Mumbai, Jan 27, 2017: The ‘Lifetime Journey-2016’ an overland journey that was flagged off from Mumbai on May 20th was accomplished on January 26, 2017. The Journey had taken Louis Dsouza and his wife Janet to London through Central Asia, Europe and back to Mumbai in over 6 months. Louis and Janet reached Mumbai at 12.30pm on January 26, 2017. They were given warm and rousing welcome by their friends and relatives.
Louis Dsouza and his wife Janet – a Mangalorean couple aged 61 and 55 respectively, had decided to give up the rat race and a world ruled by consumerism for a life on the road less travelled. While Louis grew up in a village of Malpe in Udupi district, Janet grew up in Mumbai city. They met in 1978 and got married in 1982. They have two children - son, Lloyd and daughter, Lynette; both are well settled.
“We have made several trips by road from Mumbai down South India, but never picked up courage to travel by road up North as there were lot of rumours of getting robbed, kidnapping, etc. But the desire to travel the world on road in our own car could not be resisted. Thus, the Lifetime Journey of Louis & Janet was conceived” said the couple.
“The mission of this journey is to rediscover ourselves together, explore those parts of the world that are less travelled and less known and educate ourselves and understand the social, cultural and humanitarian aspects of the several countries we visit during this journey. To us it’s all about being in a place, not only to see it but also to feel it, hear it, taste its food and sniff its smells; to connect with people and share their lives”.
“When friends and family were informed about the plan of driving from Mumbai to London by car, quite a few considered us insane and had several questions”. At the same time some of them were even excited about our plans and wanted to know more about the journey. The world lived in fear, a destructive emotion largely stirred up on account of several uncertainties in various parts of the world. But those fears of the outside world didn’t bother us; we were too excited about the journey” said Janet.
Louis and Janet reached Mumbai at 12.30pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017 to celebrate the 68th Republic Day. “The day has come, we are back in our home, back to Mumbai from our road journey of 7 months, covering two continents and 50 countries, drove for more than 55,000kms and now finally we are happy to meet you all. We want to thank each one of you personally who have supported us, encouraged our determination” said adventurous couple.