Are you part of a family that enjoys independent travel? If so, we'd
like to hear from you.
The Family Adventure Project is a scheme to promote independent family
adventure. Right now we are researching a book of real-life stories
about families that take on challenging journeys together. We're also
developing a web site to offer information, advice and inspirational
stories about family adventure.
We want to get in touch with anyone who has an interesting story to
tell about the up's, down's, benefits, challenges and practicalities
of family adventure. Our aim is to capture and publish the very best
of these stories on the web and in print as a source of inspiration
and guidance to other families.
We're looking for stories from different countries and cultures, about
extended periods of family travel anywhere in the world, using independent
means. So, whether you're a family that boats, bikes, hikes, skis, rides
or motors, we'd love to hear from you if you have a story to tell. Drop
us an email with your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fill in our online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=51005471877
Or, if you know someone else who fits the bill, please pass this message
on, and ask them to get in touch.
If you'd like to know more about the project then visit our web site:
Family on a Bike
Promoting independent family adventure
Note for Editors:
The Family Adventure Project is a scheme to
promote independent family adventure by publishing inspiring stories
of extraordinary journeys; and building an online resource of stories,
information, advice, and useful contacts. Through this the project aims
to encourage more families to get out and about together and live more
The project currently has six strands.
- Inspirational Stories:
a growing collection of stories to help people learn how families
adventure together, discover what they get from it, and glimpse what's
possible. Tales of adventuresome families, recommended books and reviews,
and links to online stories. Books currently in research. To be published
- Family on A Bike: A combined family
expedition, research and writing project to experience first-hand
how adventuring as a family can change your life. Starting November
2004, the Wickes family will be pedaling end end to end in New Zealand;
two adults, two toddlers, two bikes, two trailers, two islands and
two thousand miles. Gathering and writing real-life stories of family
adventure as they go.
- Adventures in Writing:
aims to encourage, support and develop the writing skills of people
involved in family adventure. Helping people to share hard won lessons,
re-live amazing experiences and preserve fading memories. Offering
help, advice, guidance and opportunities to tell your story.
- Education and Coaching: Activities
to spread the word about family adventure and encourage others to
give it a go. Talks and educational activities for schools and colleges;
presentations and after-dinner speeches for conferences, business
or community meetings; and a coaching service dedicated to helping
families acquire the skills and confidence to organise their own independent
- Research: work to explore the phenomena
of family adventur. Drawing on personal experience, contacts with
adventurous families around the world, and structured research methods
to contribute to the body of knowledge about the nature and benefits
of family adventure.
- Festival of Family Adventure: A long
term plan to host the world's first festival of family adventure;
chance for like minded families to gather, meet one another, and celebrate
the joys of family adventure.
The Project Directors are Kirstie Pelling and
Stuart Wickes. They can be contacted on +44 (0)1524 782351.