‘Where’s my dopamine?’ is a blog about the brain on travel. Questions about the neuro-chemistries that ignite the urge for adventure are just one small piece of the story. Travelling brings with it a tidal wave of emotions and in this blog I explore the neuroscience of these experiences. What compels us to leave the security of our home? What draws us into the vast wilderness? What is the neural basis of our feelings of exhilaration and fear as we make our way through the throng of humanity in crowded streets or reach the summit of a mighty volcano?
Travel will challenge so much of what you know about yourself, a rare and invaluable opportunity to grow as an individual and discover your limits. But the benefits of travel extend far beyond this. For many people, an escape to the wilderness and a break from the grind is the perfect antidote to the stressful pace and monotony of modern day life. In truth, you don’t have to travel far to get out of your comfort zone.
This is a topic of interest to me and in this blog I’ll explore the neuropsychological basis of these therapeutic experiences.
We come to expect positive, life-affirming accounts from most travel writers, but in truth, being on the move in foreign places brings with it its fair share of distress and confusion. The title of this blog tries to capture this aspect. For the adventurous, travel holds opportunity for endless reward. But sometimes, on a bad day, one really does have to ask, “where the f*#*k is my dopamine!?”