“NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST” ~ J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Adventure travel has become popular in our daily lives.
Recent statistics have shown that there has been a 50% increase in the number of people opting to take adventures rather than just laying on a beach.
Although there are reasons that make travel adventure a good endeavor, we have to accept the fact that there are different types of people as far as the taste for adventure is concerned.
Many people are increasingly embracing travel experience as a way of spending their prestigious vacation.
Nevertheless, there are those who choose to stay indoors wearing pajamas, chatting on their smartphones with their bottle of beer in proximity, and the only place they can get the adventure from is the National Geographic Channel.
You may be lucky to fall into the other category of people whose passion is to travel to new places, and you get to interact with new cities, new cultures, and of course new ideas.
Even though your business schedules may limit you to short journeys, you can still dream big and organize a one-way ticket to travel adventure.
One fact stands, your passion for travel dates back to the childhood days when you always dreamt of visiting in a bid to find adventure.
The passion for travel is in your DNA, and you cannot run away from reality. Studies have confirmed this.
The gene related to your passion for travel
According to research, there is a certain gene called the DRD4-7R that is related to the levels of dopamine in the brain.
This gene has been dubbed as the wanderlust gene because of its impacts of imparting traveling desires to humans through enhancement of restlessness and curiosity.
It has been confirmed through various surveys that those individuals who carry the DRD4-7R share this primary characteristic, the love to travel.
It has been found out that nearly 20% of people globally carry this gene.
In addition to this, it is also evident that there is a denser distribution in areas having this travel culture looking back to ancient times.
A scientist by the name Chaunsheng Chen has researched on this gene for quite a while and has argued that the DRD4-7R gene is more prevalent in modern societies who historically migrated longer distances from their cradle land.
The love to explore new ideas may be contained in your DNA
Another study conducted by David Dobbs of National Geographic has matched with Chaunsheng’s ideas but has added that the individuals who carry the DRD4-7R gene will also be risk-takers and will love to experience new foods, relationships, and, of course, explore new places.
The question we ask is why ancient societies felt the need to migrate. These issues can be satisfactorily answered through the findings of these two scientists.
Through gene mutation, the human history of migration can be well understood because research has proven that societies with a history of frequent movement tend to be carriers of the DRD4-7R gene.
On the contrary, however, Kenneth Kidd from Yale University has disapproved of this research arguing that the entire human exploration cannot be reduced to a single gene.
One thing is for certain, some are drawn towards it in varying degrees and others seem to not care to travel to faraway lands.
Which one are you?