Introducing the adventure of a lifetime: Away is Home

By | July 17th, 2011

We’re about to go on an adventure of a lifetime, and we want you to join us.

The project is called Away is Home, and it fulfills a promise I made to my family last year to spend more time with them and explore the world.

That was a lot easier said than done at the time. I had a desk job. Kari was a graduate student. And the kids were in school.

So early this year, we started making plans. I reshuffled some of my editorial clients, Kari finished her degrees, and we enrolled the kids in a homeschool program for a year.

Now we’re ready to go.

The idea of traveling across America has fascinated explorers since the birth of this country. From Lewis and Clark to Peter Jenkins’ A Walk Across America, it’s something that resonates deeply within all of us.

But this is no ordinary road trip. Instead of parachuting into a destination for a few days, we’ll stay a while.

We’ll live in real neighborhoods, meet real people and get to know the place like a native.

Sure, we might visit a few theme parks and museums along the way. But our focus will be on authentic, cultural institutions with a high educational value.

This special road trip will have a 21st-century flair, incorporating the latest interactive technologies and social-media applications, from Foursquare to Skype. If there’s an applicable technology, we’ll pack it.

But the real reason you’ll want to follow us isn’t that we’re interesting or have come up with a new twist on the American road trip — though both are true.

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No, you’ll want to come along for the drama.

With three homeschooled kids, two entrepreneurs trying to earn a living, and the inevitable conflicts of being on the road together, you’ll want to check in every day to read the next chapter.

Our trip starts next week when we “beta” test the site in Europe. Then it’s off to the races this fall.

But we need your help now.

First, please sign up for Away is Home’s RSS feed, follow Away is Home on Twitter or on Foursquare and “like” the Away is Home page on Facebook. You’ll have a front-row seat to the adventure.

Second, if you see anything on the site that needs to be fixed or updated, please let us know. The site is new, so we’re still trying to work out some of the kinks.

Also, we’ll be having a contest to design our logo. The one we’re using now is just a placeholder that I pulled together using my basic Photoshop skills, which I’ll admit, aren’t all that great.

And finally, we are still looking for a few good sponsors who can help us offset some of the expenses of this adventure. Here’s more information on a sponsorship.

I’m sure some of you out there are asking yourselves: Why bother doing this? Why not just stay in the suburbs and raise your kids, like everyone else?

And they have a point; that would be the safe thing to do. It would be the prudent thing to do.

But life is an adventure. Mother Theresa said that. “Life is an adventure,” she said. “Dare it.”

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