If you are the kind of person who gets back from a holiday and wants to go away straight away again, then this article is for you. Did you know that this need for constant adventure is in fact genetic? Check out this scientific explanation.
In this world, there are two types of people: those who like the comfort of their daily lives and can find everything they need in their own city and those who want to explore the rest of the world, the adventurers who have no greater pleasure than to pack their bags and go to discover a new place. Theoretically, as you are currently on my blog, you are a part of the second category. But let’s be honest, you need a holiday – you’re dreaming of your next destination whilst being stuck at work. So, if you are more “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list” than “nothing beats home”, I have news for you: you have the wanderlust gene!
Attention my Gurus for the next 5 minutes I am going to put on my teaching cap and explain to you the origins of this wanderlust gene.
“People who have the 7R allele are more likely to take risks, explore new places, ideas and foods”
This discovery was made by Chaunsheng Chen who did a study in 1999. So, this desire to travel comes from a variation of the DRD4 gene which is responsible for the level of dopamine in the brain. The DRD4-7R variation is a gene that around 20% of the population have today. The researcher reached this conclusion as he assumed that all forms of human life originated in Africa. So, the more distant a man would be from this land of origin, the more likely he would be to carry this gene mutation.
Later on, David Dobbs, a researcher for National Geographic, became a supporter of Professor Chen by arguing that “people with the 7R allele are more likely to take risks, to explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs or sexual opportunities and generally opt for movement, change and adventure”. People who have the DRD4-7R gene, which we are now going to call the Wander Lust Gene (to make things easier), need a bigger release of dopamine to feel the same pleasure as someone who has the basic gene – and this is what makes them go on adventures to explore and take risks.
I hope you have been able to follow my attempt at scientific explanations, but I will try to summarise: if you have more of a desire to climb mountains on the other side of the world than to open a beer and watch a football math, you have the DRD4-7R gene, known as the wanderlust gene.
Do you have the wanderlust gene:
Well, now that you have the scientific explanations to shine at your next family meal , let’s try to determine whether you have this famous gene mutation that allows you to escape having a stable, tidy life and be able to go on adventures as soon as you get the opportunity.
Well, let’s be clear, this obviously isn’t a ‘disease’ that we need to cure, quite the contrary! Use this desire of discovery and adventure to discover new countries, new horizons, cultures, languages and especially, new people. And don’t forget: ‘There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this!’