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Far Away Places: Are They Calling You?

Dreaming of seeing Faraway Places?

Crossing the Arctic Circle ...a faraway place you can drive to from the U.S. or Canada

Crossing the Arctic Circle ...a faraway place you can drive to from the U.S. or Canada

Faraway Places ~ A Desire to Travel

Faraway Places… as a teenager I remember getting chills when I heard the first lines of this song when it was sung by Perry Como a few years after its debut. It was over 60 years ago, but I can still clearly picture Perry Como on our little black and white TV. Dressed in a cardigan sweater and walking around a room filled with shelves of books with a globe on a table, he sang Faraway Places in his smooth, beautiful voice. As I listened to those words, I wondered if I would ever travel to faraway places, distant lands or even very far from the State of New Jersey.

Far Away Places Sung by Teresa Brewer

Faraway Places Calling Me

The words from that song stayed with me through the years, and I still love it. I wonder if that’s when those faraway places began calling me?

Faraway Places with strange sounding names,

Far away over the sea;

Those far away places with strange sounding names

are calling, calling me…

Written and Recorded in 1948

Written by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer, Faraway Places was published in 1948 and first recorded by Bing Crosby. Between 1948 and 1949 it was recorded by several artists and hit the top ten charts several times. After Bing Crosby made it a hit, Faraway Places was also recorded by Perry Como, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Kate Smith, Margaret Whiting, Teresa Brewer and many other well-known singers. I’ve heard it many times through the years, and there’s something about the song…


Lyrics for Faraway Places

Far away places with strange sounding names
Far away over the sea,
Those far away places with strange sounding names are
Calling, calling me.

Going to China or maybe Siam,
I want to see for myself,
Those far away places I’ve been reading about
In a book that I took from a shelf.

I start getting restless,
whenever I hear,
the whistle of a train.
I pray for the day I can get underway,
And look for those castles in Spain.

They call me a dreamer,
Well maybe I am,
But I know that I’m burning to see those
Far away places with strange sounding names
That are calling, calling me.

Born Under a Wandering Star?

In my recent Hub, Wanderlust: Why People Travel, I wondered if some people have a built-in wanderlust gene that compels them to travel. Then again, there could be other reasons.

Perhaps, like Kay and Joe Peterson, you were born under a wandering star. In 1978, they founded the Escapees RV Club for full-time RVers. Now the Escapees has 65,000 members who are following their wandering star. Full time RVers in the U.S. number over 1.5 million, and many of them believe that they, too, were born under a wandering star.

Influenced by your Zodiac sign?

Does your sign of the Zodiac influence you to seek those faraway places? If your Zodiac sign is either Gemini or Virgo, both ruled by the planet Mercury, perhaps you were born under a wandering star. The Roman god Mercury (Greek god Hermes) is also called the Messenger God, and is often depicted with winged shoes and winged hat to represent swift travel, trade and communication. Could some planetary pull be making your feet itch to explore the world?


Winged Feet, Winged Hat ~ Perfect for Traveling

Roman God Mercury - The Messenger God

Roman God Mercury - The Messenger God

Descended from Nomadic Cultures?

Perhaps our urge to visit and explore faraway places is because we are descended from a Nomadic Culture, a community of people who move from place to place rather than settling in one location. Americans might be surprised to know that there are an estimated 30-40 million nomads in the world.

Early nomads in the United States included several nomadic Native American tribes including the Plains Indians and the Comanches who traveled with the seasons to follow game or food crops.

Other nomadic cultures traveled with their herds to higher grazing pastures in the summer months and came down from the mountains in the winter. These cultures are still found in Asia, Russia, Kazakhstan, the Middle East and other places around the world.

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Gypsy Rover sung by The Kingston Trio

Descended from the Romani or Gypsy People?

The Romani people, also sometimes known as Gypsies, originated many generations ago in India, Pakistan and Asia. They eventually migrated to Europe and the Americas, though today they are mostly found in Central and Eastern European countries. Romani people still follow a nomadic lifestyle, and are a close-knit culture with their own language and customs.

Although the Romani have survived much persecution and prejudice in Europe, the Gypsy life is still often romanticized in songs and stories. Perhaps you remember Gypsy Rover sung by the Kingston Trio?

While these are just a very few of the nomadic cultures of the world, it is easy to see that the call of faraway places has been heard by many and for many different reasons. There are surely many of us with ancestors who were true nomads.


Is your Destiny Number your travel destiny?

Those who believe in numerology believe that we each have a Destiny Number that accompanies certain personality traits. While the study of numerology has many complexities, determining your Destiny Number can be done in different ways. One way is by adding up values of the letters in your name according to a chart. A simpler way is to add the numbers in your date of birth. For example, if your birth date is February 3, 1980 (2-3-1980), you can find out your Destiny Number by adding 2+3+1+9+8+0=23. Add 2+3 and your destiny number is 5. The Destiny Number 5 is the number for explorers and adventurers, those people who dislike staying in one place too long.

Chart for Finding numerical values for letters of the alphabet

To find your Destiny Number using your name, use your full name as it is on your birth certificate (no married names, nicknames, etc.). Find the value of each letter from the chart above and add up the values. Reduce number to simplest form as explai





























Are Faraway Places Calling You?

Whether one is influenced by an astrological sign or a Destiny Number, early environment or Nomadic ancestors, a desire to travel seems to stir some of us from a very early age. As a child, were you happy playing house, or did you dream of exploring those Faraway Places with strange sounding names?


Copyright ©2011 Stephanie Henkel



Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 27, 2013:

Hi sunshine, Perhaps you find the adventure and variety you desire right in your own backyard! Maybe an RV is in your future... Hmmm...I wonder if you can get one of those hats and winged feet on Amazon?

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 27, 2013:

I'd like to place an order for the winged feet and hat! My destiny number is 5, yet I'm a homebody. Well, I do like the USA, no interest in visiting other countries except in hubs or google earth! Maybe an RV is in my future! One never knows... :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 27, 2013:

AudraLeigh - It does sound as if you have the makings of a nomad! Where in NJ did you live? I grew up in Hunterdon County, then lived in NY State for many years before going on the road in our RV. I do like that Winged hat...wonder if I can get one for my Easter bonnet? :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 27, 2013:

MartieCoetser - Thank yo Martie! Far Away Places is one of my all-time favorite songs! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

AudraLeigh on March 27, 2013:

Using my birth name and your Destiny Number is 9.I have lived in the Rochester area most of my life...but have had a condo and several apartments. I also lived in NJ for 2 years. I guess I would sort of be a nomad...perhaps?

I am surprised to hear from you that there are "30-40 million nomads in the world"...had no idea!

Winged Feet, Winged Hat ...interesting style of that time. Wondering why it has not been back into style...giggle.

Very interesting and unique piece, and written very well!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 27, 2013:

Beautiful songs you have in here, Stephanie!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on December 02, 2012:

Hi Denise,

Actually, your question about my destiny number made me check out the longer way to calculate Destiny Numbers by using the letters in my name, and it does come out to 5. (My birthdate does not come out to 5.) I've added a chart to the hub in case someone else would like to try it.

Crossing the Artic Circle was one of the most fun things we've done, even though the sign was probably the most memorable feature there. :) One more thing that we share, Denise! I wonder what your Destiny Number is?

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on December 01, 2012:

Is your destiny number a 5 Stephanie? I love the song 'Faraway Places' and remember singing it whenever I would hear it. Interesting hub that definitely describes me.

BTW-That first photo was a memory jerker. I remember that road trip the first summer I lived in Alaska. I have a few photos of that sign up in Michigan. Great hub-Rated up/A/I

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 31, 2012:

Hello Jane,

Those old songs from our childhoods stay with us forever, and I do think that they influence our lives. It sounds like you have a perfect combination. Books and travel are two of my favorite things!

Jane McKee on March 30, 2012:

My mother used to sing this to me as a lullaby...I am now a librarian who loves to travel. Who knows what effect songs have on little children?

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 16, 2011:

Jacqui, Some songs do have a way of bringing back old memories, and this is one that is always nostalgic for me, too. I'm glad it brought back some good memories. Thanks for your nice comments and for your votes!

jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on July 16, 2011:

I had forgotten about this song. It was played many times by my parents and listening to the words again reminded me of home and how many more places I still want to visit. Thank you for the memories. Great hub and voted up and awesome.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 05, 2011:

It was so popular in the 1950's that many well-known singers recorded it, but Perry Como's version always sticks in my head. I first heard it on our little black and white TV, and now I have Faraway Places on my IPod. Technology has changed a lot, but a great song is still a great song! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

JSParker from Detroit, Michigan on June 05, 2011:

How familiar that old song is to me. I haven't heard it for years, but remember hearing it so often as a child on that new fangled thing, the tv. Probably on the Perry Como Show or, who knows, Lawrence Welk?

Anyway, yep, they keep callin' and callin'.

Nice hub, fun to read. Thanks.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on June 05, 2011:

My mom used to call herself a "Gypsy." The idea of a Gypsy Queen in your family tree is a good one. Keep following your heart! JAYE

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 05, 2011:

Hi Jaye — I thought the Destiny Number idea was kind of fun, too, and I admit that I left out a few traits that didn't fit in with my hub. Personally, I lean more towards the idea that we inherit our desire to travel and live in different places from our ancestors. I like to think there's a Gypsy Queen in my family tree whose spirit tells me it's time to move on... :)

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on June 05, 2011:

Very interesting hub, Steph....Although I've done my share of traveling, I'm just as content to read about other places, visiting them vicariously.

However, my late mom had the spirit of a wanderer. She was always happy to go someplace new--even to move to a different place. Guess I didn't inherit that gene from her!

I clicked on the link to Destiny Number, a fun article, and checked my number. Nothing surprising there. One thing interesting in that article is the need to watch out that certain character traits one possesses don't become excessive and, therefore, negative.

It was nice to remember that smooth-as-silk voice of Perry Como, as well as the song, FARAWAY PLACES. Thanks!


Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 03, 2011:

Estelle— I know you are a fellow wanderer at heart and have had many adventures before settling down in AZ (with more to come!). Thanks for coming by to read my hub. Have a great visit in MN!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 03, 2011:

Gail - We're so fortunate that we can follow our hearts! I knew the Dean Martin version of Faraway places was going to be be uncooperative, but wishful thinking made me put it in anyway. It did work if you went back to UTube. Thanks for the heads up -- I've replaced it with Teresa Brewer's version. It seems like every popular singer in the 1950's and 60's recorded it!

ehasert from Mesa, AZ on June 03, 2011:

Yes, I too am a wanderer, but I blame it on my ADHD. I love changing things up periodically to keep life exciting. It has been harder since we settled down in AZ, but I still can travel back to MN, so that helps!!

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on June 02, 2011:

Hmmm...maybe my forefathers came from Turkey, because of my name (just e-mail me to know it, LOL!!!). The customs officer once asked me (in 2008) if I have relatives at Istanbul. I said no; I was only a transiting seafarer! Because of my name, I was treated differently from other Filipinos, not too strict, though.

I was given a Turkish name but my family name is Hispanic. Many Filipinos are like that, because of the colonization.

Thanks, again, Ms. Steph.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on June 02, 2011:

My destiny number doesn't involve wanderlust but my heart does. As you know, I too, grew up in New Jersey and dreamed of traveling to far away places. Am blessed I've been able to travel as adult. Thanks for sharing this cool hub.

FYI- The You Tube link for Dean Martin's "Faraway Places" has been disabled.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 02, 2011:

Hello again, Travel Man. Seeing your comments always makes me smile as I know you must have been born under a wandering star! Thanks for stopping by to read my hub and comment.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on June 02, 2011:

Hi, Ms Steph! I think , faraway places are really calling us. As if when we reaches a certain place or country, there's something that ticks or jives in us; maybe the people, the culture or the nature's beauty.

If only I have enough budget, I'll travel the whole world, just to connect with people and appreciate what God has given us.

Thanks for sharing!!!

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