Columbia
13Sidney, Vancouver Island
14Irvine, CA
15Greenville, SC
16Naples, FL
17Denver, CO
18Arvada, CO
19Orland, Maine
20Vero Beach, FL
21Denver, CO
22Aiken, SC
23Litchfield, CT
24Parker, CO

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” – Unknown

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

Bob Seger – Roll me away.

Stood alone on a mountain top
Starin’ out at the Great Divide
I could go east, I could go west
It was all up to me to decide
Just then I saw a young hawk flyin’
And my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin’ Roll, roll me away
I’m gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin’, gotta keep ridin’
Keep searchin’ till I find what’s right
And as the sunset faded I spoke
To the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
Next time
We’ll get it right

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Mohamed S Ali says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog. Many changes in your life over the years.
    Sometimes circumstances create those changes. It was fun meeting you and Judith recently. Keep in touch.
    Love
    Uncle Sageer.

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    1. Masood says:

      Thanks Sageer Uncle. You are probably going to get tired of us keeping in touch. ❤️ hugs.

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  2. Zakiah says:

    Love the way you write Masoodan. I am so glad you traveled the lengths and breadths of this land. I pray you can continuer to do this for a long time to come. Take me with you when you go next. MAN! that Winnebago you showed—— who needs a home when you have that.

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    1. Masood says:

      Ha ha. Thought you would like that coach. It is a home.

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  3. Anwar Ali says:

    Nice read I enjoyed it. I have done a little bit of traveling myself, been a few years.

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    1. Masood says:

      Thanks. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness”. Everyone should travel. Should be an expected rule. Like going to school. 🙏😎

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  4. How wanderful and wonderful! 😀 OH, I’m so glad you have had the chance to scratch that wanderlust itch! 🙂
    You and Judith have been to some beautiful places!
    The thing I like most about traveling is the people I meet along the way! I learn so much from them! It is healthy for all of us to experience how the rest of the world lives and not just be stuck in our little corner of it. 🙂 I think human-beans would be better, kinder, less judgmental, ETC. if they would “walk a mile in other people’s shoes”. 🙂
    HUGS!!!
    Carolyn 🙂
    PS…thank you for sharing your travels, and those great quotes with us! 🙂

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    1. Masood says:

      Appreciate the so many smiley faces feedback. Glad you enjoyed the read and the journey. : }

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  5. r_hsw says:

    ‘For me the most important thing is to be in nature, to travel, to live simply and just see.’ … this is what i believe in. traveling to many places is still something i’m still working on. saving up money just to explore the world and the food it has to offer, one place at a time.

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    1. Masood says:

      Thank you for the comment. There are many of us in the world with this wanderlust.

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