1902, borrowing or calque of German Wanderlust (“desire for wandering”), compound of Wander (noun form of wandern (“to wander”)) and Lust (“pleasure, joy”), equivalent to English wander + lust.
wanderlust (countable and uncountable, plural wanderlusts)
- A strong impulse or longing to travel.
- Synonyms: itchy feet, travel bug
- Antonyms: homesickness
1912, Robert W. Service, “The Wanderlust”, in Rhymes of a Rolling Stone:
- The Wanderlust has lured me to the seven lonely seas, / Has dumped me on the tailing-piles of dearth; / The Wanderlust has haled me from the morris chairs of ease, / Has hurled me to the ends of all the earth.
a strong impulse or longing to travel