The adventure begins …

It’s been five weeks since we returned to the mainland from Hawaii and the kids are getting a little antsy. Family travel may be an addiction.

Here’s what happens when the kids go stir crazy. It’s episode one of our adventure. I hope you’ll follow along by signing up for the Away is Home channel and tuning for the next episode on Friday.

What will happen next? I’ll give you a clue: Our son Iden didn’t get very far.

Oh, and there were no cats in the bag in the final scene.

And now, a few words from the kids …

Greetings from Chattanooga, Tenn., our first stopover on our month-long road trip out to Oregon.

We spent yesterday packing, cleaning the house, and making this video (above) about how we pulled everything together. Aren narrates.

And today after we checked in at the Holiday Inn Express, Iden shared his road trip “rules.” We’re still laughing!

I hope you have as much fun watching these videos as we did making them.

Remember, you can always follow our family travel adventure at Away is Home.

Safe travels!

Road trip update: What should we do with these cats?

This is Pollux, our Bengal cat. We would take him on our road trip if we could, but it’s just not practical.

Pollux isn’t the only cat who owns us. Two other Bengals, Clio and Lia, belong to our family, and we love them all dearly.

We had made arrangements to leave the feline members of our household with a relative, which would have been ideal, but they fell through last week.

Our road trip could take a whole year, and canceling our plans at this late date would be impossible. We have a sitter for the next few weeks, but beyond that, we don’t know what to do. Maybe you can help?
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Road trip update: What would you drive across the country?

I am not allowed to show you any pictures of our 2007 Honda Accord.

But imagine, if you will, what a high-mileage vehicle that regularly shuttles three high-energy kids between school, music lessons and play dates looks like, and you’ll have a good idea.

If Mater from the Pixar film Cars comes to mind … well, you’re not that far off.

Our car has been loved to death. There are candy wrappers and empty water bottles strewn across the back seat, and I can’t remember the last time it was washed. Right now, it looks like it survived a riot in London. It’s embarrassing. Which is why Kari won’t let me show you the car.
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Introducing the adventure of a lifetime: Away is Home

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.
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