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Why Adventure? Our featured articles

We're pleased to provide a platform for some of the very best writing about family adventure, written by active family adventurers. We believe the features here stand out from the crowd when it comes to the quality of the writing and the insight they offer into the experience of adventuring as a family - whether in the dreaming, planning, doing or post-adventure aftermath.

We're on the lookout for high quality features to host here. So if you have a piece or know of a piece you think would be good hosted here, please get in touch. We're looking for pieces with the potential to inspire and inform others, that say something about the joy, challenge or benefits of adventuring as a family. About what you can do, education, parenting, learning, relationships, challenge, adventure and misadventure.

We hope you enjoy what you read and welcome ideas for new pieces.


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Parenting Afloat
Loree Alderisio still remembers how frightening it was to pull eight year old Shannon out of school to go cruising. There's no doubt parenting afloat can be a challenge and schooling at sea is an important consideration for cruising families. In this piece Loree looks back on what she learned about parenting afloat from the time she spent cruising with her husband Bill and daughter Shannon. And quite uniquely, Shannon offers first an eleven year old perspective on learning afloat and a view from later life, looking back upon the experience as an adult, wife and mother herself.
   
An active family thinks ahead Reserved for your story!
Where to go, what to do? Planning a family adventure can be a journey in itself - all that dreaming, discussing, researching, reserving, packing and perspiring - to create an experience everyone's up for and then make it happen. In this feature, Laural Ringler shares a little of what it's like for her family when they think ahead to summer. Write a story for The Family Adventure Project and it could be featured here. We're looking for pieces with the potential to inspire and inform others, that say something about the joy, challenge or benefits of adventuring as a family. About what you can do, education, parenting, learning, relationships, challenge, adventure and misadventure. If you have something, get in touch.   More details of what we're looking for here.
   
The List This I Believe
For years the Schulz family used their 40 foot yacht 'Regina' as a second home for several months of the year. But in 2005 they decided to move in and make it their main residence and took off for a year at sea. In this piece, written on the last leg of the voyage, Leon Shulz reflects on their year out, the hopes and fears they had and those they realised, the sacrifices made and rewards reaped and the prospect of creating a different life to the one they left behind. Climbing aboard a bicycle to tour with your children can be a daunting thought, the reality can be challenging yet the rewards are beyond words. Nancy Sathre-Vogel took 12 months out with her husband John and 8 year old twins Davy and Daryl to cycle 9,300 miles around North America. Here, Nancy tries to put into words just why she does it and why she believes it's important.
   
Kids go wild in Northland Lee Ho
After cycling 4000km around New Zealand, British visitors Stuart Wickes and Kirstie Pelling know all about magic moments. Read about the magic of the final week of their tour, cycling, swimming, kayaking and sand boarding in the Far North of New Zealand. Written for and published in New Zealand's Wilderness Magazine, October 2005. Link above or download pdf version (1.65mB). For two long time land-lubbers, the idea of exploring the open seas was exciting and nerve wracking; the prospect of learning to sail with toddlers terrrifying. After a two day crash course Stuart Wickes and Kirstie Pelling were let loose with toddlers and a charter yacht in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Written for and published in New Zealand's Wilderness Magazine, February 2006. Link above or download a pdf version (1.5mB).
   
Adventures with a laptop An Adventurous Pregnancy
Not exactly a family adventure story but a story about how technology can shape your family adventure. Travelling with a laptop can add a whole new dimension to being on the road, as Kirstie Pelling discovered when she found herself travelling with one she thought she didn't want. Kirstie is a director of The Family Adventure Project. Download as pdf version. (3.2mB) Pregnancy needn't mean sitting at home waiting for the baby to drop. Taking your pre-born on the road can add a whole new dimension to pregnancy, as Kirstie Pelling discovered when she found herself pregnant six weeks into a ten month active, round the world family adventure. Kirstie is a director of The Family Adventure Project. Download as pdf version (670kB).

 

 
Cycle toddling:
an adventure in parenting
Finding independence by bicycle:
a journey through Denmark with my daughter
For many people a trip to the shops with toddlers is adventure enough. Adventuring with little ones certainly presents its own challenges, including the attitudes of people who tell you it's plain irresponsible. Here Stuart Wickes and Kirstie Pelling recount their first tentative steps in touring with toddlers and show how, with practice, all sorts of things are possible.... whatever people say. In 1999 Angela Devas bought a trailer bike, packed her ageing camping gear and took her six year old daughter, Catherine, on the road. Their ride through Denmark was the start of a long journey they would make together in life as they forged a new family unit. Read this story of new beginnings written by Angela for the Family Adventure Project.
   

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A Honeymoon Adventure Story
Write a story for The Family Adventure Project and it could be featured here. More details of what we're looking for here. Before the Family on a Bike became a family, Stuart and Kirstie had an adventure or two on their honeymoon biking tour in South America. Not strictly family adventure but it's where they first saw the possibilities and literally conceived the Family on a Bike. This is where it all began!

 

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