a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

1850–55; < German, equivalent to wander(n) to wander + Lust desire; see lust

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wanderlust (ˈwɒndəˌlʌst)
a great desire to travel and rove about
[German, literally: wander desire]

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Word Origin & History

1902, from Ger. Wanderlust, lit. "desire for wandering" (see lust).
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wanderlust definition

A German word for the irresistibly strong desire to travel or wander.

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Example sentences
She undertook this globetrotting adventure for two reasons: to feed her
  wanderlust and to ponder her own final resting place.
Perhaps they set out in search of food, or maybe it was simply wanderlust.
Few other experiences will sate your wanderlust better.
Sapiens have succeeded to this point by being cunning and having a strong
  wanderlust gene.
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