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Ease of travel; is it a situation, a concept, or a personal/psychological predisposition that goads only a chosen set of individuals? In this article we are going to try and find the answer to this question.
I do not have sufficient authority, or knowledge, to talk about diplomatic matters and the extensive spectrum of socio-economic accounts which influence immigration. But, I can talk about a few intrinsic patterns which qualify the human nature.
One such pattern is locomotion. It is a primal trait. But, recently I found out that over the course of time the purpose of this behaviour faced modification. In the initial stage when people began to exercise this innate attribute, the wind of displacement dispersed them from the centre and they developed like interspersed points on the map, reincarnated as divergent groups. Time passed and they were again encouraged to move, but this time to converge with the core of genesis, that is, Humanity. Ease of Travel, is of course the by-product of technological advancement and digitization. In fact in our first article on Family Travel we conducted a discussion on the factors which have played major roles in making travelling easier, https://travlyng.com/projects/family-travelers/nov-2018/beginning/. However, from what I could gather, Ease of Travel leans more towards mental flexibility than monetary abundance or technological fluidity. The purpose of migration might have changed, (previously people would move in search of greener pastures, now the nomadic life marks a progression towards a global identity), but the manner of migration, in many cases, remains the same. People still like to move in groups, and by group I mean family.
I am not going to reiterate along the lines of the gregarious tendencies of human beings. Rather, I would like to shed some light on an important product of it, that is, transmission. Most of the ‘family’ explorers like Kathryn, Paul and Gemma Bolton, Bea and Pete, Mark and Jayne, and Alicia, along with her husband Jason, will rather have the travel bacteria passed on to progeny. And these are the good bacteria of course. They wish their children to share with them the similar empathy, broader outlook and the briskness in attitude which reinforce their journeys. Let’s hear what our interviewees had to say:
Jayne and Mark:
We hope seeing different cultures first hand will help them think (the kids) for themselves and come to conclusions and think critically about the world around them. We also hope it will spur them on to be successful later on in life if they want to continue to travel in their own right.
Paul and Gemma:
Our kids learn to interact with kids from a different culture.
Bea and Pete:
I think he (our son) definitely would continue with our travel bug. He already speaks of possibilities where he might want to live or travel as an adult depending on where he has made close connections. And he’s only 10.
Alicia and Jason:
The more we travel, the more they (the kids) have their own ideas of what they enjoy when we visit a new place...A few years ago we decided to let each of our kids plan one day of our longer vacations. They love to look at guide books, trip advisor, yelp, etc and planning their perfect day! They are much more compliant when they have some input.
Though these people have a positive outlook towards bridging the gap between distinctions through travel, there is no way to imagine that our world is only governed by rainbows and unicorns. Kathryn says that
Prejudice is a tough nut to crack. It might be the generation after our children before we start to see some of them go away.
Her husband, who is a Canadian citizen born in Pakistan (and a person’s global acceptance should not ideally be directly related to his /her nationality or birthplace), still faces marginalization. Kathryn is sometimes forced to go on holidays with her kids without her husband, especially when she is visiting the United States; a thriving instance of discrimination that falls under the ambit of ‘Restrictions instigated by Security Reasons’, but more within the parameters of perpetuated prejudices. In the words of Don Mclean, “They would not listen, they’re not listening still/ Perhaps they never will.” Yes, perhaps...That is why a fragment of our imagination (and imaginations often transpire into reality) still believes that may be ‘they will’.
It might be the generation after our children before we start to see some of them go away
says Kathryn. We can only surmise about the future and retaliate as much as we can in the present, not by shouting out slogans, but by celebrating our unique identities.
The Race, the ancestral name, the name of the confinement one is born into (also popularly known as the homeland), are matters of rigid honour that a lot of us guard against those who do not share the ‘names’. Segregation is endemic in this world. Our band of travellers, however, belongs to a different world. Bea and Pete, for example, bear no definitive labels. They need not preserve anything except their ruthlessly rootless selves! Bea says:
I personally have gone through three education systems in three countries, my husband in two and our son is on his second education system. Result? We’re multi lingual and we blend in well in several countries.
Here goes a shout out to Paul for embracing Unity in Diversity!
I’m born in the UK; half English half Thai, married a New Zealander (Gemma) and will probably live in Australia for a few years in 2019.
Our interviewees were here to tell us that being on the move is not a disruptive behavior, thereby debunking conventional and convenient notions that revolve around being settled in one place. Alicia has lived all over the world owing to her father’s transferable job. Her mother played a major role in nurturing in her children an accommodating attitude towards moving. Result?
We often found we were way ahead of our peers when we went back to the US,
confesses Alicia. She follows her mother’s footsteps in that she ensures her three sons, Carter, Aidan and Keaton see much as they can in their growing years, to carry the enthusiasm forward. Alicia (teacher) and Jason (doctor), lead a very rich life, minus the luxury car and the extravagant crib. To them travel time is family time.
Traveling is not expensive if you know how to Work your way through Travel. Teachers, doctors, television editors, digital nomads; like always, this time too we managed to interact with people from various professional fields. Kathryn hits the road between gigs and forages for breaks to take her kids along to distant places. Paul and Gemma maintain a continuity of saving and traveling. Pete and Bea are digital nomads and are quite swag in their buzz. Then there are spring breaks, christmas, weekends, thanksgiving, summer vacation to cash in on, like Alicia and Jason, and even Jayne and Mark do.
One only needs an aptitude for research, planning and execution, along with acuteness and courage to live the ‘wanderful’ life!
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru (The first Prime Minister of Independent India)
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