Wanderlust, is it in the Genes?

Wanderlust - ‘the strong longing for or impulse towards wandering’, a word also used to describe those who have a strong desire to travel.

From a very young age I’ve craved to travel and see as much of the world as possible. In school I was never a 100% sure what I wanted to do with my life career wise, however I always knew I wanted to go in the world and explore. My bookcase has always been filled with travel books or stories of other peoples adventures.

It’s often thought of those who suffer from Wanderlust, that they are trying to escape the ’real word’, people who fear ‘commitment’ or those who are trying to find their place in the world. Maybe for some this is the case, however for me It’s about being submerged in to a different culture, seeing the world in all its different forms, learning about other people’s lives, and experiencing new things.

Maybe there’s also some science behind that lust to wander (About to get geeky).  Some Researchers think they have identified a wanderlust gene. It’s called DRD4-7R a derivative of the gene DRD4, which is associated with the dopamine levels in the brain, these regulate movement, attention, learning, and emotional responses.  The 7R Variant is linked with Restlessness and Curiosity.  

I think it’s fair to say the verdict is split between the professionals. Some feeling that is just another way of labelling a human condition, giving people comfort for their behaviour and making something fashionable.  

I don’t know whether wanderlust is because of a Gene or not but what I do know is that is a great way to reignite the sense, brain and soul.

charlie andrews