We’re an Indian American family who love to travel. Our experience as individuals, as parents, and as a family has shown us how deeply travel can change our perspectives — on the world, on our own home, and our lives. Since our kids were born, we’ve traveled a fair bit in and out of the United States — and we’re now spending a full year out and about.
Getting to the point where our whole family is embarking on traveling for a full year took years of practice and months of preparation. It wasn’t easy — either on the logistical front or the psychological front! Many people have asked to follow along with our travels, to get a sense of our itineraries, for insight into how we made this happen, what we and our kids think, and why we decided to do this in the first place, that we’ve created this blog.
As we’ve documented, journaled, and edited, we realized that we have an even bigger purpose for our blog — to create a space where anyone — seeking any kind of adventure — can find inspiration, solace, community, and information. So we hope to include the writing and images of many different writers from many different kinds of families, sharing their own perspectives on their own travel adventures — from their own neighborhood to countries around the globe.
Our guiding values for this endeavor are revolution, evolution, and belonging.
What does it mean to value revolution? The history of the word comes from both the literal idea of rotation, and the metaphor of a “great change in affairs.” So we must all remember and respect that every one of us share this planet — a planet that is spinning on its axis at 1670 kilometers per hour, while orbiting the sun at 30 kilometers per second. This revolution within a revolution is a concrete example of our shared fate — beyond gender, religion, race, wealth, and every biological or environmental or societal differentiator.
As individuals, as a family, and as a collective, evolution is the driving value that led us both to embrace travel, and to creating this site. The word comes from the literal idea of “unrolling” — as people (across cultures) came to terms with the world as a big, diverse, and dynamic place, “evolution” became associated with thinking in fields spanning medicine, mathematics, science, and society. “An opening of what was rolled up” is an unfurling, an unraveling, a relaxing of what may have previously been tightly held. Evolution now connotes transformation through movement and extension. When we stretch towards the unknown, in ways small or big — trying new foods; walking new paths; meeting new people with their own histories, identities, and experiences — we unroll, we reach out, we extend, and in so doing, we change.
[“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” — attributed to St. Augustine]
As people of color and as the children of immigrants in the United States, we understand, we know, we feel, what it means to not belong — including the physical, material, emotional, and generational effects. The word comes from a literal meaning “to go along with, properly relate to” — belonging is one of the highest end-states of revolution and evolution, the complexity of our relationships with other people. What if we all took it upon ourselves to properly relate to one another? What if properly relating to each other is the purpose of all of our revolution and evolution — both as a duty, and the way we realize the potential to become fully ourselves? In that way, belonging feels critical, and worth the purpose of a life.
Thanks for joining us on our journey. Lots of love.