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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Why Travel is an Integral Part of Genetic Inheritance

People have been nomadic for reasons of survival since the earliest tribal groupings. This was highly dependent on food, especially the seasons; early inhabitants where well aware when it was time to move on and gather the next natural harvest. The migration trail is full of ancestors who moved because nature had sudden unforgiving shifts which forced people onward. Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of abandoned villages, towns and cities where rivers suddenly changed direction leaving desert environments. Volcanoes are responsible for covering whole cities or leaving them at the bottom of the oceans. Ice ages forced millions to head for warmer climates and the last one was only twenty thousand years ago. When the ice melted land bridges disappeared leaving some people isolated to islands. It’s no wonder people have such a varied genetic heritage.

When people feel the urge to travel it goes much deeper than it seems, an undeniably part of our genetic Inheritance. When people began to settle into small villages they still had to travel, trade, hunt and gather. Today the situation has changed; people work for income and then buy food that is quite close to housing. As a species humanity needs to stretch its muscles like any other animal, but fewer occupations allow for this kind of physical exercise. So exercise is done before or after the workday or on the weekends. Many plan to take holidays in their weeks off work to travel somewhere different and try new things. It’s almost a necessity and inner calling, especially when the seasons change and senses are alert. People are seekers and they desire to know more about the world.

School camps are a part of this early learning experience along with family holidays, wellness retreats, traveling to conferences and journeys to help the less fortunate. Travel is a natural bonding experience with places and people and not quite the struggle it was for those that came before, but they left a legacy so others could enjoy this wondrous and diverse planet!

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).

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