You may not know this about me, but I love to travel. Some of my favorite destinations have been Paris, France; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Maui, Hawaii; and several beaches in mainland USA. There's something special about leaving your home and experiencing a new place, new people, and sometimes a new culture. Traveling opens your horizons, expands your mind, and fills your soul. It inspires you to do more with your life, and I'm always looking forward to the next adventure. There is something about traveling, though, that we've all experienced before. It's that jittery, excited/nervous feeling that we get the night before we leave. Some people can ignore that tingle in the back of their mind, but others (like myself) feel it so strongly that they are unable to sleep or focus until they are on their way.
Paris, 2008
We call this feeling "Wanderlust," which is perfectly fine. For today, though, we're going to look at the Swedish name for this mass of jittery nerves. They call it Resfeber. Resfeber (RACE-fay-ber) is a Swedish word that translates into "The restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins. When anxiety and anticipation are tangled together; a ‘travel fever’ that can manifest as an illness." *sigh* For me, this defines the actual feeling better than wanderlust ever could. Plus, it's a little romantic. "The restless race of the traveler's heart before the journey begins." How can wanderlust ever compare to that? The origins of this word are unknown, but I do know that it is a noun. Using Resfeber in a sentence might be difficult, but the meaning can always be incorporated. Some examples may include:
"A feeling of nervous anxiety settled over the group as they boarded the plane. What would they find once they landed?" "The resfeber was overwhelming, and he had no choice but to obey." "This feeling of resfeber is normal, dear. There's nothing to worry about."
So, where has Resfeber taken you? Let me know! And, if you'd like to know more about this enchanting Swedish word, you can check out Interglot, The Resfeber, Bab.la, and Kickass Trips. The photo is my own.