“Mom I’m Fine” traveller is still checking in with his mom — a year later
As our kids get older and venture out on their own, we hope they master the check-in — you know, that quick call or text to let us know they’re okay. We now have a poster boy to point to, to show our kids that the periodic check-in isn’t only essential — it’s totally doable, no matter where they are.
When Jonathan Quiñonez decided to quit his job and travel the world last year, he didn’t anticipate that in some places, it may be hard to check in with his mom. His first stop was Cuba, where he ran into some difficulties.
“With the time difference, the Communist party blocking the internet and the prices of phone calls, it was difficult to communicate with my friends and family,” he told The LADBible. “Mums are always worried. Especially mine. It was complicated to be in contact with her so I decided to give a positive message and show her that the world is a beautiful place and that I am fine.”
Just like that, an Instagram account was born. “MomImFine” lets his mom know exactly where he is — and that he’s doing just fine.
This is the first shot he uploaded, last April.
A year later, he has 237k people following his travels — and check-ins with his mom.
My mom will probably not like this picture. But this sunrise was simply one of the best of my life. Waking up at 1am to reach the top of this volcano with a gas mask because of the sulfuric smoke was an amazing experience! #momimfine #travel #indonesia #volcano #crater #backpacking #asia #crazy #ijen #sunrise #BaneMode
Each one is captioned with a little message to his mom. This one reads, “My mom will probably not like this picture.”
Quiñonez updates the account when he travels to different locations. In the last year, he’s posted 80 photos, each one better than the last.
These people are the famous "acrobatic" fishermen of Inle lake (Myanmar). One day, because of climate change, this tradition might disappear. The temperatures have been rising significantly in this region during the last few years, which affected the depth of the lake and the reproductive cycle of fish. I am happy I was able to see it, I hope next generation will be able to do so too. #momimfine #travel #myanmar #burma #asia #inlelake #climatechange #fishing #cop21#backpacking #traveler
When I invited my mother, she wanted to discover the way I like to travel. She enjoyed discovering new cultures but wasn't really a fan of my love for adrenaline so I secretly took this picture on the cliff. Sorry Mom 😀 I would like to say thank you to @nrjbelgique for believing in me and the future projects of "Mom, I'm fine" "Giving" and "sharing" have always been keywords for this project, this will take another dimension thanks to you #momimfine #travel #nusapenida #bali #indonesia #asia #crazy #sun #happy #view #cliffhanger
I travelled a lot in my twenties, and this was before cell phones were something everyone carried around constantly. About once a week I would search for a pay phone and make that overseas call. I have no idea how my mom didn’t go completely crazy. This mom is so lucky she has a son checking in, and easing her mom-mind.
If you need me I’ll be weeping silently into my computer, thinking about the day that my kids venture off without me.