In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: 'I Still Call Australia Home' song on Qantas.
We have all heard the saying, "It is nice to travel, but it is even better to come home." After struggling with foreign languages and guidebooks, Qantas has embodied that cliche in their Welcome Aboard music for all international passengers to feel as though they are already home. The song is a gentle reminder of where you are from and where you are going.
Originally, written and performed by the first "Boy from Oz," Peter Allen, as a song for expatriates longing for their mother land. The red roo has adopted the tune as part of their, little-slice-of-Oz for those Australian passengers traveling back home. After all, it is the Spirit of Australia.
There has been many carnations of the song and accompanying video, even the latest, incorporating native Aboriginal language and didgeridoos to embody the spirit of the entire country. Each version is performed by the Qantas Childrens Choir and features cities from around the globe. Even this reporter gets a little emotional after we board and hear the first few notes, and we're not even Australian!