The Beautiful World Tour is a family project: one year to travel alternatively and witness the Beauty of the World.
There are multiple reasons for doing this tour. Delphine and I have been traveling the world for 20 years, and when kids where born 11 years ago, we nurtured the dream to go around the world as a whole family to do what we love most: travel to experience the Beauty of the World and share it!
Beauty of Nature
Everywhere we have been in the World, we have witnessed breathtaking beauty, and we know there is so much more to discover. We will explore the wildest areas of the countries we visit to immerse ourselves in preserved nature.
Because nature is fragile, and because it’s the most important thing humanity is sharing, we are taking a special care to actively preserve it and reduce our impact while we travel.
We have calculated our total Carbon footprint for traveling & accommodation. And it sucks…
Most of the carbon we will emit is coming from the traveling… that you can’t avoid if you are doing a world tour!
The ideal would be of course to travel less, but you can also compensate your carbon emissions by:
- sequestrating what you have emitted
- investing in the prevention of future emissions
We have decided to offset 2.5x our carbon emissions with South Pole Carbon, because the idea is just not to cancel our footprint, but rather apply the ambitious emissions reduction target for western countries to keep within the 2°C temperature increase (see NGOs chapter).
Active participation in nature preservation NGOs
But compensating the damage is not enough in our view: we wanted to get further involved in nature preservation in countries where we will spend some time. We will get involved with the Surfrider Foundation to alert about polution, do active cleaning on beaches around the world, and tell the story in schools when back home.
In this Nature preservation effort, we will try to understand how Digital can play a key role to achieve sustainability objectives, from emissions calculations to communication and education.
Beauty of People & Diversity of Cultures
One beautiful thing with “slow traveling” is the ability to meet people and embrace local cultures. We want to show the kids the infinite diversity of the different cultures, the different lifestyles, the different ways of cultivating food, the different ways to make a living, the different ways for kids to learn in school…
With already a few years in NGOs involvement, we wanted to integrate 3 initiatives during this trip:
- everywhere we go, we will try to help local people with Kiva.org to create their own business through a number of targeted micro-credits in social business, education, sustainable agriculture or whatever other project that will allow local people to reach sustainable autonomy
- while in India, we spend to some time in the Bija Vidyapeeth/Earth University (TBC) and get involved to truly understand what Organic & Sustainable farming means for local farmers and the sustainability of the Planet
- last, in Senegal the last stop of this journey, we want to help kids access education in a remote area south of Dakar by providing funds to Senecole Association to continue building a school with enough classrooms to welcome 400 kids who would not have access to school otherwise.
Ulysses & Jade will get back to school with them in October 2016 to share their African kids life.
Here too, we will try to understand how Digital can contribute to humanitarians missions, as described by Patrick Meier in is iRevolution Blog or his book “Digital humanitarians”, but also in e-Education as a way to provide access to knowledge to kids that would not even have the chance to go to school.
Beauty to travel as One Family
Having busy business lives, this year is a very special year to stay all together, all year long.
It is the opportunity to discover wonderful things together, and actively participate to the education of Ulysses and Jade: Vincent and Delphine will act respectively as Math & Science and Languages teachers, giving lessons within the CNED (Centre National d’Education à Distance) remote education framework.
It is also the opportunity for the kids to learn new languages and discover new cultures, experience the lifestyle of other kids worldwide, and make them understand how fortunate they are to be born in a privileged environment (with the duties that come with it).
Last, it’s also a special year to reconnect and spend time with key friends. We will be sharing some precious moments… for memories of a lifetime!