The first half, DRD4, is a dopamine receptor, and picks up on those same fuzzy feelings we get when we receive a cute text from a partner, or take that first bite of a takeaway on a Saturday night. The second half, the 7R, is associated with risk-taking and curiosity, and carries positive, exploratory traits with it.
If your holiday allowance is pretty much extinct by the time April comes round and your Instagram feed is filled with pics of #holidaygoals, you’ll be a key contender. You’re a risk-taker, and wouldn’t shy away from the chance of a skydive. When it comes to new environments, you thrive, and you’ve got friends in loads of different countries around the world. Safari’s in Sri Lanka? Yep, you’ve done them. Zip lining through cloud forests in Costa Rica? Next on your list.
In terms of personality types, Richard Paul Ebstein, a professor at the National University of Singapore, states, “There is evidence that this gene is linked to novelty seeking and extrovert personality traits, which certainly resonate with the desire to travel”. So, if you’re all for new experiences, you’ll probably love events like La Tomatina, an annual tomato throwing festival in Spain, or the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in New Mexico where 500 hot air balloons take to the sky.
The gene is said to be present in 20% of the population. Generally those who have it will embrace new foods, change and adventure. Professor Ebstein also claims that the gene is more likely to appear in populations who, historically, have been prone to migration. We can probably assume from that, then, that younger generations more used to travelling and backpacking will begin to spread this gene, as well as families that have moved from one place to another for work.
Pick a country, or continent, that’s got loads going on, and you’ll have little chance of getting bored. Take Asia, for example. Explore ancient fortresses in Sri Lanka, pick your own tea leaves in its rolling green hills, or try your hand at surfing on never-ending beaches. Meanwhile over in Vietnam, experience a kaleidoscope of colour and light at the New Year Lantern festival, try quirky dishes in the street markets or cruise along slinking rivers on traditional long boats. Does the idea of visiting a few places in one go appeal to you? Try a Multi-Centre holiday and visit more countries in one trip.
The Riu Palace Costa Rica has a peaceful setting right on the beach. Enjoy dining in the four à la carte restaurants or chill by one of the four outdoor pools.
The Hotel Island is a great base for ticking off Reykjavik’s best bits, thanks to its close-to-the-centre location.
The Riu Sri Lanka boasts an excellent beachfront location, modern rooms and a fantastic dining scene.
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