Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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verb [no object, with adverbial of direction] chiefly Scottish & Irish
- wander about, roam, travel through: stravaiging about the roads
Stravaig is often used to describe casual or aimless wandering. Seems like a good idea to me! So much of our lives are spent aimed at accomplishing tasks and doing what has to be done. As a result, most people talk about how busy they are and how exhausted they are. We barely ever just take times for ourselves - especially without a purpose!
The word stravaig made its appearance in Scots in the later part of the eighteenth century. It is thought to have its roots in an obsolete Scots word extravage meaning to wander about or to digress, when used of speech. This, in turn, is derived from Latin extravagare meaning to wander or to go beyond limits. This is related to the English word extravagant.
This certainly seems to fit in with what we're doing. No simple trip or vacation for us. Many would refer to it as quite extravagant. And the notion of moving beyond limits, well, that's what I continually try to do when travelling. Push around the next corner, try to find that even more remote village, be pushed out of the comfort zone of language and familiarity. And to digress as in speech, well, just read Brian's travel tips :)
On this trip, I will take this wee bit o' Scot'ish wisdom with me. I will strive to stravaig a bit more...Forget about the obsession with the goal and getting there, but try to enjoy the journey along the way. Try not to worry if we get off course, as sometimes the best surprises come when you're not expecting it. I want to enjoy and 'feel' places rather than race to the next destination. Besides, it seems to fit in line with our new career move: vagabond.
- 1. wandering from place to place without any settled home.
- 2. nomadic.
- 3. leading an unsettled or carefree life.
- 4 having an uncertain or irregular course or direction.