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Out of the 7.7 billion heads that already populate Mother Earth, there are approximately 1.459*2 billion feet that leave their homelands to find a new venture in a distant country every year. The data was collected over a period of 21 years by World Bank and the results show that there has been a huge surge in the number of outbound departures since 1995.

I would like to point out a few probable factors that might have led to the proliferation of the travel domain.

Remote Jobs: The hue and cry over a tip and top office milieu is so last season. Work today is no longer limited to location and space. It has become a dynamic exchange between employers and employees across boundaries. Many organizations allow, and some even prefer, that their employees work remotely. Rita or, Take Mom Along, is a writer working remotely, who has taken her enterprises across continents. Born in Hong Kong, Rita and her family moved to Canada and she eventually found herself working and living in Europe.

My biggest dream is to fully work remote and be location independent

she says. Rita is a representative of the free spirit who is at the same time professionally contributive to productivity.

Failure of Radical Nationalism: There was a time when the world outside one’s home was a dangerous place (it still is, but the fear was too recent a memory post 1945). The cataclysmic effect of the wars plunged its root deep into human hearts and engulfed an integral sign of mental coherence, that of peace of mind. However, with the advent of socialism and the introduction of various expression of this policy throughout the world, and with the establishment of a peace making body, the fear gradually receded. People once again started leaving their houses, regained confidence and resumed feeding the innate curiosity, the curiosity to survey what lies beyond one’s boundary.

Virtual Connectivity and Disappearing Borders: Internet has brought us closer than ever. This tool is a melting pot of cultures, serving its users the world on a platter. The internet’s only limitation, that of its predisposition of merely mirroring real experiences sometimes work like an encouragement, a trigger that stimulates its users to transform the half-attained knowledge into a fully developed synesthetic experience in the form of ‘outbound departures.’

The Digital World is not to be considered ‘once and for all’, for the very reason that it is a shadowy projection of real objects. One can connect only superficially through it. So, what can one do to counter that and connect for real? Fiona Whiley is someone who has found solace in traveling with her family, which constitutes a combination of parents, husband, siblings, cousins, uncles and partners. According to her,

going on a holiday helps


as adults leading busy lives, and living in different places, it’s hard to catch up. We can reconnect and just talk and spend time together making new memories

Predominance of Knowledge over Materialistic Affluence: People need wealth as much as it helps them sustain through life, anything superfluous can be bartered for occupations that provide spiritual enrichment – many (if not all) follow this mantra, and most wouldn’t have believed our claim had we not furnished it with proofs.

Amber Williams and her son Devin are already on a mission of climbing ruins and scuba diving across the world. Prior to making a move and fulfilling their dreams, they sold their homes and settled in a new state. When asked how has that helped her, Amber confessed,

it helped to fund (and cushion) our new life with more traveling as I bought a foreclosure when my son was little and fixed it up.

Rita laments about not working hard enough and saving enough money in her youth and buying a property. However, her regret dissipates as soon as it is assimilated,

but then I would have missed out on so many opportunities. Travelling and road tripping in your 20s just isn’t the same thing when you get older.

Fiona has a full time job. She

travels whenever (she) can, and save like mad in between times while (she is) accruing annual leave.

Even if we are reincarnated, we are not born with the memories of our past lives (generally speaking). Therefore, the connection is severed as soon as we enter the perpetual black out phase. Those who travel are the people who can say in their grey years that ‘we have seen whatever we could and therefore have nearly finished our quota of I wish.’

There is one common factor that binds all the three travelers we have mentioned so far. All of them are family travelers. We have already discussed about Fiona. Rita travels with her mother, a fact that explains her username, Take Mom Along, and Amber travels with her 16 years old son Devin. Each of them is doing something rare and beautiful. They are reconnecting a concept that is in the throes of disintegration today, that is, family. How are they doing that? Some wonderful stories await you on our second episode on family travel. Stay tuned for more.

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Traveling is a part of my family’s DNA. I’ve been to 32 countries myself and with my Mom, 13. I become the parent when I travel with her. I like to take my Mom...

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Traveling with family keeps the joy of discovery more current in your mind. You have memories that you can talk about and laugh together over. When there’s more...

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Amber Williams

I’m a single mother of an amazing 16 y/o son. A few years ago I traveled overseas to Ireland by myself and came back hooked on international travel. I started m...

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