Fifty years ago, I lived in Wales. I was surprised to meet elderly folks who had never left the village where they were born. They were content where they lived, and they had no interest in leaving.
Some more adventurous people said: “Went to London once. Never again!” “Visited Paris. Didn’t like it. Came home.”
Some people have no desire to travel. They are comfortable where they live, and they have no desire to leave.
Adventurers and Travelers
Other people are travel addicts. Mark Twain observed, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
I wonder why some people like to travel and explore while others would rather stay close to home.
It seems that the majority of adventurers, explorers, and risk takers are men. Or, as my wife would say, “Women are just more responsible.”
Our world would be a very different place if the adventurers and explorers, like Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, and Davey Crocket, never left home.
Extreme Homebodies – 10,000 Years
The most extreme case of not traveling involves the descendants of the “Cheddar Man.” In 1903, British archaeologists discovered a complete human skeleton in a cave in the Cheddar Gorge in southern England. The skeleton was 10,000 years old.
In 1997, experts at Oxford University found DNA inside one of Cheddar Man’s molars. Cheddar residents volunteered for a DNA comparison. It turned out that one of the individuals was a direct descendant of original Cheddar Man. That means his family had not moved from Cheddar in 10,000 years.
“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
(See: “Do You Know People Who Have No Interest in Traveling?” http://www.fodors.com, Jan. 18, 2018; “Cheddar Man,” “List of Explorers,” Wikipedia; “9,000-Year-Old Cheddar Man Has Living Descendant in Cheddar,” History, http://www.ancient-origins.net; “15 Explorers Who Change World History,” Leonie Chao-Fong, Jan. 30,2020, http://www.historyhit.com; “Men Twice as Likely to Take Risks,” Telegraph, Jan. 10, 2012, http://www.telegraph.co.uk.)
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