At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider is an AWESOME book! I loved reading it. Tsh and her husband Kyle spend 9 months traveling the globe with their 3 kids under the age of ten. Their crazy, awe-inspiring adventure is fun to read about.
“Travel means touching, tasting, smelling the world. It means the chance to explore hamlets and boroughs that citizens the world over call home. Through travel, you can know, firsthand, the difference in taste between the bread in Sri Lanka and Turkey. You’ll add years to your life with more layers, thicker skin, and a softer heart because of it. Travel is a gift.” (pg258)
My favorite part of this memoir is they’re just a normal family doing something amazing. They work from the road and home school the two school aged kids. They worry about how much money they’re spending. There’s bumps along the road like lost blankets and chipped teeth. But their adventure shows how the bumps are totally worth it. It’s fun reading about them growing as a family and as individuals as they travel across four continents.
“The act of travel, the constant moving and shuffling of our bodies and backpacks, our dotted lines across the map, the simplicity of owning less to see more – these small acts are weaving our family’s tapestry.” (pg200)
Tsh struggles with a wandering spirit that also enjoys curling up on a sofa and reading a book from her collection. Something that I can completely relate to.
“My soul feels pulled in two directions: toward home, and toward another unknown road in another town.” (pg245)
This book is very thought provoking as Tsh contemplates the meaning of the word “home” and I love the conclusion she comes to.
“When I travel, I’m at home in the world, so long as I’m with the people I love most.” (pg263)
I highly recommend reading this book. It is one of my favorites so far this year.