The definition of coddiwomple is “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination”.
Coddiwomple is an English slang word but one which should easily be added to your vocabulary. currently I am coddiwompling my way through life. I’m officially a coddiwompling addict. Ask anyone who knows me… If I don’t coddiwomple daily withdrawals kick in I get moody, irritable and I moan – a lot! Therefore, I require lots of snacks to get me through the boredom of being in one place for too long.
It all sounds like a fairy tale word. Here is how it actually applies to real life travel.
When I do travel, I travel with a purpose. My purpose is to adventure, have fun, laugh, explore, learn, try new things and meet new people. Mostly, in places where I have no idea what to expect. This is one part of travelling I love, when you have no expectations of where you’re going, what is going to happen. Then you stumble upon unexpected moments and memories, which if they hadn’t occurred wouldn’t have left you disappointed. Sometimes in travel and life expectations can be the very thing that destroy an incredible place, a moment, even a memory. All because it was not how you imagined it. For me, this shows why coddiwompling is the best way to travel. You have your purpose, but you have no expectations of what you will find.
Take for instance my previous blog where I climbed and kayaked over to the Svartisen glacier in Norway. When travelling on the road I had no idea it would be there. Even if it hadn’t of accidentally stumbled upon the glacier, it would not have mattered to me. When the glacier came into view, I imagined what it would be like to touch it and that is what I did. My purpose to explore was the bit inside me which drove me to kayak over to the glacier. I wanted to know what it was like close up. It left me with questions in my own head, what did it look like close up? What would it feel like? Would I be able to touch it?
The Norwegian coddiwomple:
If you want to know the answers to my previous questions then check out ‘The Svartisen Glacier’ blog:
Or to see an incredible video of the glacier:
When expectation can ruin travel:
I travelled to Geiranger fjord to see the world-famous seven sisters water fall, which turned out to be a major disappointment for me! Because the expectation had been built up that it was going to be incredible and a jaw dropping moment, for the thousand of other tourists maybe it was. For me who had visited the incredible Lofoten islands, which has incredible mountain range which go on for miles, waterfalls, lakes and views around each corner.
Also, I had witnessed whirlpools at the Saltstraumen a few weeks ago which has the world’s strongest tidal current and each day you can see whirlpools. Which are jaw dropping and the power of nature leaves you breathless. Still although disappointed in the beauty of what I saw my purpose had still been fulfilled. I don’t dispute that I was only disappointed as I had been spoiled by the North of Norway!
You can see the video of the Gerainger Fjord with the Seven Sister’s and Fiancee waterfall here let me know what you think and leave a comment below:
Finally, one of the underlying aims of The Adventure Diary is to guide whoever reads this to work out there coddiwompling purpose! Your coddiwompling may be completely different to ours it may involve you driving around where you live, even walking around the area, long road trips, holidays abroad or anything which just pushes you out of your comfort zone! Have a purpose and go and see the world before it’s too late…get yourself a bit coddiwompling in your life!
Check this blog out to read more about the Lofoten Islands:
Or to see some incredible whirlpools click here: