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« on: February 09, 2015, 12:00:10 AM »

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Not Your Average "Road Trip"


Not Your Average "Road Trip"

The Art of Simple’s Tsh Oxenreider and her daughter, Tatum, on their worldwide family adventure

Interview by Kelli B. Trujillo

It was a frigid 19-degree day when I connected via Skype with Tsh Oxenreider (author of Notes from a Blue Bike and host of “The Art of Simple” podcast and website) and her nine-year-old daughter, Tatum. In contrast to my Midwest winter weather, Tsh and Tatum were enjoying Thailand’s 90-degree weather where, Tatum quickly informed me, they had a room by the pool where they’d been swimming—and eating ice cream—a lot.

Tsh and Tatum, along with Tsh’s husband, Kyle, and their sons aged four and seven, are in the middle of a year-long, worldwide travel adventure they’re sharing with the rest of us via their blog, Twitter, and the Instagram hashtag #WorldwideOx. I connected with the mother-daughter pair to learn more about how—and why—a family of five is traveling the globe.

TCW: Tatum, what’s been your favorite part of the trip so far?

Tatum: I think the elephant reserve that we went to [in Thailand]. It was really cool.

Tsh: It’s one of the only ethical elephant preserves in Southeast Asia, where they don’t have elephants do tricks or give rides or anything. They actually rescue elephants that were trapped in some form of slavery, like from illegal logging or circus kind of stuff, so a lot of times they are injured.

Tatum: It was like a retirement home for elephants.

Tsh: Yes, it’s kind of just like rehab for elephants. It was really cool to see them being nursed back to health, and then the kids got to bathe them and feed them, and learn a lot about them.

Tatum: I also loved Ocean Park—that was really fun.

Tsh: That’s a place in Hong Kong where she got to see a giant panda.

TCW: Tatum, what part of your trip are you most looking forward to?

Tatum: Australia. I’ve already got the accent down!

TCW: Tsh, can you tell me a little more about the scope of your trip?

Tsh: You caught us at the early part of our trip, so we’ve “only” been to China, Hong Kong, and Thailand so far. Next we’ll go to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and then we’ll head over to Africa: Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, and Morocco. From Morocco we’ll go to Europe, and we’ll be there for a couple months. We’d like to also hit South America, but it just depends on timing. If we don’t go to South America on this trip, we’ll do it another time. We’re kind of life-long travelers.

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