Whilst it’s easy to translate Heimweh (homesickness) into English, I am really struggling to find an English word to describe Fernweh. Perhaps you can help.
Homesickness: “a feeling of longing for your home during a period of absence from it.“
Example: ” I have lived in Germany for 22 years and have never felt homesick”
Maybe we can use these words but I am not convinced.
Wanderlust: “a strong desire to travel.”
Itchy feet: “a sense of boredom or restlessness causing a desire to travel or move on.”
When compared with homesickness these definitions do not seem strong enough. There is no suggestion of pain or heartache.
What do you think?