It is a spider web with me in the middle and it is time to evaluate the catch.
The internet has definitely turned into a Net of gems for me. Although space usually is the final frontier, I have managed to create my own personal micro cosmos within the Net. A place where I have discussed with great people, wonderful minds. Where stories were told that shaped my view on the world, personal development and (no surprise) the true meaning of travel.
Now it’s time to evaluate the catch.
Catch doesn’t have a very positive connotation, but the opposite is true. How would I have been able to learn and share experiences and knowledge in such a short time without social media and the blogosphere? Two years of online presence has triggered my IRL (In Real Life) migration, gaining a clear understanding of a person’s journey to self-realization, a new view on time and the sheer importance of the things we love to do.
How we will travel
Our family is used to traveling. Before and after our two lovely children were born we traveled the world to learn and discover. Traveling acts as a teacher to our children. For me, travel memories are the connection between then and now. They keep the travel spirit alive and ignite further discoveries. Because I need to go further. Through traveling I have found a way to (temporarily) pull back from the city, from the chaos. Traveling prevents life from seeping away into a Groundhog Day setting where every day is the same. The spider webs catch provided me with insights into other ways of traveling.
Sometimes only one moment is needed to change a life (-style). My wife said goodbye to her corporate career after working for the same company for 16 years. She is now evaluating and thinking about ways to fulfill her dreams. Within the whirlpool of daily life, being captured by the daily requirements to succeed and fulfill a corporate role, something has now changed. This sudden change has opened up a pool of opportunity as you start thinking differently about how you want to move forward in your life.
Traveling this new road of opportunities, a junction has appeared. A junction that combines family life, travel and post-corporatism. Travel ensures a sense of education of our kids and allows our family’s bonds to grow stronger. How can we let travel guide us further?
A long road. Travel. Beauty of nature. Wildlife. Chronological versus qualitative time. A small town with people. A shack next to a care home. Helping and volunteering. Caring.
2012 will be the year of our first New Travel Experience. No itinerary. No tour packages. Only a ticket and one or two volunteering projects. I am now collecting ideas from my online travel friends. If you know of any great volunteering experiences (preferably in Asia and suitable for families) please let me know. And 2013? Probably we will build on these upcoming experiences, let’s see what happens.
I mentioned it before, it’s stories that matter. The stage of wanting so see all the landmark buildings and other must-see places you read about in guidebooks has passed. The era of factual guidebooks has ended (more about that in another post on this blog), we need other ways of fulfillment. We want to enrich ourselves with stories that matter. Slow travel and authenticity is what we are looking for. The true meaning of travel.
Life goes on
Life continues. A merry go round, a rollercoaster. We work, breathe, live and socialize. It’s never enough. We are making the same mistakes. Living the same experiences. It’s one giant story. But it’s you in the middle! You decide how the story develops. (use the Net and) Catch what you love to do, it’s so much worth the effort.
The earth is turning. We stumble further. We ride our daily train to temporary destinations but forget to look out of the window. We travel by night to save time but to see nothing. I think I know my way. Now I would love to hear about yours.