Longing for the wilderness / pining for the fjords

Strone Hill, Scotland

There’s the consuming ache inside of me to wander to some remote place and just be there. It’s like that itch you get to have a new piercing or get another tattoo; you have to scratch it.

I remember being aware of my mortality as a kid (who wants to think about Barbies when you can worry about life being too short?) and wanting to travel the world to explore new cultures and scenery has always been something I’ve placed a high importance on.

My eyes are greedy, and there are so many places I long to see.

I can’t be doing with modern day busy life. It’s hectic, it’s a mess, and all we hear day in day out is terrible things going on in the world. I want to just get away from that and be away from the ‘outside world’.

When I went to Scotland earlier in the year, it felt just like that. It was just me, my Mum, and Tom exploring and appreciating beautiful scenery. Though we went to towns, and even popped into Edinburgh, most of the week it felt like we were removed from civilisation, and that was so nice.

Maybe you call it burying my head in the sand, and perhaps it is to a certain extent, but it’s nice not to hear about all the terrible stuff that’s happening in the world.

Most days, I feel like I’m just not wired right for modern day life. Sure, I love technology but I wish life was easier and simpler. I’d love to spend my days exploring nature and the wilderness.

Who says I have to sit behind a desk forever? Who says I can’t go adventuring and exploring beautiful and stunning places where there’s no trace of civilisation? No gaudy skyscrapers or advertising boards. Just miles, and miles of mountains, trees, or water.

  • I want to explore forests
  • I want to watch a sunrise from the top of a mountain
  • I want to kayak across beautiful lakes
  • I want to see the Northern Lights

And dammit, I’m going to do my best to do those things.

Do you long to travel? Or have you not been bitten by the travel bug? 

*If you did not get the reference in the title, watch this. To this day, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. John Cleese might be my patronus.

  • About once a week I decide I want to just get a camper van and live in the wilderness somewhere, but I keep getting talked out of it by people who use words like “adult” and “responsibility”. I need to stop listening to them.

    • Those people are stupid! Don’t listen to them.

      It would be so cool to live in a campervan and adventure. I’d love to do that around America and Canada.

  • I do long to travel. I have decided that I’m going to go to Alaska at some point. I’m not sure you’ll get as far from civilization as that. I bet the Northern Lights would look amazing from there (and i’ll even try to fish). It absolutely petrifies me to think from now on I’ll just be a worker bee. I’m not ready for that!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

    • That would be amazing! Can I come with you? I’d love to go. I used to watch Ice Road Truckers for the landscape 😛

      I’m with you on that. I’m not afraid of hard work, but I don’t want to work to live. No one does, I guess, we just end up having to. DAMN BILLS!

  • I love Scotland. I’m also pining to get out in the wild. Am heading to Iceland soon and I can’t wait to see some landscape that’s so alien to where we live.


    • Wow, that will be amazing. When are you going?

      I’d love to do a tour around Iceland on the ring road. It looks so beautiful.

      • I have literally just got back. It was incredible, I can’t put it into words how much I loved Reykjavik. I’m planning to rent a campervan and go back in the nearish future (2017) with some friends to do a tour of the coast but I think we’ll need at least 3 weeks to do it! Will eventually put it into words in a blog post I’m sure!

  • You should definitely do your best to do those things! I fancy going to a woodcabin for a week and spending my time walking, writing and crocheting. I’m going on holiday to Cornwall on Saturday and I am looking forward to getting away from it all and relaxing.

    • Oooh. That will be lovely, I hope you have a good time. Go to St Michael’s Mount if you can 🙂

  • That’s definitely the feeling I get when I go home to Scotland. Just being. It’s so peaceful and beautiful – so completely different from life in London.

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

  • carlyvanwatts

    I can be quite funny about travelling because I’m quite a homebody, saying that, I do love the idea of wandering around nature & exploring the countryside. I like the outdoors too! xxx

  • Loving the parrot sketch reference. 🙂
    This post is lovely. I often feel the same way. So many places, so little time!