The Lonely Planet guide for Australia used to have in it's cover a photograph of a Wallaby lying down on a pristine white sand beach with impossibly blue water. With a little bit of research the curious adventurer can find out that this photo was taken at Lucky Beach, Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance in Western Australia. It's just a six hour detour from Norseman so many adventurers take the drive south to see with their own eyes if the Wallaby really lives on the beach (it does).
This is the Lonely Planet guide we are talking about so the Wallaby spends its day sitting on the sand while surrounded by a ring of tourists with cameras. Regardless of how adorable is the Wallaby at Lucky Bay (and patient), in my first post for Global I would rather talk about Thisle Cove.
Thisle Cove is not in the cover of the Lonely Planet guide. While driving towards Lucky Bay every tourist goes past Thisle Cove and they never stop. They could even pitch their tents at Lucky Bay campground and walk 30 minutes along the seashore to Thisle Cove and yet they never do.
Thisle Cove is a wonder of nature and is completely empty.
Global Life Experience is for people who would much rather spend a day alone at Thisle Cove (swimming naked obviously) than with buses of tourists at Lucky Bay. It is the initiative of adventure travel professionals who want to seek for these places and approach them differently.
We will embark on trips that we have always dreamt about but could never do. During our travels we would get ideas and inspiration for new things but we always ended delaying those trips. It was maybe because it seemed too complicated to organize, it involved a specific moment in time, because access was too limited or maybe because it seemed difficult to commercialize.
What we want ot do with Global is to finally focus on following those inspirations and find if those ideas are really the experiences we dreamt of.
It is time to stop dreaming and start doing.
To make things more interesting we want to make our experiences open for some customers. They will get to experience new trips that escape the normal scope of more traditional adventure travel companies. We hope to offer the opportunity to enjoy Thisle Cove rather than Lucky Bay.
Global also is about developing the 21st century way to travel. We believe that that means that travel will be more thoughtful, more focused and more authentic. We want to innovate and evolve our current concept so we expect our definition of experience to change continously. I am sure that today's Global is different from next year's but how, I cannot say. And that is the most interesting part of this bold experiment.
Will it be as good as we hope? No idea but its looking great so far.
We have thought for a long time about this idea. It was very difficult to find the words, clean the concepts and give shape to the spirit of Global.
We knew that we did not want to just observe the world as tourists and we did not want to just use it as our playground as adventurers. We wanted to experience our travels as an extension of ourselves and our values. We wanted to live as if we were always travelling so our answer was to call ourselves Nomads.
We believe that a Nomad sees no difference between "home" and "away" as she is always travelling. Everywhere is "home" and everywhere we respect people and nature as our own. We want to help and learn just as much as we want to discover and enjoy. That is why we want to think before we travel and try to understand well what is important and what is not.
When we think about what we do at Global we say that we look for the nomadic soul ("esencia nomada" in Spanish). We want to throw away all the noise and distractions to find what is the core of an experience.
That is why the first post is titled: "The Wallaby is not important".
Global does not want to see the Wallaby at Lucky Bay. Global wants to experience Thisle Cove.
When you experience a place you can discover other things that are not on the cover of the Lonely Planet guide. For example that every year Humpback Whales can be easily seen swimming past from the mouth of Thisle Cove. Or that the aboriginal people who lived in this area are known as the Njunga from the Noongar constellation and they were hit very hard during the Stolen Generations. Their art is unique amongst the aboriginal community and deserves attention.
Yes definitely the Wallaby is not important.
This blog is meant to help us understand and clean our ideas at the same time as we pass them on to the public. Global Life Experience is an experience in itself and is changing us every day.
I am very happy to share what we discover with you.