Is the nomadic lifestyle more natural for humans?
It’s been a while since I’ve been around explorers. Currently I am surrounded by people without a home base and for the first time in a long time I don’t feel like the odd one out. As you may know, I am guiding in Canada this summer. In this house, we are all tour guides. I am thousands of miles away from where I was born and I feel at home around them. Which got me thinking. Is the nomadic lifestyle really so out of the ordinary?
The travel gene
The first thing that came up when I googled this was the “wanderlust gene” that supposedly 20 percent of the population have. But of course a personality is also affected by the environment and other factors, so the gene alone is not the answer. Anyway, I’m sure I have it 🙂
And then it crossed my mind that I read somewhere agriculture is a fairly recent invention. For tens of thousands of years humans were hunters and gatherers. Only with farming did they start settling in villages, then towns, then cities. According to the Independent, for 99% of human history we were nomads. And suddenly I feel so much more normal! Back to the roots!
What do you think? Real thing or research paid for by the tourism industry?