Today we’re going to talk about wanderlust – that never-ending longing to explore another part of the world, to seek out new adventures and atmospheres. While many types experience wanderlust, ENFPs as a whole seem to be driven by this desire more than many other types. A thirst for adventure is never far from the ENFP soul, and this thirst often drives the ENFP across many different landscapes and exotic regions of the world. They long to explore new realms, live on the brink, get out of their comfort zones, and surround themselves with the new and the undiscovered.
“I want to go everywhere, talk to everyone, and experience all cultures and foods.” said one ENFP I spoke with. Another said, “I am thinking of putting aside $30K and disappearing from Western civilization for a year to live in solace somewhere in the villages of South America. Or I might just be a drifter for a year. Drive around in my car with nothing but a few clothes, some documents in the glove box, and a handful of necessities. Just travel around the country and see what I run into.”
Where Does the Wanderlust Come From?
MBTI expert and psychologist David Kiersey said about ENFPs; “Champions have a wide range and variety of emotions, and a great passion for novelty, and so can become bored rather quickly with both situations and people, and resist repeating experiences.” This restlessness could explain their desire to not stay in one place for too long and the urge discover the uncharted parts of the world.
ENFPs have dominant Extraverted Intuition. This function is all about seeing possibilities and interconnections between things. Ne-dominant types have a constant desire to explore new ideas, new surroundings, new experiences. Staying put is harder for them than for many other types – there’s the constant nagging feeling of missing out on this beautiful world they live in. They don’t want to die without having seen all there is to see, felt all there was to feel, walked in shoes that are run-down from climbing trees or walking miles down new roads. ENFPs have a zest for life and a gung-ho spirit that is inspiring to many others.
Author Anais Nin, an ENFP, captured their mindset well when she said “Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
ENFPs don’t always need to speak a language to connect with someone. They can see ways to connect to a culture all around them, and easily pick up on cultural cues and customs. They are excellent with people and are very attentive to the individuals they meet during their travels – always curious to know more about another lifestyle, another culture, hungering for another perspective to see through. They are the friendly backpackers at a youth hostel, the volunteers working abroad on a farm or signing up for a university exchange. As long as they live they will probably always have a thirst to see more, do more, and to discover more new landscapes and cultures.
Dr. A.J. Drenth said of ENFPs, “ENFPs use their Ne to sniff out intriguing possibilities. They enjoy the role of wanderer or seeker. They rarely know in advance precisely what they are seeking, which is partly why they find it so exhilarating. Ne entails a sense of blind anticipation and expectation, of not knowing who or what will manifest next in their life journey.”