PHAcTive Travel with Doc Wanderlust
For as long as I can remember, I have always said that I just wanted to move or go wherever the wind blew me. I can remember seeing travel abroad posters plastered on the walls of various buildings at Southern University. While I was always drawn to them, I never took the necessary steps to enroll in any of these travel abroad opportunities.
I even considered being a missionary at some point, but I never acted on it. I’m not sure, but this was possibly out of fear. Either way, I never take advantage of such opportunities. I’ve even considered getting another doctorate in cultural anthropology due to my vast interest and curiosity of other cultures. This would help me pursue my PHAcTive Travel dreams.
Wanderlust: Finding Solace in PHAcTive Travel Dreams
One thing that I am certain of is that I find solace in being alone and traveling to serene places. I enjoy learning about various cultures and experiencing life to its fullest. Growing up, my parents always made sure we took at least one family vacation per year. And, in between, we’d travel as well.
We weren’t necessarily traveling abroad, but my parents made sure that we experienced the USA. As an adult, my family has maintained that tradition. However, I do much more travel alone than with them in an effort to pursue my own PHAcTive Travel dreams.
A Case of Wanderlust
Through exploration, growth, experiences, etc…, I realize that I have an inherent and immense desire to travel. Like most other things, there is a single word that defines one’s irresistible desire to wander or travel the world.
What is this word you ask? Wanderlust! Yes, wanderlust. And, I have a bad case of it!
Be PHAcTive Travel: The Tales of the Wanderlust Gene
My family and friends often tease me by saying they never know where I’ll end up during my PHAcTive Travel adventures. My sister affectionately calls me Carmen Sandiego (if you’re an 80’s baby, you’re probably singing the song as you read this sentence). I’ve even been called a gypsy.
My friends often call on me because they know that I will make provisions to travel with very little timing, advanced notice or details needed. I just love all that travel offers. It always brings a sense of excitement actually experiencing something that I’ve read about or seen on TV. Those experiences are priceless and incredibly rewarding.
The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born to Travel
I recently read an article entitled The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born to Travel and I came to the conclusion that I was… born to travel. My father is a bus driver and he drives across the country for a living. And, my mom is ALWAYS ready to travel. So, I think that my innate desire to travel lies within my DNA. I mean what else would explain it?
In addition, I am curious and inquisitive by nature, so a desire to wander and explore the world makes sense. No matter how many vacations or journeys I take, my desire for travel is never fulfilled. And, as the PHAcTivist, my PHAcTive Travel desires never end.
What is the Wanderlust Gene All About?
According to the article, 20 percent of the population have the wanderlust (DRD4) gene. What was even more interesting was that results of a study by David Dobbs, of National Geographic. His findings suggested that a mutant form of the gene is apparent in people who are “more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs, or sexual opportunities.” He further noted that bearers of this gene “generally embrace movement, change, and adventure.”
Now while I firmly believe that one can substantiate any research they like with findings, others have argued that that desire to travel can’t be deduced to a single gene. I’m also thinking that wanderlust could be more attributed to nurture vs nature. Who knows? Who cares? I have decided that the world shall be my home. I know that there or others who possess this strong desire to explore the world and it has become a part of my mission to share my PHAcTive Travels with you.
Join the PHAcTive Travel Movement
Do you have an unexplainable desire to travel? Are you constantly dreaming of your next big adventure? Do you read travel magazines and watch the Travel Channel for fun? Do you love spontaneous adventure?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you just might have the wanderlust gene too. It was probably been passed down to you from a curious, active and adventurous ancestor.
Whether you have the wanderlust gene or just a curious case of the travel bug, let Doc Wanderlust assist you in planning the getaway that you are longing for inside.
I’m Chontel Parket, PhD, also known as The PHAcTivist. My niches are within the health, wellness and adventure sectors. That’s because I feel as if they are most closely aligned with my purpose as a PHAcTivist. I am ready to meet all of your PHAcTive Travel needs today!