Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So a whole year has passed by since we wrote this Christmas poem.

Christmas and New Year is the time to reflect over your life and be thankful.  One of the things we are most thankful at Travel Out There is our big and wonderful network of Event Managers. From Amsterdam to Uzbekistan we have the pleasure of working with great, professional people.

When we were planning our Christmas Greeting for this year, our partners were the first thing that came to our mind. And that is how the idea of a 12 Days of Christmas mashup came to life.

Each partner was asked to translate a verse of the song into their local language and sing it in front of a camera. And the result turned out great. We might not have the next big talent in our team but we do have a group of charming people working with us.

 Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to all of you!

The shorter version of the song:

Did you like it? Then you will simply love this longer version of the song:

Woken up by a stranger – new ways to connect!

At Travel Out There we aim to take connections to another level. Change the environment, the setting and the way we meet. Create situations and atmospheres that will make it easier to connect, and to connect on a more meaningful level. Be it with your colleagues, friends, clients, or potential buyers.

That is why we are found of the new Wakie-app.  It is taking something as simple as an alarm clock and turning it into a social interaction.phone-windows

The app works just as a normal alarm clock. You set the time you want to wake up, but instead of being woken up by a hideous ringing, you get woken up by a stranger. That is, a stranger that is also using the app.

You can choose to be a Wakie (the one making the call) or a ‘Sleepyhead’ (the one that gets woken up). The call only lasts for 60 seconds, and no personal data is shared, i.e. you don’t see the phone number of the one you are calling or the one calling.

People that have tried the app says that they are now looking forward to the mornings and being woken up by a friendly voice from another part of the world. It is also an effective way to wake up, as you immediately need to focus on holding a polite conversation with the person on the other line of the phone. After 60 seconds of conversation you will not be able to fall back asleep that easy.

Follwoing up on our recent post about us having to learn to disconnect from technology and internet more often, this is a nice example of a good tech-invention. One that helps you connect with people,  but doesn’t occupy your time and attention.

 

Why we need to take things slower

Many of you have perhaps already seen this great video, but if you haven’t then take a look now:

First of all let’s make it clear, we are no haters of technology and all the wonderful things it has done for us. We are mostly an internet based company and without Skype and e-mails we would not be able to keep our network together.

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What we are against is the over-use of tech devices and the abundance of content that is being created and fed to us daily. Do you know that 90% of all the data in the world has been created during the last two years? 90%! And that the average person today spends more than 4 hours staring in to a phone or tablet.

We are constantly receiving information, and even the places that used to be the most sacred, like the bedroom or the toilet have today been invaded by technology. 3 our of 4 people admit using their phone while on the toilet and 2 our of 3 keep their phone next to them while sleeping.

Internet and smart phones has created a need to constantly be reachable and always stay updated. No place is no longer free from distraction and the fact that we are never bored is a hazard to our health and creativity (read our previous post about this).

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Trend to taking it slow

At the same time we see a huge trend heading the other way. Cooking from scratch, slow cooking, baking sourdough bread has been a huge trend around Europe for years now, and are all activities that  require many hours of concentration and care.

Courses in mindfulness and meditation are being held everywhere (Google even have their own Head of Mindfulness) and the DIY trends in arts and crafts and home decoration can be found all over the internet. In countries like Sweden and UK we see a trend of people moving away from the hectic cities to a quieter life on the countryside.

Furthermore, an article recently published by BBC shows that this year the sale of vinyl records has been the highest in 18 years.  Although this might be a ‘hipster trend’ as the article implies, we believe that this also shows a longing for something else. Something beyond internet, something that has to be listened to as a whole, and that can’t be fastforwarded. It’s also the pure pleasure of physically holding something in your hand, rather than simply enjoying it virtually.

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Take charge!

Today’s world is moving so fast and the demand and need we fell to constantly be connected has even coined a new diagnosis (FOMO – Fear of missing out syndrome). We say it is time we take charge of our lives and minds!

Start by taking some time to reflect over the impact internet and technology has on your life. Just lift your head up from the screen of your smart phone and look around. Go for a walk in the evening rather than staring in to the latests twitter feed, play with your kid instead of entertaining them with an Ipad, and stop reading news in bed and spend that time talking to your partner lying next to you. We promise it will make you feel better!