(Science: psychiatry) An uncontrollable impulse to wander or travel.
Origin: g. Dromos, a running, _ mania, insanity
dromomania, also called traveling fugue, is a psychological condition in
which the individual feels an uncontrollable impulse or desire to wander or
travel. People suffering this condition spontaneously travel long distances and
personify different identities and occupations. Months may pass after the trip
before they are able to return to their previous identities. The most famous case
was that of Jean-Albert Dadas. He would suddenly start traveling, on foot, and
go to very far distances with no recollection of his travels. Only a handful of
cases were ever documented, nearly all in France in the late nineteenth century.