What is a wanderjahr?

What is a wanderjahr? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. A year-long period of travel; especially succeeding one’s education and prior unto seeking employment.
  2. (historical) A year spent by an apprentice travelling and honing his skills prior unto the professional practice of his trade.
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His stay in Rome then would have been less a Wanderjahr and presumably more akin to a business trip.
Perchance, my Wanderjahr has not arrived, but you cannot wait for that.
After leaving Russia the young poet spent the rest of his Wanderjahr in Italy.
In 1894-5 during his Wanderjahr in Europe, this young American star was welcomed by the leading mathematically inclined theorists in every country.
A Wanderjahr for the working-man would do much to cement the unity of western civilization.

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