For us, there's nothing more inspiring than being in touch with or spending time with
inspirational people, to see, hear and feel what's possible. That's
how The Family Adventure Project began and where we hope it will lead as we develop The Family Adventure Network.
Using the power of the internet, we want to develop a virtual community of individuals, organisations and families actively involved in or
interested in family adventure. Families from across the globe,
engaged in all sorts of different kinds of adventures, enabling people to share experience, ideas, contacts and advice
to make it easier for others to get out, get active and adventure together.
In our experience, adventuring as a family requires moments of
inspiration, ideas about what's possible, a little imagination,
a bit of planning, an openness to the unexpected and the confidence
to trust in your own and your children's abilities to cope with
the world and whatever it throws at you. And sometimes a little help from others who have trodden the path already or know the part of the world you're heading into can save you a lot of time, trouble and money.
On our travels we often experience the kindness of strangers, the hand of friendship and words of wisdom, support or advice from other travellers and families. We're regularly welcomed into homes, offered food, water and shelter, shown the way, recommended places to go, things to see and people to visit. We love meeting people this way and know there are hundreds of thousands of families on travels around the globe who might like to hook up with each in this way, or help others out - before, during or after a trip. But it's difficult to know who's out there, where they are, what they can help with or how to get in touch.
The internet is an extraordinary tool for family adventurer's, making it easy to make contact and chat with active families spread across the globe, providing ways to get inspiration, advice and valuable local knowledge from the other side of the world, enabling you to adventure further in the real world with greater confidence and the knowledge you may be able to hook up with like minded people when you get there.
We want to find ways to use the net to help active and adventurous families find each other more easily and help each other with their adventures. We're not sure how to make this work yet and welcome your ideas. You could say the whole idea is something of a virtual adventure for us. As with any journey the only place to begin is where you are and with what you've got. We've got no money, fancy forums, sophisticated databases, or armies of programmers so we'll start simple and take it a step at a time, like all the best adventures.
If you want to get in the loop, why not start by finding and interacting with us on Blogger or Twitter. If you have tools or ideas that you think would help us develop a strong, vibrant, geographically dispersed virtual community then let us know. If you want some help on something specific, chat with us and let's see if we can put you in touch with others who may be able to help (or know someone who can). If you have a website with your contact details on and want to make it known to others send us details and we can add it to our blogroll to help other families can find you.
Whatever you choose to do, we look forward to meeting you and hope you will join us as we work over time to make The Family Adventure Project a hub for a global community of active and adventurous families, celebrating the joys of family adventure in an informal online jamboree.