Why We Have Wanderlust


Have you ever thought about why you’re addicted to traveling while your friend at home isn’t? You don’t really understand why someone would buy a TV for 3,000$ instead of purchasing a flight ticket?

Me neither. I don’t get it. I noticed this difference when I met my boyfriend. We are totally different here. Within 6 months he bought 3 smartphones. He owns 3 laptops and 2 tablets.
Ok, I have a MacBook Air and an iPad. But they are good for traveling and I intend to keep them until they die.

Recently I read an article that made me understand why some people spend their money on material things while other people spend their money on experiences.

Elite Daily wrote an article (click) about the wanderlust gene. According to the article some people have it in their DNA. From the day you were born you feel an urge to travel. This gene is a genetic derivative of the gene DRD4, which is associated with the dopamine levels in the brain.
As you might know, dopamine is the molecule behind all our most sinful behaviors and secret cravings. It’s about love, lust, motivation, attention and addiction.

Now, this wanderlust gene is called DRD4-7R and is correlated with increased levels of curiosity and restlessness.
National Geographic (click) tells us that about 20% of all humans carry this gene.
1/5 of the entire globes population has an urge to explore and see the world. Isn’t this amazing? There might even be more people who like traveling but don’t carry the gene.

The people with this gene are also more likely to take risks. And now I am pretty sure that you’re wondering whether you have this gene or not. Have you ever been traveling on your own and felt like you took a risk by visiting an African country or went to the Middle East without knowing anyone at all?
This is how feel, and I am sure you do, too. Especially if you feel a need to travel and like to go on your own.

Having this gene means you won’t be satisfied with going on vacation once a year. Your lust for traveling won’t suddenly disappear or be fulfilled. It’s like an addiction, where you always want more.

What do you think? Do you have the wanderlust gene or not?

By | 2015-05-20T08:58:20+00:00 March 30th, 2015|3 Comments

About the Author:

Marie is the founder of this blog, which has existed since 2012. Her entire life, she has had a passion for traveling and loves to explore and try out new adventures. Having visited 40+ countries so far, she keeps being in love with Africa and its incredible nature. She used to live in both Norway and Switzerland, but has moved her base back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides traveling, Marie loves reading books, writing and meeting new people.


  1. Kathy March 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM - Reply

    I don’t think I had this gene in my 20’s but I sure do have it now!!
    I want to see much in the USA. But alas, my husband does not have the traveling gene at all!
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  2. Ashley Beolens April 13, 2015 at 2:38 PM - Reply

    I think without the ability to travel (commitments of children keep me at home), I replace that lust to travel and experience the new with purchasing technology etc. Hopefully one day I will be able to reignite that desire to travel.
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    • Marie Meier April 13, 2015 at 2:51 PM - Reply

      I hope so, too! But I’m sure you’ll get the time one day! Let’s hope it’ll be possible somehow 🙂

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