Who we are
A Franco-Belgian couple, we have been setting off and returning from journeys for several years, drugged by the feeling of freedom induced by travel.
But what pushes us towards this “itinerant” way of life is, above all, the lack of restrictions and the questions arising from it!
Marked by our first experiences in Bangladesh with “Action Damien” or in Madagascar with “Graines de Bitume“, we are slowly changing the way we perceive what surrounds us. Often helpless in the face of begging, we understand that it is not about giving money… and we realize the harmful effects that many of our actions can have abroad as well as at home!
Our journeys are becoming longer (and slower!) and lead to more and more questions.
The desire to share these new perspectives and our interest in photography do the rest and gave us the idea for this project.
The purpose of this website is to bring a new dimension to our travels by relaying the ideas and values of the people and associations we meet around the world.
In addition to highlighting their work, it opens our mind and brings us new points of view on environmental and social issues that concern us all.
In addition, it allows many topics to be addressed in a positive and accessible way.
Like the little robot that has been travelling around the planet Mars since 2012, our name “Curiosity” reflects the discovery of new places, while “whispering future” indicates the interest of this curiosity and the questioning that goes with it to encourage more respectful lifestyles.
After some first experiences in Southern Africa and in the Middle East, September 2018 is the beginning of a long-distance and no-flight trip, with new reports to come!
Delphine and Clément
our ethical charter
As we travel and interact with different peoples, we can have a negative effect on the environment or on society in general. This is why we try to respect some principles when travelling, as well as in our daily lives.
— Respect for human and children’s rights —
We refuse activities or purchases involving child labour or the exploitation of human beings. Although this principle might seem obvious, it often occurs in invisible ways or in acts that are apparently benign (children helping their parents, unpaid employees, begging,…).
In the case of begging, we prefer donations to NGOs or associations that support people in need and provide access to education, rather than giving directly to beggars in order to avoid the often unsuspected negative repercussions (exploitation, vulnerability, disruption of education, delinquency, etc.).
— Respect for animals —
We place a lot of emphasis on respect for animals in our activities and purchases. We refuse all activities involving the captivity or taming of wild animals and we are careful not to be intrusive when observing them in their natural environment. We also refuse activities that attract wildlife through food (or smell), greatly preferring to observe the animals’ natural behaviour.
— Choice of transportation —
In order to limit greenhouse gas emissions, we favour public transport and minimize air travel. When we hire a vehicle or take a flight, we apply the principle of carbon compensation.
— Choice of food —
We minimize our consumption of meat and fish and adapt to the natural resources of the countries in which we are located. So we try to eat local food as much as possible.
To reduce the use of plastic (widely used in excess!), we use our own canvas bags for our purchases as well as our flasks for water. When tap water is not drinkable, it is often possible to buy it directly from water fountains rather than in bottles.
— Choice of activities —
Again, we try to favour the local aspect in our choice of activities. Tourism can contribute to the economic development of a country or region provided that this money does not fill the pockets of mainly foreign investors. Encouraging local structures is a way of contributing to a region’s economic development but also to the enhancement of cultural and natural heritage and thus in its protection for future generations.
— Choice of associations —
For our video reports, we focus on people or NGOs who share the same values as us. Of course, we remain open-minded and are willing to hear different points of view as was the case, for example, with hunting in Namibia.
Even if we are not investigators, we always share the work of associations that we believe to be interesting and beneficial for all.
— Copyright —
We mostly use our own photos and videos. The other photos/videos and music on this site always respect copyright laws. If you wish to use an image and/or video, do not hesitate to contact us.
— Translation —
This English translation has been possible thanks to the PerMondo project: Free translation of website and documents for non-profit organisations. A project managed by Mondo Agit
We are sharing here some documentaries that have influenced us a lot.
Tomorrow is a French film directed by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion. The tone is positive and gives alternatives to our lifestyles in order to show us a better future.
Blackfish immerses us in the world of captivity through the testimony of former animal trainers and by telling the true story of an orca, Tilikum, captured at a very early age and kept in a pool for more than 30 years, until its death in 2017.
In this film, Rob Stewart tries to dedemonise sharks and warn us of the risk of their future disappearance. This species, which has survived many extinctions, is on the verge of disappearing from the oceans due to non-selective fishing techniques and the trafficking of shark fins.
The Cove reports the slaughter of thousands of dolphins in Taiji Bay, Japan. It reveals the particularly violent capturing of these cetaceans for the trade of their meat – which is harmful to health – and especially for the sale of the “best specimens” to dolphinariums around the world.
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