Are you an Escape Artist? You might have the Wanderlust gene!

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

There are some people who never feel urged to leave the house. They're content as hermits in the towns they grew up in.

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Then there's some of us: the people who can't sit still, perhaps meditate, create, and always keep their passports nearby – just in case!

Whether you call it Wanderlust, Travel Bug or regular old curiosity – the fact remains the same: You're hungry to explore and the thirst simply can't be quenched when you're home.

No matter how many vacations or journeys you take, you simply can't escape enough.

For you, there's always something new to see, something new to create.

You love the idea of one-way flights and trips without a destination.

You've been this way for as long as you can remember – which probably dates back to your first few trips growing up, boarding that very first plane, as a child.

According to recent discoveries, it may have been in your DNA, even before that!

As told on one psychology blog, the inherent urge to travel can be traced back to one gene, DRD4, which is associated with the dopamine levels in the brain.

The gene itself is identified as DRD4-7R, has been dubbed the “wanderlust gene,” because of its link with increased levels of curiosity and restlessness, for the most part...

In reality, those who carry this gene share one common theme, a history of travelling.

The gene is actually not all too common, it's only possessed by about 20 percent of the population.

Having said that, there is a much higher percentage of this gene in regions of the globe where there are people that have travel encouraged in its past.

Scientists provided reason not to just draw the link to curiosity and restlessness, but specifically a passion for travel.

According to Scientists, the mutant form of the DRD4 gene, 7r, results in people who are “more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs, or sexual opportunities,” he went on to say that bearers of this gene, “generally embrace movement, change, and adventure.”

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