Wanderlust syndrome is a term that refers to the obsession felt by some people for travel.A desire born of a "need", unusual, to know new places and discover other cultures.
Its etymology comes fromwandern (excursion, trip, walk) andlust (desire, aspiration). From the union of the two lexemes comes the term "desire to travel". The literal translation ofwanderlust would be in French "passion for travel". In other words, a similar meaning to that of dromomania which is defined as an excessive inclination or an unhealthy obsession to move from one place to another.
Wanderlust syndrome, the obsession to travel
Pleasure trips in search of adventure and giving free rein to the young wanderer's mind were until recently unimaginable. The Wanderlust syndrome is much more than the desire to go on vacation. It is therefore abouta need generating the passion to travel, to discover new places and different cultures.
This syndrome affects both men and women, usually between 20 and 40 years old. These people have an irresistible urge to leave. They like to escape to any part of the world. They are constantly looking for new destinations. Some surveys and studies have shown that this is the priority and interest of this generation.Internet is their best ally to achieve this. Indeed, the latter is their best travel agent. Reservations, purchases, tickets and information. Everything can be solved thanks to new technologies.
These inveterate travelers spend most of their free time reading travel guides, surfing the Internet in search of flights, hotels, accommodation, etc. They enjoy watching documentaries about exotic places. Much of their income is also invested in travel.The destination is secondary in the approach of the trip. This is a simple excuse to enjoy the pleasure of traveling. So that the Wanderlust experience takes on a whole new meaning and becomes a way of life.
Traveling enriches the person. Traveling opens up new perspectives and promotes other points of view.To know other cultures, to immerse oneself in traditions and to live in different places, helps us to broaden our vision and to nourish – and satisfy at the same time – this curiosity inherent to the unknown.
"In my case, I do not travel to a particular place, but to go in. I travel for the pleasure of traveling, the idea is to move.”-Robert Louis Stevenson-
Wanderlust syndrome and genetics
Some people do not feel the need to travel. They do not have this particular anxiety to discover new places. The holidays are therefore considered a moment of rest and tranquility. For example, they go to the hotel to disconnect from meal preparation or cleaning. This approach is the opposite of the Wanderlust syndrome, where there is a need to stay in one place for too long and where the desire to travel becomes the center of life for those who suffer from it.
Beyond a fashion, some experts say that the adventurous spirit or Wanderlust syndrome is in our genes. And more specifically in what we call DRD4-7R. It is a receptor for dopamine (the neurotransmitter of pleasure) which was given the nickname "traveling gene".
According to David Dobbs, researcher at National Geographics, this gene makes people who own it "better accept changes and adventure, and are also more inclined to take risks in terms of new ideas, food, relationships, etc. "Individuals who carry this gene are creative and daring, seeking out new cultures and other forms of life In other words, everything that brings personal growth.
Do you have Wanderlust Syndrome?
People with Wanderfust Syndrome have characteristics that differentiate them from others:
- Their passport is always valid and at hand in case a unexpected opportunity to travel. They are not afraid to leave their comfort zone because they like the changes.
- The curiosity ofdiscover new places and other cultures beyond the imagination and become a necessity. All the money they save is destined to live new adventures.
- As soon as they come back from the trip, they plan the next one.They consult specialized Internet pages, watch documentaries or read guides.
The passion to travel and know the world is not just about having the traveling gene. It is also related to childhood, time we learn through play and imagination. It is at this stage that interest develops to find out what lies beyond the boundaries of the house. Beyond the school boundary and homework. So that some adults continue to feel the same passion then, or even an even stronger passion.
” Travel servesto adjust the imagination to reality, and to see things as they are instead of thinking of what they would be.”-Samuel Jonhson-