Road Envy: The Opposite of Homesickness

 What is the opposite of homesickness?


A while ago, I was thinking about possible alternatives to the word “homesick” or the idea of “homesickness”.  After contemplating the thought, I came to the conclusion that we don’t really have any good terms associated with homesickness. Sure we have wanderlust, cabin fever, and a few more, but those words do not seem to do the topic justice in my eyes.

Therefore, in light of this issue, I have decided to introduce a new term to describe homesickness: road envy. Since homesickness is the notion that we miss the pleasures of home, the term road envy is the idea that someone is envious of the idea of being on the road. Thus, the term was born.

Since I first left home a few years ago, I haven’t really ever gotten home sick.  In fact, the more that I am on the road, the more that I seek it.  The road becomes a part of you.  The experiences that you have, the people who you meet, the places that you visit, all become something that is forever ingrained in your soul.  The soul of a traveler is curious body addicted to experience.

I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing, but the more you travel, the less you seem to want to go back to your old way of living.  Recently, I read over an article from an author who expressed what he has learned in the last few years of his traveling.  After reading it, I engaged in a dialogue with him, asking him if he thought that a long-term traveler could return to normal life.  His answer, was not too far from mine, “I’m still trying to figure that one out”.

Travel on my friends.

Pura vida


What do you think?

Have you had road envy before? Or do you get homesick? Let us know in the comments below.


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  1. “The soul of a traveler is a curious body addicted to experience”…I love that. You should probably read The Blue of Distance by Rebecca Solnit. It’s fantastic.

  2. I love it! It doesn’t take but a couple of days without travel for it to set in for me…I’ll uselessly addicted!
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  3. Love this post. I found it trying to figure out a word for the way that I was feeling and actually settled on using wanderlust. I like your concept as well.

    By the way, I’m still trying to figure it out as well.

  4. I like it! I was going to say that I’ve got itchy feet after being home for a while but maybe it should be road envy.

    I will be flying next week, so is it adaptable to plane envy, sea envy…..?
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