To celebrate diversity in the world, Momondo presents “The DNA Journey: a journey into who we are and how we’re all connected as a global family.” The online travel booking company asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test. Participants were proud of their ‘pure heritage,’ but the truth of their DNA surprised them.
Most Americans are human mutts. That’s not a knock, it’s a fact. Our DNA proves we come from a tree rooted somewhere else. If you are a white American mutt like me, you are probably European by descent. Europeans are mutts too. The truth is, all humans are mutts. That’s why we all need to take a DNA journey.
If I asked you your cultural heritage, would you be able to tell me the whole story?
Many of us have a mental picture of our heritage, of which we are very proud. My grandpa used to say we’re direct descendants of Erik the Red and Leif Erickson. Having Viking blood is pretty badass if you ask me, so I proudly adopted it as fact. There was always a sense of being more badass than my friends of German or British heritage, for example. Germans and Brits reading right now may be confused. “But you are American. You American’s have none of your own culture and you don’t know jack about being a German or a Brit.” Norwegians may be thinking “Yeah, you have our bad ass blood.”
Okay, so the American, German, British thing was totally hypothetical. But do you see the pattern of ‘us vs. them’ in the story? Do you see that pattern in our societal story every day? “My country, their country. My religion. Their religion.” My. My. It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think.
In our technological age, DNA holds the story of our geographical and cultural roots. We can find out what we’re made of and where we’re from simply by sending in some spit. The results pose interesting questions.
If you found out you had ancestors from parts of the world you didn’t realize, would you travel there? What if it was a country that your education, upbringing and national media portray as evil or laughable? What if you realized that a nationality you don’t appreciate was actually in your blood?
A handful of people found that out, and you can too.
Powerful message, right?
As it turns out, those that took the DNA test have much more in common with other nationalities than they thought. So do you. Let’s Open Our World is an invitation to cross boundaries, embrace our differences and open our world. By “invitation” I mean they are inviting YOU to win a DNA journey.
“At Momondo we believe that everybody should be able to travel the world, to meet other people, and experience other cultures and religions. Travel opens our minds: when we experience something different, we begin to see things differently.”
BINGO! That’s the core concept on which Inspiration Travels is founded! A big, huge, multinational hi-five to Momondo.
If you dare to question who you really are, head to Let’s Open Our World to WIN your own DNA journey: a DNA kit and the chance to visit every single country you’re from!
The question, as Momondo hints, is: can DNA testing and taking a DNA journey promote more understanding and higher quality of life in the world? I think so. Mark Twain thinks so:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
What do you think about taking a DNA journey? Join the global conversation. Leave a comment below.