At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe

At Home in the World Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe As Tsh Oxenreider author of Notes From a Blue Bike chronicles her family s adventure around the world seeing smelling and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way she discovers what it tr

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  • Title: At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
  • Author: Tsh Oxenreider
  • ISBN: 9781400205592
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family s adventure around the world seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way she discovers what it truly means to be at home.In her late thirties and as a mom to three kids under age ten, Tsh Oxenreider and her husband decided to spend a rather ordinary nine months in an extrAs Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family s adventure around the world seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way she discovers what it truly means to be at home.In her late thirties and as a mom to three kids under age ten, Tsh Oxenreider and her husband decided to spend a rather ordinary nine months in an extraordinary way traveling the corners of the earth to see, together, the places they ve always wanted to explore This book chronicles their global journey from China to Thailand to Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, France, Croatia, and beyond, as they fill their days with train schedules, world schooling the kids, and working from anywhere Told with wit and candor, Oxenreider invites us on a worldwide adventure without the cost of a ticket to discover people, places, and stories worth knowing about to find peace in the places we call home and to learn that, as the Thai say, in the end, we are all same same but different.

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    1. Confession time: my whole life, I've towed the line between deeply homebodied and restless adventurer, filled with wanderlust. I thought this was a personality quirk. That at any given time, I just had to fit myself in one mold or the other, hoping that the other, just-as-valid piece of my personality didn't show itself too much. I thought it was just me who felt this way. Until– you guys. UNTIL! Tsh's book rocked *my* world and showed me that a) I'm so not alone and b) I didn't have to deny e [...]

    2. This book was a struggle to finish. The author and her family spent the (school not full) year of travel either being exhausted because scheduling too much travel, drinking coffee, stating how expensive travel is (duh), or just "hanging with friends in exotic locations" which is like showing the reader your boring vacation pictures. There was hardly any insight into the people or places they traveled to unless it was the people serving them in some way. Don't expect to gain any understanding abo [...]

    3. I absolutely adore this travel memoir from Tsh Oxenreider. I'm a longtime fan of her blog, The Art of Simple, and her podcast, The Simple Show, and this book is like a longform version of both. Tsh's voice is clear, lyrical, and honest. She absolutely brings her #WorldWideOx travels to life in these pages, and you'll find yourself both eager for adventure and grateful for home, exactly as she intended. You'll enjoy your own prefect tension between wanderlust and cozy hominess, both/and. You'll w [...]

    4. I have used the word "smitten" to describe my feelings after reading this book. A memoir about travel and about home: what home is and what home means. A must read for anyone who loves travel or loves the idea of travel.

    5. I was very fortunate to be on the advance team for this book! Reading it was like taking a hot bubble bath, eating just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, or a sipping glass of wine on your back porch. Definite comfort reading!As a wannabe traveler, I ate up all the locations Tsh and her family of five visited: China, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Sydney, New Zealand, Kenya, PARIS!, Venice, Bavaria, Croatia, and on and on and on. This wasn't an "If it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium" express train t [...]

    6. Decent travel memoir, but lacking in anecdotal stories. Anyone who travels around the world with husband and three kids in tow must have made some great gaffs that led to better, deeper understanding of different cultures, but this book felt fearful of exposing those vulnerabilities. There are definitely a few beautiful moments that happened in the places the author returns to, which supports my thought that she is more comfortable writing about that which makes her comfortable. I didn't come aw [...]

    7. I'm determined to travel with my kids, so I was really excited to read this book. That said, I'm struggling to decide how to rate it: there were things I really liked and aspects I didn't. I loved the honesty of this book and the humanity of it; you can truly feel a sense of optimism for the goodness in people. I would've loved even more details about the places they went. However, parts did feel repetitive and her choice of words/phrases felt a little forced and overused. Maybe that seems nitpi [...]

    8. The writing is lovely, but I didn't get much out of it - I think this book was adapted from blog posts, and unfortunately I did not feel it carried over well as a cohesive whole. On their own many individual chapters made good reads about places, but reading them from chapter to chapter too many words and pleasant sensations are repeated.

    9. 4.5 stars. This was wonderful and simultaneously made me want to go on #allthetrips but also hang pictures on the walls and curl up in "my spot" in a home. Full review to come.

    10. Tsh Oxenreider takes the reader along in her family's 9 month journey across the world. They start in China, to southeast Asia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Africa, and end in Europe. Tsh and her husband brave through this adventure with three children (ages 9, 7, and 4!) and this book helps quench a bit of your wanderlust (while simultaneously igniting the travel bug) as you follow along, tucked in your own home. I picked up this book unassumingly, but fell in deeper and deeper as Tsh brings us along, [...]

    11. Something I appreciated about this travel memoir is Tsh does such a great job of putting you in the location--whether it’s the splash of Victoria falls, the spicy tea in Turkey, or the colors of the Great Barrier Reef. She manages to weave in both reflections on what it means to be at home wherever you are, and enough concrete details about the practicality of traveling with 3 young kids. It satisfied both my desire to reflect more deeply on what it means to find “home” even in constant tr [...]

    12. This book. Wow. I totally felt like I was traveling around the world with the Oxenreider family. So that was fun. But my favorite part about this book was the discussion of "what does home mean?". This is a question that I have struggled with for years and still don't have a good answer. I related to all of her insights on home and wish I could process through them over a cup of coffee with Tsh.

    13. This is a woman who dares to go where no mom has gone beforea round-the-world, year-long trip with her husband and three young children. China. Thailand. Sri Lanka. Africa. Italy. France. Germany. Amazingly, their biggest trouble was probably losing a treasured blankey in Africa, and it was returned. They visited with friends, saw the world, and reflected on the meaning of home, and Oxenreider was able to return to Texas and create a new home spot for herself and her family.

    14. I am a long time fan of The Art of Simple and The Simple Show podcast. I loved following Tsh and her family's around the world adventures while they were happening, but I think I enjoyed reading her reflections even more. At Home in the World is absolutely beautiful. Tsh takes the reader on her journey, and you feel like you are right there with her. This book makes me want to travel and at the same time compels me to make a home. It compels me to spend quality time with my husband. At Home in t [...]

    15. I wanted to like this more. I thought it was a little too much "first we saw this, then we saw this." It felt just a bit shallow? It needed more story telling, more details about the places and people. I also think they would have benefitted from slowing down, much of the stress was due to running around, constantly on the go.I met some badass traveling families on my year abroad and almost wish I had read their book instead! Anyway, I hope this book pushes more families to travel with their lit [...]

    16. Having been a diehard fan of Tsh Oxenreider since her Simple Mom/Organized Simplicity days, I expected to like this book. I *loved* it. It's far more than a travelogue chronicling the Oxenreider family's nine-month trip around the world. Tsh's reflections and ruminations along the way are vivid, memorable, and deeply moving. All that and the writing sparkles. There's nothing quite like a book that grasps you on a sentence level. So many gorgeous sentences; so much taste and texture and sound. Su [...]

    17. I was lucky enough to get this book through Giveaways -- intrigued by the premise: a couple traveling the world with three young children in tow. I've never traveled with children, but I did take my mother on a 3 week trip through England, Wales and Scotland, so I was hoping to get some more data points about what it's like to travel with close family.The author feels a keen sense of wanderlust and a desire to explore the world, to learn what makes each place "home" -- but also, paradoxically, [...]

    18. I want to say first that I think this is a GREAT book for what it is, but I think I was expecting something different and it fell short for me. I was hoping for more travel stories, or the feeling of adventuring with her and her family, but I never got that vibe. I know that working a year's worth of travel and adventure into a book is hard, but I felt like we got the cliff notes version from someone who was repeating it secondhand. I also wanted to hear more specifically about traveling with ki [...]

    19. I really enjoyed reading this. The reflections on the struggle between wanderlust and homebodiness were sprinkled throughout the book, with more at the end to wrap up, as could be expected from a journey like this. I think some of the reflections, especially at the end, require the reader to really reflect on what they mean, whether on a personal, individual level, or just interpreting Tsh's meaning behind her words. I sort of liked that interactive feel about it, intentional on her part or not. [...]

    20. 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this travel memoir, a most interesting journey around the world with three children (ages 4, 6, and 10) in tow. I enjoyed the format and style of the book, hearing about the countries visited, the people encountered, the ups and downs, foods eaten, friends made, and all the novelties and pleasures, from Australia to Zambia. So many wonders and exotic locales. There were difficulties, too — long flights, jet lag, being overtired — but nothing too serious. A few lo [...]

    21. 3.5 StarsThis book was a slow burn for me. It started off more a general list of sights seen and hours of jet lag logged than a diary of true reflections, and I was tempted to give it up a few chapters in. I'm glad I stuck it out, though. Near the end, I especially loved the thoughts on finding home and community and on how wanderlust is never satisfied, but how that doesn't have to be a bad thing.I've loved the author's blog for a long time, and it was fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at thi [...]

    22. Fascinating! What an adventure. Definitely worth the read for anyone who loves to travel (or loves the idea of it).

    23. I read a lot of travel books and I love that this is one about traveling the world with kids. Tsh does a great job describing each locations and giving a good feel for the place and some of the history. Weaved throughout the book is the idea of home and how the tension of home and wanderlust go together. I really enjoyed this book. It's not just for those wanting to travel with kids, by for any of those who also wrestle with wanderlust and a deep desire for home.

    24. I loved Tsh's storytelling and the rich description she used to tell about the places her family visited. I expected to be insanely jealous while reading but instead she painted a realistic portrait of what their year was like. While I still dream of a trip like hers, I walked away seeing the value in also investing in home. Highly recommend to fellow wanderlusters or even those nervous about traveling with children.

    25. Quite a delightful read. I first learned of Tsh from her podcast, The Simple Show, and so was aware when her latest book came out about traveling with her family for a year around the world. I felt she wisely combined the highlights and joys of introducing kids to world landmarks as well as describing the difficulties. I felt I was right there with her. I am not a traveler, but I greatly enjoyed reading about this family's travels as well as her thoughts about the stability of home vs. travel.

    26. I find Tsh Oxenreider's "At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe" both entertaining and educational. It is about their family's global travel experiences, it's also about family, friendships, meditation, goodwill, and courage to see and taste different cultures. At Home in the World is one of the best travel memoirs I've read recently, a must-read for all who aspire to travel around the world with limited budget, and kids as well. While trekking three continents [...]

    27. embracing the wonder and the mundane of life in this world all at the same time. that is the beauty of traveling the world with kids and it felt so close to home. i'm grateful for this kindred spirit connected only by the experience that Tsh writes down and shares with us all. so much wisdom and inspiration

    28. (This review is based on an ARC) I loved this book! I follow Tsh's blog and tracked this trip real time; I have been not so patiently waiting for the book. Part travel memoir, part spiritual memoir, part how-to travel guide, "At Home in the World" follows Tsh and family as they chased an 'endless summer' through 4 continents over nine months. The family of five lived out of backpacks and world schooled their three kids. The book is great and made me laugh, cry, feel travel weary and euphoric but [...]

    29. "I know, in my soul, that a love for travel is a gift and not a hindrance. It feels like a burden when the bucket list is bigger than the bank account, but a thirst for more of the world is not something to apologize for. Denying its presence feels like denying something good in me, something God put there."This book is such a gift, and my heart resonated with their journey page after page.

    30. This book is a must read for anyone who loves to travel. Oxenrider's description of each place allowed me to travel the world. Her descriptions of places I have been were spot on and brought back many wonderful memories. I loved her reflections on traveling with children and feel inspired to continue to travel once my little ones are grade-school aged.

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