If word hasn’t reached you yet, now you know: “The eagle has landed.”
We are now officially back on ‘home turf’ and ready to rock the West Coast of North America.
We have talked a lot about how this site will continue now that we have returned home, at least for the time being. While we have many little nuggets of valuable travel information, we have decided this will not be the focus of our site moving forward. We believe there already exists a wealth of spaces on the interwebs functioning as great resources and accommodating a wide variety of travel styles. Don’t get us wrong, we have plans to create a page and space to share our top tips and resources used, along with full intentions to continue to share articles related to travel as our inner travel voice flickers on. But after some reflection, we have concluded that how we can best continue to serve our friends, family, readers, and the world through this site is to continue to construct a space to inspire, share and co-create with others. We want this site to be a place of Inspiration, Creation, and Connection. Because after all– and as we discovered not far into our trip, that is truly what travel is all about. Travel inspires us – it ignites both sparks and ideas in our minds. Some of these sparks become flames of creation. This creation can manifest in many forms– from art to a new business or movement in a community or the world. Eventually these many little flames grow, they shine bright and come together. They can connect and transform into a larger inferno.
With today’s growing global connectivity it is increasingly apparent that communities, cultures, countries, and economies no longer exist as separate institutions or islands. We are drawn together more and more each day by new forms of technology, communication, and commerce. Common threads in global issues such as overpopulation, food security, dwindling natural resources, and faith-based conflicts remind us that we cannot hide under a rock, we must accept the consequences of living in a linked-together world.
In the words of the Dalai Lama:
“To meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources, and through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment. Whether we like it or not, we have all been born on this earth as part of one great human family. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated, belonging to one nation or another, to one religion or another, adhering to this ideology or that, ultimately each of us is just a human being like everyone else.”
These words of wisdom are a perfect reflection for so many of the lessons we learned and experiences we had over our past year. It is our responsibility as humans to open our eyes, explore, share, understand, and bring our hearts and minds to a space of love where we can all move forward and progress our world toward a better place.
Over the next couple of moths we will continue to share with you our stories from our final month of travel in Southeast Asia in conjunction with transitioning this website to meet our next chapter. We will be making slight changes on the site as it morphs from our personal story of travel into a space for sharing sparks of inspiration with the world and cultivate deeper global connections.
We are exceptionally grateful to all of you who have supported us in so many ways over the last year and continue to follow our journey into 2014.