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For the equitable love of travel & home

When my family and I traveled around the world not too long ago, I thought we’d be bit so hard by the travel bug that we’d become one of those “location independent” families. You see them here and there on the internet: families that don’t live anywhere permanent; they stay at a place for awhile, but then they move on.

I admire the tenacity of those families, and love their upstream, unconventional approach to life. But by month three or so of our travels, I knew that life wasn’t for us.

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I love vagabonding. I love exploring night markets, slurping noodles at new-to-me restaurants, swimming in obscure water holes I saw on Instagram. My favorite way of finding out what to do in a city is to ask a friendly local, “What should I do today?”

I love exploring this great, green earth and meeting her inhabitants.

But? I also love being at home. I love my favorite chair, my favorite mug, and being surrounded by books so familiar they feel like old friends. I love using my favorite huge towel when we go to the lake. I love going to church every week with familiar people. I love my blender, my pillow, and more recently, my pets.

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Our travels taught me that both wanderlust and homebody-ness can dwell in the same body. Even though they feel like a paradox, they can actually co-exist. Quite nicely, in fact—one spurs the other on to deeper passion. And that actually makes me more fully human, more fully me.

I’m thrilled and humbled to share with you my next book that explores this topic. It’s called At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe:

This book is a memoir, and it’s written for both you, the backpacking traveler and you, the armchair traveler. You can take it on your next long-haul flight, and you can tuck it in your swim bag to read as you watch your kids splash at the lake.

This book celebrates travel. And it celebrates home. And it celebrates the beautiful paradox that we can equally love both.

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe

At Home is an invitation for you to travel with me and my family for that year. Come wander the world with me and save yourself the expense of a plane ticket and the headache of jet lag.

Just for fun, I’ve created a silly internet-ubiquitous quiz for you. Go take it, then tell me here in the comments which country you got. And an easy, somewhat silly way to support this book? Share your quiz results on Facebook or Twitter.

Here are gifts I’ve created for you as a thanks for pre-ordering At Home:

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  • A paperback travel journal to help you brainstorm the “other stuff” before traveling (emotions, spiritual health, and the like)
  • An instantly downloadable chapter of At Home, so you can start reading immediately
  • Printable art handcrafted by Connie Gabbert, who created the book’s cover (and AoS’s logo!)

And for those of you in book clubs, if you order five or more copies at once, we’ll also send you a Book Club Guide, created by me, with discussion questions, fun recipes to try for your gathering, and a link to a playlist for good background music. (If you order ten or more copies, for the first five of you that submit I’ll Skype in to your gathering and say hi).

I’m so grateful to share this experience with you. I wrote At Home in the World with you in mind—to encourage you to walk out your front door, and to give you peace that you’re exactly where you need to be, right now.

This morning, my quiz result was Zimbabwe. What’s yours?

p.s. – Join the book’s launch team!

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  1. Kimberly H

    I got Kenya!

  2. Rosemary

    Turkey Turkey Turkey.

  3. Shauna

    Thailand! Your quiz is incredibly accurate, as Thailand is at the tip top of my list. Must be a sign…

    Can’t wait to read your book! I preordered it the other day.

  4. Dee

    I’ve done the test a few times (I have multiple answers for many questions!), and I get Thailand or France. Both of which I’ve been to and would love to go to again! Had one of my boys fill it out and he got Thailand as well… must be a sign 🙂

  5. Kristin

    Turkey!! It’s already on my bucketlist ?

    I really am looking forward to your book!!

  6. Aubrey

    If I pre-ordered your book on Amazon back on January 19, am I still eligible for the gifts that come with pre-ordering? Obviously I’m excited to read what you’ve written. 🙂

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Absolutely! Just fill out the form, and my publishers will be happy to get you hooked up. 🙂

      And thanks so much, Aubrey!

      • Aubrey

        Your quiz was the 2nd of its type that I took in two days… and both times I got Australia! Guess I need to start planning. 🙂

  7. Kimberly K

    Zimbabwe! Africa is always on my heart after two years serving in the PC in The Gambia so Zimbabwe is a perfect next destination for me! Can’t wait to read the book!

  8. Katie

    France! I’m learning French this year actually since I realized a lot of the countries on my bucket list either speak French or were French colonies at some point.

  9. Wendy H

    I got Kenya! On the only continent my husband and I have not been to yet. Maybe someday soon…

  10. Katherine

    New Zealand!

  11. Jaime

    I got New Zealand!

  12. Cathy

    Kenya – and it is already on our bucket list! Pre-ordered the book and can’t wait to read it!

  13. Sarah M

    I got Kenya! Have always wanted to go there 🙂

  14. Emily

    I got France, which is a place I would *almost* love to visit. The French tradition of good cheese and crusty bread would be hard for this lactose-intolerant celiac!!

  15. Andrea

    New Zealand! I love the idea of travel, but I’m a homebody who gets anxious about the logistics of international travel. Your book sounds like it’s right up my alley. 🙂

  16. Andrea

    France and that makes me really happy. I’d love to go again.

  17. Andrea

    I got New Zealand! Seems to fit me to a T!!

  18. Rebecca

    I got Thailand, and I am intrigued, the accompanying description was tempting.

  19. Ashley

    I’m not much of a traveler and I used to feel really bad about it. I’m starting to own it now, and I’m really looking forward to reading this new book!

    I got Turkey, and I’d definitely love to go there….as long as I had good guide. Let us know when you start taking random strangers with you on trips!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Uh… you’re joking, but I legit would LOVE to start leading trips to places! It’s an honest-to-goodness dream of mine.

  20. Greg

    I got New Zealand! Sounds like a good fit for me.

  21. Addie

    Thailand and I would say that’s just about right!

  22. Keah


    I tried to add my results on facebook, but I got an error message saying the app is still in testing and to switch to an administrator account.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks for the heads up! My web guy is working on it right now. 🙂

  23. Megan


  24. Frances

    I got Thailand – which actually isn’t on my list – but maybe I should check it out!

  25. Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice

    Congratulations! What a beautiful launch gift 🙂 I got New Zealand which was not what I was expecting but does sound like a lot of fun. So excited to read this one and I have the same wanderlust/community longing in my soul!

  26. AnnMarie

    I got Kenya, which is totally true! However, when I tried to share to Facebook, I got an error message “App Not Setup: This app is still in development mode, and you don’t have access to it. Switch to a registered test user or ask an app admin for permissions.” 🙁

  27. Lori

    Italy! It was already at the very top of my dream travels list. CAN’T wait to read your book, and super love the cover!! ❤

  28. Katie

    I got New Zealand. While you traveled the world, my family of 6 traveled the US in an RV for a year, Best Year Ever. We had planned to move on to the world, but had surprise #5 last year. Hoping to explore more one day. However, I love my predictable life, my bed, my coffee, my gym. I totally understand the paradox.

  29. Jess

    France. And it’s totally high on my list right now because ????. It totally fits me.

  30. Leah

    I got Turkey and how I would love to go back there with my family! I went when I was single and my husband is hesitant with the political climate, etc. Hoping to make a Turkey/ Greece trip happen one day.

  31. Kaylee Vida

    I got Thailand!

  32. Meghan

    I got Australia! Some of our dearest friends, and my daughter’s only close girl friend, moved there last year and Skype has just not been adequate!

  33. Jaime

    I got Turkey which surprised me. One thing about the quiz… the last question asked basically what is your impediment to travel and there was no good choice for that. For me it is – hands-down- the planning and logistics that I hate most about traveling. Love seeing new things and trying new foods. I almost always feels safe and we have the funds for a certain amount of traveling. But even though we currently live in Europe and have done quite a bit of traveling, I still HATE the details. Which hotel to stay at, how to get from A to B, etc.

  34. treen

    France, and a 2nd round put me in New Zealand.

    I would LOVE to be one of those traveling families that circumnavigates the globe, or lives in an RV driving around the USA for forever … but I’m having to come to grips with the fact that it will never happen for me. Due to anxiety issues in various members of our family, we are homebodies who will never travel for more than 10 days at a time. It’s tough to make that mental transition so your book title about HOME is intriguing.

  35. Mary

    I got Thailand which made me laugh since I’ve been living there for the last three years! Maybe I need to make it a priority to explore more of it ☺. Can’t wait to read your next book ?

  36. Jennifer

    France! This week will find us completing month 9 of our travel sabbatical, with only two more months to go. I’ve preordered the kindle version of your book, which I cannot wait to read in the may final stretch before we return home. And guess where we’ll be when it becomes available? Uh huh – France!!!

  37. Jennifer

    Zimbabwe…it’s been 15 years since I’ve been there, maybe a repeat should happen!

  38. Sarah

    I got Kenya! Which is a place I’ve been wanting to go for a couple of years now; however, not top of the list. 🙂 I am so excited to read this book! I loved following your adventures, especially when you were in China because that’s where I live too!

  39. kayla

    i got italy! have never been and would love to go.

  40. Lindsay

    I stumbled upon your site and can’t wait to download your book! As fellow RTW-ers, we spent 2015 traveling to places “we’d never take kids,” only to realize, we can take them anywhere! Now expecting our first child and back stateside, I fully relate to your statement of being a traveler AND a homebody. I look forward to exploring that more with your book and also taking a gaggle of kids around-the-world one day in the future.

  41. stickman

    Your book will definitely give you an enjoyable experience in the lands you have visited. I would also like to explore the land, I will look at your book and consult before going there. If possible go and write more. Thank you!

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