What Does Fernweh Mean?

When I found the word fernweh I felt such a connection with it because it’s a word that embodied exactly what I was feeling. A few years later I am still wondering if I should change the name of my blog, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. No one seems to know the meaning of fernweh or how to pronounced it. So I thought I would share with anyone who didn’t know what fernweh means and explain exactly why I chose the name – The Fernweh Wolf. 


Pronounced: Fern – weh – a crave for travel; being homesick for places you’ve never been.


I chose Fernweh because I don’t think there is a better word for how I feel about travelling. I’ve always been a dreamer and believe in going for what I want despite the social pressures around me. I am extremely good at fantasizing about places in my head, places that my heart craves, and I get such an attachment to them. I can imagine myself living in these cities and places I’ve never been too. Exploring the streets, drinking lattes in cafes, enjoying a beautiful view of the city or nature.

Fernweh is a longing for places you’ve never been, a crave for the movement to be home in a city you’ve never seen or felt before. I think fernweh is a beautiful world as well, something that sounds feminine, effortless and elegant.

I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen in love with cities I’ve never seen, forests I’ve never walked through or mountains I’ve never climbed. Everyday I fall for somewhere new and dream about the life I could have there. The feeling of walking through an unknown feeds my soul. Knowing one day I will touch another piece of Earth gives me an unmatched happiness that is hard to explain.



Now For Wolf

Since I was little I have been obsessed with wolves. Everything about them mesmerizes me. They are loyal and fierce, beautiful and dangerous, they are extremely strong with their pack but have the strength to be alone. Everything in their nature resonates with me.

Wolves connect us to our primal selves. When you see a wolf you’re reminded of how we used to be. Having a connection with something from the wild reminds us that we used to be wild as well. That we used to explore and move and be apart of nature. Wolves mirror us in a way. Their bonds with family is strong, they take care of each other and learn from one another.

You can’t tame wolves. Even if you think you have them domesticated they will still be miserable inside because they are meant to be wild. They need the freedom. Dogs were bred for a reason and while I am a canine person and love animals more than I can explain, you cannot turn a wolf into a dog. It’s against their nature, but that doesn’t mean they can’t love. And I guess that resonates with me even more. We are told to get a job, buy a house, have kids, get a nice car.. Which are all great. But they can’t feed your soul like travelling and exploring does. For me it’s natural to wander, I’ve never fit in but I like to think I wasn’t meant to 🙂



Why did I choose this name?

It only felt natural to combines my two favourite words to create what you now know as

Fernweh Wolf. 




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  • Reply
    Diana Maria
    April 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, I absolutely love this! I’ve never heard of the word fernweh, but I can completely relate to that feeling! There are so many cities and countries I crave to visit even though I’ve never been before; I think that’s part of what makes traveling so exciting in the first place. Love the name of your blog, and the explanation for it fits so perfectly!

    My Lovelier Days

    • Reply
      May 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      I glad you can relate to it! It’s such a meaning full word that holds so much. The desire to explore and discover new things feeds the soul even if it’s just daydreaming about it :]
      Thanks Diana :]

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    Tee | Rotten One
    April 30, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hi! Actually, one of the reasons that compelled me to visit your blog was because I knew the meaning of fernweh. I lived in Germany for a year and this is one of my most favorite words that I felt described how I felt, especially since there is no direct translation of it into English! I loved it so much that I am still considering getting the word tattooed on my wrist 🙂 Cheers! x

    P.S. Wolves are awesome!

    Tee @ http://www.rotten-one.com

    • Reply
      May 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Aw that’s awesome I’m glad I got the translation right then :] I’m very jealous that you got to live in Germany it must have been an amazing time! And that would look gorgeous on the wrist. Very dainty and pretty :]

  • Reply
    April 25, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Hey Shelby 🙂
    It’s funny, I did wonder about the beautiful name of your blog a few times, but just thought it must be some insider secret ;). I loved reading about the meanings of the words – it is like hearing the backstory to someone’s tattoo. It is personal and revealing, yet so very touchingly human. And can I just say, I keep thinking that you look like a gorgeous wolf with those incredible eyes of yours! Many a time have I been jealous when I looked at the photos of you :), stunning.

    I have that same need to travel. Have you ever thought to yourself: is there one patch of earth where no human has ever stood? I sometimes think that, and wonder about all those places I could stand if I wandered endlessly. All those places we never even hear of. I love the idea that somewhere there is a dell in a forest, magical and old, filled with flowers, and it is waiting to be discovered…
    Tehe, now I am getting all sappy and nostalgic!

    Lots of love, and best wishes
    Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      April 29, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      I love it to! I read your piece about your blog name and I thought it was beautiful :]

      Zoe your such a sweetheart! I always have to set time away to reply to your comments because they’re just so nice to read :] And thank youuu- that’s really sweet of you to say :] Could you imagine having wolf eyes? It would be a dream.. especially light grey ones! If only I could figure out how to wear contacts 😛

      I have! It always crosses my mind when I think of the amazon or when flying over the Rockie Mountains.. It’s like a never ending sea of mountains and you can see small lakes and I always wondered if anyone has hiked that far in before. There’s so much mystery and beauty in the world. I think there is a place like that.. somewhere untouched and untamed by man. Sounds like a perfect fairy tale setting!

      Cheers and Wishes Zoe


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