This gene explains why some people crave adventure more than others
Have you ever wondered why some people seem hardwired for adventure? These are the folks who will taste the most obscure street food in far off places and seem to love travel more than others.
We’re not just talking about the occasional weekend getaway or weeklong vacation — but instead the urge for endless exploration and constant discovery. As it turns out, we might have our genes to thank for this trait.
Curio Collection by Hilton studied a so-called “curious gene” to hone in on this genetic discovery. Following the experiment, the brand launched the “Are You Curious?” quiz, which lets people discover what drives their curiosity, and recommends hotels and resorts to satisfy their unique wanderlust.
The science behind the study
Some people — about 20 percent of the population — possess the “curious” or “wanderlust gene,” which is scientifically known as DRD4-7R. According to scientific studies, DRD4-7R is associated with higher levels of curiosity.
To dig deeper into this idea, the Collection launched the “Curious Gene” program, where they worked with a genetics lab and research partner and sponsored the DNA testing of a group of influencers to determine if they have the DRD4-7R gene. Through in-depth studies of the influencers and existing scientific information on the behavioral phenotype associated with the curious gene, researchers created an algorithm to classify curiosity into five unique curiosity “types.”
The quiz not only helps you uncover your curiosity type, but it also recommends Curio Collection by Hilton hotels or resorts that are tailored to your type, leaving you inspired to seek out your next adventure.
So, if people who are born with DRD4-7R have an inherent curiosity that drives them to travel, does this mean our genes are also responsible for our love of exotic cuisines or thrilling outdoor activities? Curio Collection by Hilton, a portfolio of hotels and resorts known for their unique character and personality, wants to encourage travelers to explore the natural curiosities that motivate us to seek out those one-of-a-kind discoveries.
Read on to discover your curiosity “type” and get a recommendation for where you should travel next.
Which type are you?
The Curious Pathfinder
If you prefer surfing the Pacific to surfing the internet, you may be a Pathfinder. Your phone stays on silent while you walk through the woods or catch a sunrise from the mountaintop. You always take the road less travelled. You can continue forging your own path through the deserts of Arizona at Boulders Resort & Spa, where you’ll find plenty of natural beauty and adventure.
The Curious Epicurean
You navigate the world via your taste buds, finding yourself in backwoods bakeries, rooftop restaurants, and tiki-themed speakeasies. While you love unique events and attractions, you get a simple thrill from photographing a perfectly plated Cacio e Pepe. If your taste buds are craving a new adventure, The Highland Dallas is home to the steakhouse Knife, with a menu by award-winning chef and restaurateur John Tesar.
The Curious Culturalist
Maybe you love traveling just to see something you never have before. It’s this discovery of culture that pulls you toward sculpture gardens and performances in every community. If cultural experience is what you’re looking for, the Aleph Rome Hotel is in a prime location for soaking up all of the history and culture that Rome has to offer.
The Curious Spiritualist
As a Spiritualist, you see the universe through your third-eye. There’s a mind-body awakening you achieve through sunrise yoga, meditation, and the pleasures of a hot stone massage. Your love for others is shown by sharing a wellness practice, which makes Indura Beach & Golf Resort the perfect getaway for indulging in relaxation.
The Curious Challenger
Not only do you love sports and attending live games, you also thrive on the thrill of competing against others and pushing your limits. The Franklin Hotel in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill is a great match for a Challenger, offering plenty of opportunity to watch and take part in action-packed sporting events.
So, are you curious? To uncover your curiosity type, you can take the “Are You Curious?” quiz and discover your next travel moment with Curio Collection by Hilton, bookable at curiocollection.com or by using the Hilton Honors mobile app.
Join the conversation and share your curiosity type across social media using @CurioCollection and #BeCurious.