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The great affair is to move

I have been dreaming about this blog for well over a year now, so it’s hard to believe it’s finally live, ready and waiting for our family’s stories. Because for us, it’s almost impossible to sever a life of simplicity from a life of exploration, of our eagerness to learn about the Great Big World and our small part within it. We’ve long needed a place to park our thoughts.

(And hey, it’s pretty great to launch this thing with a view of Tuscany, Italy out the window.)

Welcome, welcome to this extension of The Art of Simple. As our family of five revs up to explore and travel as a daily part of our modus operandi, we craved a space to share with you our love of travel. To encourage you to get out “there,” even if it’s a block away. To bravely think outside the box. To take risks together as a family, and to wield your privilege and responsibility wisely. To not be scared to immerse in the different.

Here at The Art of Simple Travel, you’ll find our stories from abroad, tips for traveling with kids, and inspiration to pack up your bag and just go. Because here’s the thing: travel matters.

It matters because the world is infinitely bigger than our local neighborhoods, both in size and perspective. Never before in history have we been so connected, and never before have we been able to explore the world so efficiently, easily, and quickly.

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

Because of this, the world inescapably infiltrates our daily lives. Our neighbors are immigrants, our favorite foods and TV shows were birthed across the pond, our news and politics bleeds across borders. And this is a very, very good thing.

It’s only moving faster and farther in this direction of integration and international community, so we’re tethering our hearts if we choose to squint our eyes and stay near-sighted. To choose only what we know is to miss out on how the world is moving, like it or not. And we’d be missing out on some dang good food.

Here’s where all this gets really juicy: we’ve got to introduce this changing world to our kids, too. Whitney was right—they are our future, and the earlier they integrate, enjoy, and immerse themselves in the world’s variety, the better equipped they are to lead, serve, and communicate effectively when it’s their time to hold the baton.

Travel. Matters.

Hear me out—I’m not saying I think you’re wrong if you don’t take your kids on a round-the-world trip. Not at all. Because the world has come to each of us, in so many ways, it’s easy to learn about peoples, places, and cultures without a passport. (This blog can serve as a major tool for this experience, if you like.)

But I will boldly say that I think you should leave your home country as a family at least once in your life, and to do what you can to make it happen. Are you a bad parent if you don’t? Of course not. Will life go on if you never get on that plane? Totally. I never left the States with my parents and brother when I was growing up, and I live an incredibly fulfilling life.

But you’re missing out if you don’t. Believe me. There’s something about traveling to a different culture with your kids that changes you, bonds you, and shapes your family culture like nothing else. It’s worth every penny and potential headache, and you’ll never know what it’s like unless you go.

I’m not talking about a massive trip that requires an entire lifestyle shift. I’m talking about a week or two across the border, away from your normal, saved up for pennies at a time. Even if it’s just once, before your kids leave home.

We hope this blog encourages you to strap on that backpack and take those first steps out the door. It only gets easier after that, and you’ll be so glad you did.

How this blog works

Yes, I’ll still be spearheading and writing at The Art of Simple—I love that place, and have no plans of ever leaving it. That’s where I’ll share my passion for living simply, and share that same passion from our writers. It’s not going anywhere.

AoST is our home for sharing our passion for travel, the flip side to our family’s simple living coin—the two go hand-in-hand for us. Kyle will occasionally write here as well, and Tate, our oldest kiddo, will also write about traveling from a kid’s perspective. Stay tuned.

We’ll post here both as we travel and as we gear up to travel, both locally and abroad. We hope to share tips, stories, and inspiration, along with photos, resources, and eventually, videos and a podcast.

To subscribe to the blog via email, check out the top of the sidebar, to the right. We’d love you to join us.

We’d love to hear from you: what’s your experience with traveling as a family? Where do you most want to go? And if you’d like to stick around as a reader, what sorts of things would you most like to hear from us? And also, please just say hello! We’d love that.

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141 Comments

  1. priest's wife @byzcathwife

    We leave for Austria and Romania TOMORROW- I hope I will have wifi so I can keep up with this blog!

  2. Jacque Watkins

    Oh Tsh! This. What a lovely home here! So thrilled for your new adventure and praying peace and traveling safety and learning and a bunch of blessing as you travel as a family this year. Sending much love! And YAY for Ted’s work 🙂 So beautiful…xo

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      He’s great, isn’t he?

  3. Amanda Kendle

    Tsh, this is brilliant news, I’m so excited to see a dedicated travel blog, and to hear your thoughts on how important travel is (because I feel exactly the same). I am all about trying to encourage every family to travel as much as they can – my parents did it for me (on a real budget, not that I was a silver spoon child or anything) and it changed my whole life (for the better), and I’m trying to pass this on to my son as well (so far, so good). Can’t wait to follow all that you do here. xx

  4. ohAmanda

    Yay, Tsh! So excited about your trip (also your Tuscany pics–Sheesh!) and this new space!

  5. Amy | Girl Goes To Italy

    This is funny timing because I just returned from a fantastic trip to Verona where I intentionally left the rest of the family at home. Traveling has done so much to change my perspective and I know my daughter, young as she is, will benefit hugely from it. I’ve heard you say before that it gets easier to travel with your family the more you do it. I’d like to hear stories about some of your early trips and what you did to help your family adjust to the challenges of being away from home. So exited about this new page.

    • Kristen

      Amy, I adore Verona! Did you get to see an opera at the amazing Roman amphitheater? I worked in Verona over ten years ago when I was single and have always thought it would be the perfect place to spend a summer as a family. Of course it’s fun solo too!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Absolutely! Will be happy to share how we help our family adjust, especially when they’re young. 🙂

  6. joanna

    This is incredible. My heart is beating a little faster for you. I can’t read of your adventures. I wish I could do a trip. I am a Spanish teacher and as I am always finding ways to teach my students of the world I need to also do that for my 3 boys. Buen viaje!!!

  7. joanna

    I can’t wait to read (I meant)

  8. Robin Smith

    So excited about this new site and your upcoming trip! My in-laws have been so wonderfully generous to take huge family trips and make memories with us. In the past 12 years, three trips to the UK and two to Costa Rica and Panama. My kids have been so blessed!

  9. Kara Fleck

    YES! So excited to see this blog launch and you already know that the Fleck family will be following along. The travel bug is contagious and I thank you, friend, for being such an influence on me in that direction. You make this homebody feel inspired to spread her wings AND to take the family along!

    Can’t wait to read what comes next!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks, friend!

  10. Meagan

    Tsh, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to see a blog launch! Looking forward to reading, especially from Tate’s perspective. My husband and I would love to take our kids oversees at least once before our oldest graduates. We’ve got four years {gasp!} which sounds like plenty of time to make it happen, but you know…time. It has a way of slipping away. Anyway, we really enjoy road trips and camping and traveling to places in the US with the kids, but I would desperately love to take them far out of our little corner of the world. Just once. More than that would be a much-welcomed bonus. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      You are so kind, Meagan! Thanks so much.

  11. Jessica

    Hello!! I’m excited to follow your family’s new blog. My husband and I love to travel and being from the British Isles have explored lots of European countries over the years as it’s all so close and convenient for us to get to! We became parents last year (and are expecting our second!) so travelling is not as easy as it once was, it’s now both exciting and daunting at the same time and the budget is somewhat tighter! We head to Scotland next week though for our first family holiday and also dream of taking our family to New Zealand, Hawaii, Iceland and lots of places in southern Africa (we hope to move out there in a few years!). We also dream of taking some time out so that we can road-trip around the USA and Canada – us Brits all seem to want to do this! 🙂 Looking forward to being inspired by your family, learning some travel tips and finding some new places to add to our must-go-to travel list!

  12. karen

    Really excited for this sister site, Tsh. Our (American) family lives in Western Europe and travel is both a part of the job and a part of the fun (fun? yes? Maybe?). And we do it with our three kids, as well, so I’m really excited and anxious for whatever tips, advice and motivation you have to share!

  13. Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha

    Oh, I love this extension of your site! We are leaving today to travel to Europe with our 5 and 7 yo…. I agree with you how important it is that our children see and learn about the world. Happy travels to you and enjoy Tuscany… (as if not enjoying it were possible!!) 🙂

  14. Elise

    Can’t wait to see what you share in this new space! My family and I are Americans currently living in South Korea, so I always feel a kinship with you when I read about your experiences abroad. 🙂 If you happen to be coming through Seoul on your big trip and would like us to show you around, please let me know!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks, Elise – will do!

  15. Adriel Booker

    Yay! This is a very good thing. Stoked for you guys and can’t wait to hear from Tate!!

  16. andie

    Can’t wait to read all about it! (And hopefully get to see you on one of your stops!)

  17. cheryl carrell

    Yay! So excited for you, and looking forward to reading here! <3

  18. Jennifer Brandon

    Hi Tsh! I’m Jennifer, and my family and I also love to travel (we have traveled domestically and abroad). A couple of months ago we had the hair-brained idea of exploring what it would take to go on a round-the-world trip. The idea was almost intoxicating. It literally kept me up at night thinking about and researching the various aspects – budget, itinerary, road-schooling, renting out our home, traveling mindset vs. vacation mindset, slow travel (and what that will look like for us), packing and preparation, and even re-entry into “normal” life when coming home. During my research, I came across your blog post from last fall about your upcoming trip and inhaled every word. Since then, I have very much enjoyed The Art of Simple and all that it has to offer. Thank you for creating that beautiful space!
    Realistically, our trip is still a couple of years away. By then, our sons will be 9th grade (gasp!) and 7th grade. If you cross paths with other world travelers with high-school age kids, I would LOVE to know what resources they are using for school and any other helpful tips for traveling with teenagers.
    I am so excited for you and your family and the adventure that lies ahead. (And, I can’t wait to learn with you on the blog :)) Until then, may your summer days be warm and peaceful!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Love this, Jennifer! And yes, I’ll absolutely share what I can glean from other families with slightly older kids. I LOVE that you’re doing this, no matter the age. Good for you!

  19. Malinda Fuller

    Tsh – this is wonderful.
    “Travel. Matters. To choose only what we know is to miss out on how the world is moving” – this is my favorite quote. My kids both had passports by 3months old, and their first stamp by age 1. I look forward to continue the exposure and adventure with them. And I am thrilled for this space, and all your adventures. Thanks for taking us with you!!

  20. Karen Hamilton

    This is so exciting…I’m looking forward to reading about your travels :). I have a niece in China (almost a year now). You would love her. She is a wife , mom and foster mom with a baby on the way.

  21. Catherine

    I am so excited for you and yr new blog! My father was a professor. We spent every summer traveling extensively, and 2 years in Asia as a Peace Corps volunteer family. As an adult, before kids, I felt that I HAD to get out of the country at least once/year! Two of my kids are internationally adopted.
    Travel has always been my passion, but my husband has a “regular” job. I’m currently a SAHM, but usually am employed in a “regular” job, also. It tears my heart out to not travel. I feel that my kids are missing out on so much.
    I am so excited for you and your family. I find myself in tears right now, though, because this is something we can’t do as a family. I’m sorry – I didn’t mean for this to be about me ;-)!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      It’s okay that it’s about you, Catherine—I like hearing the hearts of readers. And I actually completely understand why travel brings you to tears… you sound like we’re cut from the same fabric. 🙂

  22. Shaina

    I am looking forward to the posts here, Tsh. As someone who has never had the opportunity to travel but longs to experience the world and share the enormity of it with her children, I fully appreciate how you live. For now, I’ll have to simply save my pennies and plan while I live vicariously through your travelogue.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thank you so much, Shaina! That means a lot.

  23. Rebecca

    Congratulations on the new site! I’m really looking forward to following you around the world. And I am holding out hope that you will set foot in Cambodia (Angkor Wat!) and that I’ll *just happen* to be getting coffee at the same coffee shop as you at the same time ;). We have been abroad for 5 yrs, ever since we became parents living a life I never expected (but hoped for). Other than going back to USA to see family, we hope to make it to New Zealand while we’re still on this side of the planet (Cambodia). I hope our paths cross in the coming year!

  24. Ashley Brooks

    Congrats on the new site–I love it! My husband and I went to Europe for three weeks last fall and loved it. Now that we’re expecting our first baby, I’m already dreaming of what big trip we can take our kids on someday. Can’t wait to read more about your family travels in this space!

  25. chelsea hudson

    Excited to see this Tsh! I think we are cut of the same genetic cloth when it comes for a yearning and thirst for adventure, travel, cross-cultural experiences. And now that I have 3 girls of my own, I yearn even moreso to take them with me on my travels (not all the time, but most of the time). We have been fortunate to have been able to live overseas for 3 years, have had missionary grandparents in Thailand for 10 years (and two trips to see them!) and have many, many adventures either in the works or stewing on the back burner of my wanderlusty mind. Last summer, I packed up our three girls (7,5, 2) into a tiny Mazda 3 and drove from Maryland to Wyoming with a long stop in Colorado. We camped in the Tetons and Yellowstone. It was a fabulous trip! This summer, we are gearing up to drive due north to the very far norther tip of Nova Scotia and back again with a few stops along the way (including Prince Edward Island, which is a dream come true to this Anne of Green Gables junkie’s heart). Travel is part of my deep value system. Its not *just* an adventure, its how I breathe and recapture my sense of awe and wonder at our Creator again. My girls all have international names… Adelaide, Sydney and (Nadia) Asia, for crying out loud. So all this to say, here is me raising my glass of wine and toasting you and yours! Hope we run into each other in some obscure airport across one of the oceans sometime. (also, I am working on my own travel-with-kids blog… right now it is http://www.comeonkidsletsgo.wordpress.com ) Cheers!

  26. Emily

    I can’t wait to follow along with your adventures! Thank you for articulating why travel is so important – especially for kids! As a teenager, travel shaped me into the person I have become, and I hope to provide the same opportunities for my own daughter now! She just turned one, but it’s never too early to start expanding horizons 🙂

  27. Jan McClarty

    The world is an amazing classroom, Tsh. When my 3 kids were at home, we tried to take them to different places (mostly in the US) every chance we got. We also invited as many international friends to stay in our home as we possibly could. (exchange students, missionaries, college students from other countries, and other random people who just needed a place to stay for a while) Exposing them to a world outside our comfort zone has given them all an incredible love for people and they places they live. The result is I’m seeing them head out with their small families now on similar adventures. In fact, tomorrow my son and his wife will take our youngest grandson (3 months) back to the northern side of Asia where they live. It will be hard to see them go, but I feel pride as I observe their handling all the details of moving a family themselves. (itinerary, documents, medications, packing smart, etc) And you can guess where our next trip will be! They followed our dreams, now we follow theirs.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Hi Jan! You guys have always inspired me in this department, so thank you so much for your encouragement here. XO

  28. Jan McClarty

    The world is an amazing classroom, Tsh. When my 3 kids were at home, we tried to take them to different places (mostly in the US) every chance we got. We also invited as many international friends to stay in our home as we possibly could. (exchange students, missionaries, college students from other countries, and other random people who just needed a place to stay for a while) Exposing them to a world outside our comfort zone has given them all an incredible love for people and they places they live. The result is I’m seeing them head out with their small families now on similar adventures. In fact, tomorrow my son and his wife will take our youngest grandson (3 months) back to the northern side of Asia where they live. It will be hard to see them go, but I feel pride as I observe their handling all the details of moving a family themselves. (itinerary, documents, medications, packing smart, etc) And you can guess where our next trip will be! They followed our dreams, now we follow theirs.

  29. Guest

    Love it! Can’t wait to keep up with you all on this wonderful extension of Art of Simple.

    I traveled quite a bit before I was married and then my husband and I traveled a lot before we had kids. Your family’s desire to see the world is so fun to read about. We’ve decided to focus on seeing the states for now and expanding out in between and after that. 🙂

  30. Maggie Roth

    Eek! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this blog since you mentioned it a few months/weeks back. As someone who loves to travel (including the travel planning and research) and really wants to make it a family affair, I cannot wait to hear about your adventures! My husband and I just returned from France and feel like London/England will be a good international spot for our first trip with our little ones. Fingers crossed, we’ll do it in one year (maybe two).

    You rock, sister! Keep it up!

  31. Laurel

    Looking forward to reading about your family’s adventures abroad! Have already immensely enjoyed your Instagram photos of Tuscany. 🙂

    We’re a young family (oldest is 19 months) but my husband and I both hope to instill a certain wanderlust in our children from a young age. We’ve both travelled abroad and would love to figure out a way to do it with our children. Looking forward to hearing how you do it with yours!

  32. Sarah m

    YAY!!!! Can’t even wait to read more and explore here along with you!
    Sarah M

    • Sarah m

      My kids are 5 & 7, and we’ve traveled a lot IN the country with them–cross country a few times, long camping trips, that kind of thing. I love traveling. I’d rather live in a shack and travel somewhere big every year (or lots of small places in a year!) than spend my money anywhere else. I traveled a lot in Europe before I was married. My husband has never been anywhere except Canada–he was born in British Columbia, and then the States. We honeymooned in Montreal, which we’d both never been. Our big plan for our 10 year (next) was Scotland, which we want to mostly hike and tour around on bike and motorcycle (he drives, I ride 🙂 ), though we’d like that to be one without kids. I would love to travel anywhere and everywhere with my kids, hoping someday to WWOOF it with them (South America?). I’d love to see a lot of posts about actual budgeting needed for trips. We do live and travel simply, but that would be helpful.
      Sarah M

      • Tsh Oxenreider

        So fun, Sarah! WWOOFing seems so fascinating to me… and yes, we’ll write about budgeting and all that other nitty-gritty stuff. Stay tuned! 🙂

  33. Sharon Holbrook

    I’m so excited to follow your adventure! I’ve always been torn between a love of travel and immersing myself in new places vs. my own fears. Yes, I am scared, especially if not knowing the language. We are taking baby steps and I even spoke a little Spanish in Puerto Rico this winter and it was actually exhilarating. I’m getting there!

  34. Annie Barnett

    I know I’m a little biased, but I think the new site is beautiful!

    We both traveled overseas before kids, and have done a bit of exploring on the east coast, but love the idea of traveling as a family. Living near New York provides a lot of opportunities to explore other cultures too. And on the flip side, we’ve also loved hosting friends from all over the world, and learning from them in our home as we practice hospitality.

    So excited for this new chapter! Love you guys!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Well, dear Annie, you KNOW you can always join us anywhere, any time. Just saying. 😉

  35. Janet Phillips

    We’re a traveling family as well and so I look forward to what you have to share. We always hear people say they will travel when the kids are older and I am always saddened by that comment. Travel with kids IS hard but it IS fun…and oh so memorable. My seven year old said a few months ago, “This year was kind of boring. I only saw three countries.” We just moved back to the States after six years in Indonesia and my husband stayed in Indonesia for a bit while I traveled back with six kids ages 1-11. If I can do that, others can get in the car or get on a train and hop in a plane and see and do SOMETHING. We’re gearing up for a 40 day road trip around the US with just our Suburban and a vintage pop-up camper. Can’t wait!

  36. Sandra K

    Hey Tsh. I’ve been meaning to write. We live in China, Yunnan, Dali. If you are coming this way, let us know. I’d love to do your laundry and treat you to a home cooked meal. You can reach me via email. hugs.

  37. Amy Rogers Hays

    Wow! This is just lovely. I’m coming off a month of travel, which makes me both so excited for y’all and a little in awe that you would do what we’ve done for X12 as long. It’s going to be awesome and intense! I’m so looking forward to hearing about the adventure here!

  38. Mary Strecker

    I am so thrilled out about this new space dedicated to travel! My family and I are about to finish up 11 months of living in Germany, and I have to tell you… one of my biggest fears about moving (to Waco, Texas!) is losing travel. Losing that desire to explore because we’re back in the “boring” states. Seeing this space gets me so excited because now I know that we’ll have you cheering us on and giving us ideas and inspiration for how to make travel a part of our lives no matter where we are. Yay!

    • Chelsea hudson

      Mary, I am not sure if you are military, missionary or other, but I have some dear friends in Waco who spent many many years church planting in Germany. If you want someone nearby who can talk German, cook German, or just muse about shared experiences, I am sure they would be a great asset to you!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Mary, I totally get that feeling of being “stuck” in the “boring” States. So yes, traveling is absolutely a state of mine – local travel does a world of good for my disposition, I tell ya. 🙂

  39. Kristen

    I’m very excited about this new extension of The Art of Simple. If you need a good family tour guide in Florence, my art historian friend Monica Shenouda is excellent and can be reached through Context Travel. Buon Viaggio!

  40. Morgan Ev

    I love this! We’re an American family who have been living in East Asia working for a non-profit for about 10 years–first China, then Thailand, and now Taiwan. Raising our three boys (10, 6, and 3) overseas, seeing the world together, and experiencing so many different people and cultures and places with them has been such a gift. I will definitely be following along–only wish our paths could cross while you’re in our neck of the woods! Cannot wait to see your first posts from China!! It’s still my first love (it was our first overseas home as a married couple) and we still travel back frequently. Have so enjoyed your pics from Tuscany and look forward to seeing more of the world’s beauty through your lens.

  41. Breanne

    So stoked to see this beautiful new place and super excited to read along in this space. We’re currently on a ten week trip of North America and dream about travelling overseas in a few years when our girls are older. We traveled overseas for six months directly after our wedding and it changed us for the good and is something we firmly believe everyone should do!

  42. Dayna W

    Wow, I really love your first blog, but I must say I am SO EXCITED about your new one! My husband and I share your views on travel and just recently took our 1 yr old and 3 yr old to Germany and Austria for 2 weeks. We have conventional office jobs which do not give us much time to travel, but we are saving our pennies in hopes that one day we can leave these jobs behind, and take our family on a round the world journey like the one you are about to embark on! I cannot wait to hear every detail in the planning and execution of your journey. I live in North Atlanta and am so disappointed I did not come to your book signing to meet you earlier this year. It was right after our giant snowstorm, or “snowpocalype” as we call it now, and I just wasn’t sure about braving the roads yet. I really regret not coming to meet you and your family, though, and I hope to have the chance again sometime!

  43. Dayna W

    Wow, I really love your first blog, but I must say I am SO EXCITED about your new one! My husband and I share your views on travel and just recently took our 1 yr old and 3 yr old to Germany and Austria for 2 weeks. We have conventional office jobs which do not give us much time to travel, but we are saving our pennies in hopes that one day we can leave these jobs behind, and take our family on a round the world journey like the one you are about to embark on! I cannot wait to hear every detail in the planning and execution of your journey. I live in North Atlanta and am so disappointed I did not come to your book signing to meet you earlier this year. It was right after our giant snowstorm, or “snowpocalype” as we call it now, and I just wasn’t sure about braving the roads yet. I really regret not coming to meet you and your family, though, and I hope to have the chance again sometime!

  44. Marla Taviano

    First of all, I’M ABOUT TO PEE MY PANTS WITH GLEE. This is amazing and beautiful and makes my heart dance like an elephant.

    Our fam of 5 spent 5 weeks in Cambodia/Thailand 2.5 years ago, and (after some health issues, loss, heartache, and other hard stuff), we’re saving up for another 2-month trip in Jan/Feb 2015.

    I loooooooooove this space, and I’m THRILLED for you guys (and for us since we get to read it)!!

  45. Marla Taviano

    First of all, I’M ABOUT TO PEE MY PANTS WITH GLEE. This is amazing and beautiful and makes my heart dance like an elephant.

    Our fam of 5 spent 5 weeks in Cambodia/Thailand 2.5 years ago, and (after some health issues, loss, heartache, and other hard stuff), we’re saving up for another 2-month trip in Jan/Feb 2015.

    I loooooooooove this space, and I’m THRILLED for you guys (and for us since we get to read it)!!

  46. Samantha DenBleyker

    What a wonderful trip you have ahead of you! I’m ridiculously excited to follow your journey (and slightly jealous 🙂 ). Thank you for sharing your families journey with is!

    Fortunately my travel bug will be slightly fulfilled (or pushed into overdrive) in 3 weeks as my daughter(also my oldest at 9 1/2) and I head off to Guatemala to serve at an orphanage where some friends of ours are missionaries. I am so excited to take her out of the U.S.

    I can’t wait to read all about your trip and would love to be able to meet you one day! I think you should come to Alaska on your next book tour…or on your round the world trip. 😉

  47. Rani

    So excited for you and your family and look forward to learning more about how you do this! I would love to travel more with my family and right now just feel stuck in the job world. Yes, making steady income, but towards what end is unsure. Doing our best to live simply and get my husband on board, because I know he needs a change as well. I hope one day, I can be traveling with my girls and husband exploring this great big beautiful world as you are about to embark on. Cheers to your journey! Look forward to taking it all in through your words and posts!

  48. Tanya

    Looking forward to reading this! I am single, no children. I have always wanted to visit New York City, and I would love advice on traveling alone. If I can get to NYC this summer, it will probably be for a few days by myself. Tsh and other fellow travelers, any advice on how to travel safely on a budget in NYC?

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I’ll share more in the future, but I’ll say now that I absolutely LOVE traveling alone. One of my favorite things to do!

  49. Raquel

    So excited to follow along on this adventure with you! I have yet to travel outside of the US so I am looking forward to hearing about different places!

  50. Alysa

    Congratulations, I am so excited about this new blog! We just started traveling as a family for our life in baseball, and so far we are loving exploring new places, meeting new people, and getting outside of our little box of life.

  51. Heather L

    I couldn’t sign up faster to get your email/blog posts. Our family is on board literally and figuratively with the entire concept! We are currently putting our house up for sale and selling stuff in order to begin the process of freeing ourselves up financially for more travel. What a big emotional undertaking that is and God is teaching me a lot about myself and Himself though the whole process.

  52. Heather L

    Oh I just thought of a question too. . . I’d love to hear about travel gear. We are in the process of selling our big bulky suitcases and opt instead for a backpack for everyone. I’d love to know what has worked well for other travelers.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Yes! I have a post about that very thing in the works, in fact. 🙂

  53. Ashley

    I am very excited about your blog as I’m a big fan of The Art of Simple and my husband and I are travelers; in our 6 years together we’ve traveled to 44 countries (I just counted!) living in 2 and planning much, much more. I’m excited to join you all on your fabulous journey!

  54. Susan

    I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures! We are a family of 9 and haven’t been able to do any lengthy trips but did take 5 of our children to Poland and Austria last year. Would love to travel as a family for a few months at a time but may have to wait until hubby retires:)

  55. Deborah

    I love travel so much. When I was young I lived for 6 months in England. Loved it and want to go back. I also had the opportunity to travel to 9 other countries. It was a fabulous time. I would love to travel with my children. They are 9 and 11. Where I would take them I don’t know. I don’t have a place in mind. My husband wants to take them to Disney World. I just have to figure out how to afford a trip. We live on one very small income. So need to figure out how to live very frugally or something I am not sure. But I want to travel so bad. So I have got to figure out something.

    • Rosie

      To each his/her own, but I’d encourage and challenge you/him to think beyond Disney. Perhaps there is somewhere relatively nearby with different culture/landscape/feel than where you currently live, perhaps in the same country or even state but that’s a “real” place to travel to? Can you stay with friends to save money (and offer to have them stay with you and show them around your home turf in return)? Find a volunteer or service opportunity where you could work together as a family in exchange for room and board? I’m sure there are lots of frugal ideas, maybe they will be shared in this new blog!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I’ll definitely share more about budgeting in the future, so take heart, Deborah!

  56. Lindsay

    How exciting! I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately and I think it’s because I have an itch to MOVE (not move-move, but move and get out and see the world for a bit). We’ve taken our kids to Europe a few times – this Christmas, we’re hoping to be in Spain. I’ll look forward to reading about your adventures and living vicariously! Congrats on the new blog!

  57. Stephanie@Mrs.Debtfighter

    Love the new site!!! I look forward to reading about your travels. As a family working hard to pay off our mortgage, travel is our splurge for exactly the same reason! I don’t want my kiddos to miss out on exploring different parts of the world! 🙂

  58. LoriSF

    I’m so happy about this new site! My family of four travels as often as possible. Last summer was the kids’ first time out of the United States; we went to Europe for 3-1/2 weeks. It was tough and maybe a bit too aggressive (we moved locations every 2-3 days)… but it was addictive. I can’t wait to do another big trip – I’m fantasizing about Kyoto, Japan. Until then, we’re doing shorter, closer trips (Mexico last spring, Yellowstone National Park in August).

    I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures!

  59. gayle bellomy

    Nice! My dad loved to say that I would stand at the screen door when I was a toddler and say, “Go! Go!” I learned to love everything about travel from my parents and my grown kids love travel more than any THING they could buy. I still have Cuba, Finland and India on my go-to list. Looking forward to your posts. Enjoy!!!

  60. gayle bellomy

    Nice! My dad loved to say that I would stand at the screen door when I was a toddler and say, “Go! Go!” I learned to love everything about travel from my parents and my grown kids love travel more than any THING they could buy. I still have Cuba, Finland and India on my go-to list. Looking forward to your posts. Enjoy!!!

  61. Kimberley Allan Mulla

    I am in love all over again. I love AoS but I think I’m going to love it here even more. This aspect of your book, the discussions in the book club, and your stories have resonated with me. I have wished to travel. And now with kids it has seemed impossible. Thank you for showing me it’s not. We are on our way to making this a part of our lives. One thing I’ve realized since reading your writing, is that my perception of what travel looks like was stuck. I’ve started thinking about it differently and am working to incorporate it in our lives. Thank you. And Bon voyage.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Totally not impossible with kids! Take heart, Kimberley. 🙂

  62. Melissa Jones

    So is email subscription the only option, or am I just jumping the gun on the RSS feed?

  63. Kristin Giuliani

    Congrats! I have so appreciated your voice in my life over the past few years and am excited to read this next chapter. I must admit that I must squelch some jealousy and will be living vicariously through you as we are in a season of travel sacrifice – the financial and time constraints of living on a grad student stipend require us to quench our travel thirst in much less grandiose ways (though my wanderlust-filled heart has been slowly learning to appreciate the profound differences right around us). Looking forward to Tate’s perspective – we have three girls (6,3,2) who will also love hearing her voice! Best wishes and thanks for being such an encourager!

  64. Christina M

    Our family of two just expanded to a family of three. Our very energetic nine-month old will now be joining us on our travels. Does anyone have any recommendations for traveling with babies?

  65. Kristi

    This is SO fun, Tsh. I have been reading The Art of Simple (I’m trying to stop myself from calling it Simple Mom…) for years and years. I love what your family is doing and I can’t wait to glean from your experience.

    We are in a reverse season right now, having moved closer to family and putting in roots. But I really look forward to living overseas with our kiddos someday. 🙂

  66. Ana

    I’m a longtime reader of AoS, and couldn’t be more thrilled you’re sharing your amazing trip with us! I’ve been fortunate enough to leave the US three times, and backpacked through the UK/Europe in the summer of ’99. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  67. Jai

    Yay! I have been anticipating your journey for awhile! My family and I are starting an adventure ourselves! we are traveling the US in our travel trailer. Our desire is to find sustainability for ourselves, our family and our planet through simple living in all areas of our lives–body, emotion, mind and spirit! It feels great to be connected to others following their dreams in a big way.

  68. Fawn Carriker

    I love The Art of Simple, and this outgrowth will be just perfect! Happy traveling (as I write this I am in the midst of packing for a week at The Disneyland Hotel for the Close To My Heart convention…not taking my family, but spending time with my scrapbooking and papercrafting “sisters”. We go tomorrow! – Fawn

  69. Josanna

    I LOVE this!! My job requires almost full time travel, but I’m grateful that my family is able to tag along for much of it. We have 2 small kiddos and have really enjoyed sharing a tiny part of this big world with them! Traveling with littles under the age of 5 can be trying at times, but, oh, so worth it! I can’t wait to read more…to travel vicariously with your family and to pick up as many travel tips as possible! Thanks in advance- can’t wait!!

  70. Katie

    So excited to read along as your family sets out on a new adventure. LOVE the new site, and can’t wait to soak it all in. Thanks for writing! 🙂

  71. Abby Kasky

    Hi Tsh,
    Can’t wait to watch and see how this site develops! My husband and I are teachers at international schools around the world. We are currently teaching in India and prior to that we were in Brazil. We spend our summers on beautiful Bainbridge Island, so I feel like we have the best of both worlds. We’ve taken our three little ones to Peru, Argentina, Nepal, Thailand, Amsterdam, Paris, Columbia, and throughout Brazil and India. I sometimes miss the comforts of home and suburbia, but I find your posts on travel so encouraging and affirming. Can’t wait to read more!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Okay, your situation sounds AMAZING. And we love Bainbridge! Next time we happen to be there during a summer I just may look you up…

  72. Kat Lee

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to follow along on all your travels.

    Our family has traveled a lot, but only by car. Our goal is to hit the continental 48 before our oldest goes off to college. We’re halfway there.

    We’ve taken the kids individually on a few flights, but we’ve not flown anywhere as an entire family.

    I would LOVE to go to Europe as a family and also to the Philippines.

    I’m really looking forward to whatever you choose to post, but I do think it’s really fun that Tate is going to post. Can’t wait to see what she shares.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks, friend! And I love your goals… good ones.

  73. Jeannie Rodriguez

    This is awesome! I was just telling my husband that I was going to do some research on your blog to see what I could find about budget-friendly traveling, and the next day, this announcement was in my feed! Our family has just moved to Turkey for my husband’s job, and we want to see everything, everywhere! My husband is already thinking about vacation times and the endless possibilities that await, but we also want to spend wisely and responsibly. I would love to see information on finding places to stay (from weekend trips to even a month-long summer or Christmas trip)that won’t cost a fortune. I’m really looking forward to this blog–and even sharing it with my eight-year-old daughter. I think she’ll really appreciate Tate’s perspective.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Where in Turkey are you?

  74. Debbie

    I’m so excited to read your new blog! Our family loves to travel. We just got back from a week in Vancouver with our kids, and my husband and I are planning our 10th anniversary trip to Germany and Austria in the fall. Looking forward to hearing about how it will go with the kids as you travel around the world!

  75. Alissa Maxwell

    Lovely! I’m happy to see you have this up and running before you leave for your trip. I’m one of those logistics geeks who finds the preparation for travel simply fascinating. Bring it on!

    My husband and I are lucky to have experienced different parts of the world before kids. On a trip to Belize, we stayed in a small hotel where there was a couple with a toddler. That was the first time I considered the idea of traveling with young kids… we were jealous and inspired. Our boys have not been international (yet), but we are constantly exploring the west and hoping for bigger trips if we can get the logistics figured out.

  76. Sarah Silvester

    How exciting! I can’t wait to get your travel updates.
    Well since I live in New Zealand, we most want to visit America! Our best man and his wife live in Connecticut and we miss them so much. If we did that trip I’d then pop down to visit dear friends who moved to Rio de Janeiro, then I’d love to take the whole family perhaps to Costa Rica and then to the Galápagos Islands to see some wildlife. The next big trip would be to the uk to see my best friend over in England and there are many places in Europe I’d love to see. And we’d better put Jordan on the list as Hubby really wants to see Petra (so do I) and it’d be wonderful to go there while it’s still relatively peaceful, so I’ve heard. Hmm. Lots of dreams!

  77. Erin Brown

    Oh, this blog is going to be amazing! We are a military family and in the past 10 years have lived in Monterey, CA (twice), Suwon, South Korea, Kapolei, HI, and Seoul, South Korea. During our current stint in Seoul, we have traveled to Beijing, China, Phuket, Thailand, and Venice, Italy (I read Notes from a Blue Bike during our son’s naps). Our son has more stamps in his passport than most four year olds. He climbed the Great Wall of China when he was three and rode at elephant in Phuket the day before turning four. My husband is getting out of the military in a month and a half to go to law school at the University of Oregon. I’m from Michigan, but I love the Pacific Northwest and keep fantasizing about all the trips we can take. I’m also trying to figure out if we can spend our son’s fifth birthday in Sydney, Australia. My husband’s grandparents live in Sisters and I look forward to the yearly rodeo and Quilt Show. We may finally have the chance at a “stable” home, but we are definitely not ready to give up traveling! Canada! They require a passport now, right? I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver…

  78. Heather Heinzer

    Congrats on the new venture! We’re getting ready to take out first family trip in years, just to see family a few states away, and I’ll admit I’m scared. But now, I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say here, and maybe someday, I’ll feel the need to go further!

  79. Anna

    This is so exciting! Your podcasts keep me entertained as I travel around Sumatra, and I know this blog will keep me company now, too! I’m looking forward to reading your insights as you begin your journey around the globe with your family. I’m especially interested in your findings of how to marry living simply with travel. I wonder how this next year of travel will inspire in you!

  80. Sloan

    How exciting! I love listening to your podcasts and I can’t wait to read about your trip! I’m hoping to get my husband out of the country before we start having babies and then get us out of the country a few more times while our kiddos are still at home with us. My family went to London when I was in college for a week together and had the best time!

  81. Allie

    Hey there, Tsh.

    LOVE your blog already, and super excited about this. I’m sure I’ll love whatever you choose to put up, but if you happen to be looking for suggestions, I would love to hear :
    1) From Tate, always. I’m sure that will be very, very special, and if you allow comments, I’ll always post.
    2) About finances. I love hearing how you choose to finance your trip (cheap, meaningful travel)
    3) Honestly… anything you write. Always

    Thanks for being awesome.

    Best,

    Allie

  82. Ann

    I remember when I first read your first blog. I was addicted the simple momhood of it all, even though I wasn’t a mom yet and life sometimes felt more like chaos. I remember when I finally read your about page and saw that you were an expat and I loved that were a traveler. I’m glad you’re doing it again. I can’t wait to follow along on your adventure! Happy travels to you.

  83. Heidi

    Yes, yes and yes. You spoke my heart.

  84. Andrea

    I traveled internationally during high school and college, but haven’t since then. I’m excited to read about your adventures!

  85. Ellen Hucknall

    After being a nurse in medical centers for 42 years, I am really enjoying your notes to read and especially you going to Tuscany. Been there 3 years ago in Lucca, Itally and truly enjoyed the time there with husband and sister and brother in law. We rented an apartment and traveled all over Tuscany. Happy traveling and hearing all about it/

  86. Ellen Hucknall

    I really enjoyed both of your notes and this new one sounds very interesting/

  87. Katelyn

    I’m so excited for your new adventure! My husband, 4 year old and I are moving to S.Korea in 2 months for a year. I’m excited and a bit anxious all at once. This will be our first international move and my son’s and I’s first international experience outside of a weekend in Canada.

  88. jill britz

    on my countertop sits my gigant packing list: we’re headed out on a 17-day trek with our 1970’s camper. i feel made to travel, & my kids. . . fish & water.

    i’d love to know what you actually pack. how many shirts? kids stuffs? books, if you’re not electronic? (i have to have hard copies. . . so far.)

    & a hearty congratulations! this will be an inspiring blog to follow. hooray!!! thanks for living your life crazy. helps the rest of us shake it up a little. 🙂

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      That sounds so fun, Jill! And yes, we’ll most definitely write about packing lists soon.

  89. Jusitne Nelson

    i am pretty sure this will get lost among the other 92 comments, but i feel compelled to post! i think this is going to become my new favorite place to visit! we are a military family, and so we know a thing or two about getting out of our comfort zone. we are currently living in germany, expanding our family (we become a family of 5 in 3 months) and are trying to soak up every moment of travel we possibly can! for a while i wondered if our kids even knew what they were experiencing, but they often play “tourist” while they are pretending and i hear them ask each other for their passports and they talk about things like the eiffel tower and the london bridge, because they have seen these places in real life. they make friends with kids who don’t speak their language and they play for hours, never speaking, but always understanding. we have seen almost every country in the EU, and our next year will take us to several other countries. we live relatively simply as well, and make travel a priority. i’m excited to have found this blog!!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks, Justine!

  90. Laura

    I’m excited about this blog! In 18 days, our family of 4 (two girls, ages 8 and 11) is headed to Europe for about 6 months, and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ll be traveling on the continent for part of the time and using Oxford as a base for part of it. I hope things go smoothly as you get ready to leave on your adventure!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Enjoy! Sounds perfect, Laura.

  91. C.A. Lewis-McCarren

    I am now inspired to:

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  92. Christine Wood

    I’m so thrilled for you and your family and hope to read lots of updates on all of your exciting adventures!

  93. Gina

    Color me green with envy! Looking forward to hearing about your family’s adventures! You have inspired me to start up the change jar again and put a ‘Europe’ sticker on it! Stay safe and have fun!!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      So great, Gina!

  94. Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

    Love, LOVE this new space!! And a new blog to read from you all feels as delicious as opening a new book. Looking forward to following along on all your travel adventures. Congratulations!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks so much, lovely friend. Grateful for you!

  95. Kacey

    I love the new globe looking logo with the airplane. Well done! I’m so enthused by you and your family’s love for travel. It’s something I definitely don’t think you can do often enough and look forward to more trips with my family.

  96. Kelli

    I am giddy anticipating living vicariously through your family in the months ahead. I sigh every time I read or hear your plans. Thanks for sharing with us! Beautiful site, well done!

  97. Kim

    Congrats on the new launch; would love to hear how you incorporate service (by family members of all ages) into your travels. We’re heading out next summer on a 3-month road trip from New England to AK + back via the SW, + pondering a round-the-world trip in 2020. Incredibly grateful for our opportunities to travel, while trying to discern how best to use these trips to give honor + glory to God. Definitely want our 10- + 7-year old to join in serving those people + places we meet along the way; tips + ideas warmly welcome. Safe travels; can’t wait to read about your adventures!

  98. Elizabeth Giger

    Oh, I’m excited about this blog! I traveled a lot before I had kids, but haven’t yet figured out how to travel WITH kids. Between money issues and children’s age issues (3 under 5yrs!), I can’t get it figured out.

  99. Eliza

    I would love to hear how you handle / plan to handle souvenirs from your travels. I love bringing home a part of the place I visited and incorporating it into my home. With all the places you will go, and the limited space a suitcase offers, I’m so curious how you will approach this! Can’t wait to follow your adventure 🙂

  100. Sarah Terrell

    Hi Tsh — I love this site! My husband and I, along with our 8 year-old daughter and almost 10 year-old son, are traveling to Honduras shortly for a 2-week “family mission adventure.” This is our first international trip as a family and we are very excited (and a little anxious!) We hope to make travel a bigger part of our lives and look forward to checking in here and seeing where you are in the world. Cheers!

  101. Leigh Ann

    I can’t wait to read about your adventures!

    We have taken our two teenagers (one with Asperger’s Syndrome) on overseas trips several times. While it’s more challenging than traveling within the US, it is very rewarding and exposes all of us to very different cultures. My 16yo daughter is even considering studying abroad in college… I don’t think she would have even thought about it if we hadn’t been abroad before. She realizes that even though it’s a different world, it’s not a scary world out there!

    Congrats on the new blog venture… Can’t wait to see where you take us next!

  102. Desiree Fawn

    I am sooooo excited about this! I was re-listening to a bunch of podcast episodes on our two week trip to the east coast and back. So inspiring!!

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    Hi Tsh,

    I’ve been following you for awhile now, and I have a great deal of respect for your thoughts and words. I’m very excited to read along as you share stories of your travels. You already have encouraged me to take chances, and believe that fulfilling my dreams is possible. Think outside the box. I like that. I too believe there is so much life has to offer. The world is so much bigger than our tiny perspectives we get so used to seeing every day in our daily routines.
    My dream is to sell the house, get rid of the unnecessaries, and just go. My husband and I would like to have an RV, so traveling will be throughout the US, for now. There are some limitations we have to deal with, but we will work around it. We have 5 kids between the two of us. Soon there will only be two at home. When we go is still up in the air, but we are doing our research.
    Thank you for being a light leading the way on a path we’d like to explore too. I look forward to reading along. Wishing you all the best, whatever the best means to you. :))

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    Hello Tsh, I look forward to keeping up with your family. My little family, made up of Hubs, Daughter, Dog and Yours Truly, live in the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany at the moment. We moved here from North Carolina, and love the fact that we are doing something that surprisingly few are afraid to even try. If you need a break, or at least a place to do some laundry, send me a message. Love your blogs!

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