A cynic would consider the term wanderlust an Instagram fuelled cliché, over-used and driven by marketers to make you buy more flights, more tours, more cameras and more mantivity-pants*. The same cynic might consider a wanderlust festival a cacophony of green smoothies, yoga classes, beautiful scenery, earnest conversations about sustainability and a bunch of people high-fiving each other for being awesome.


A cynic might rage on the inside when they see an old high school friend post “Just woke up at Lake Taupo this morning, it’s so peaceful here with my friends #gogreen #yoga #wanderlust”. The same cynic might come to the realisation that their rage is thinly veiled jealousy, and the cliché they have come to hate is something they simply don’t understand.


It is very easy to criticise, but it is very hard to do something uncomfortable. It could be proclaiming your thoughts publicly, opening yourself to those who criticise, or taking on financial insecurity to pursue a passion. Embedding yourself into a foreign culture, running up a hill, jumping into a cold river or talking to strangers can be uncomfortable.Discomfort can be associated with risk, risk can be associated with challenge, and while it is hard to take on a challenge, facing a challenge brings satisfaction.Discomfort, risk and challenge are addictive, purely because satisfaction is necessary. If we are not satisfied, we are searching for satisfaction.

So how do we describe the passionate search for satisfaction? Wanderlust, of course.

I’m thrilled to be joining the Wanderlust Festival in Taupo from Feb 4 – 7. Adventure awaits as I will dive into a 4-day celebration of mindful living. Surrounded by one of New Zealand’s best outdoor playgrounds, the aim is to find your true north (read: passionately searching for satisfaction by taking on new perspectives, opening our hearts, and feeling empowered). Said search will be greatly facilitated by an incredible variety of yoga and meditation classes, concerts and workshops, conversations with powerful beings ranging from prominent authors to health experts and business leaders, as well as plenty of outdoorsy adventures including SUP, horseback riding and kayaking.

See you there!

*beige nylon pants, usually ill-cut with cargo pockets, often with a zip-off short option, deemed necessary by those in power for walking/exploring/dining whenever in a foreign country (see how not to look like an idiot when travelling for more information).

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