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This is the story of how a family spent an ordinary nine months in an extraordinary way: circumnavigating the earth to see, firsthand, the places they’ve always wanted to explore. Through paper lanterns in Thailand, three-foot-wide Venetian passageways, the community of strangers in Zimbabwe, and beyond, Tsh Oxenreider unearths the dance between wanderlust and rootedness; how to be both lost and at home in the world. “Sacred ordinariness,” she writes, “can be found anywhere on the globe.”
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Meet Tsh Oxenreider

Not too long ago, Tsh’s husband looked at her one evening after the kids had gone to bed and said, “Let’s do this—let’s finally buy the tickets and hit the road.” It was time to embark on a dream they’d been planning for years: to travel around the world with their three kids and discover places new and old. And so, they did. They each strapped on a backpack and headed westbound, first for Asia.

Traveling taught Tsh more about home than she ever imagined.

Tsh is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike and Organized Simplicity, the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple, and the podcaster behind The Simple Show. Her writing has been featured in the Washington PostCNNReal Simple magazine, and more. A Longhorn graduate of the University of Texas, where she studied English and anthropology, Tsh currently lives just outside Austin, Texas with her family and eats tacos several times a week. HI!

Fellow Wanderers & Homebodies

“Many people have the fantasy of leaving everyday life behind to travel for a year. Tsh Oxenreider and her husband actually did it—with three young children! In this candid, funny, thought-provoking account, Tsh shows that it’s possible to combine a love for adventure and travel with a love for family and home.”

Gretchen Rubin

New York Times bestselling author of

The Happiness Project and Better Than Before

"Tsh is a remarkable example of how to balance the rooted stability of family with the winged adventure of wanderlust. This book takes you country by country and shows you how she's found the best of both worlds."

Chris Guillebeau

NYT bestselling author of

Born for This and The $100 Startup

“Possibly this book should come with a warning label, something like ‘only read this book if you want to upend everything in the name of travel, adventure, family and love.’ Because that’s exactly what I want to do after reading it. It was a beautiful reminder of how travel shapes us, how beautiful the world is, and how parenting doesn’t need to mean the end of adventuring.”

Shauna Niequist

NYT bestselling author of

Present Over Perfect and Bread & Wine

"As a devout homebody I'm used to being shamed by books about travel. Not this time. In At Home in the World, Tsh's words will have you longing for home even if you're sitting in your favorite chair. My view of home is forever changed for the better. I cannot stop thinking about this book."

Myquillyn Smith

author of

The Nesting Place and Homebody Extraordinaire

"As a homebody with a healthy dose of wanderlust, I've been fascinated by Tsh's around-the-world adventure since the moment I first heard about it. I so enjoyed getting to tag along on her family's global adventures, which were nothing at all like I expected—both more strange and more familiar than I had imagined."

Anne Bogel

author of Reading People: How Seeing the World
Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

"A welcome counterpoint to the 'burn it all down' travel memoir genre, Tsh travelled the world for a year with her husband, their three young children and her job along for the ride. I couldn't put this inspiring book down, not only because of Tsh's glorious and interesting travel stories, but because of the underlying permission to include our children and our significant others in what we love most about being alive."

Sarah Bessey

author of Jesus Feminist and

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

"This book is one of a kind, and for that it's a must read. It's not a stereotypical travel memoir from a single person about 'finding yourself', but rather a family that adventures because they already have. It made me wrestle deeply with questions of belonging, home, family and hospitality--while giving full permission to be ok with the paradox of wanderlust but also being a homebody."

Jefferson Bethke

New York Times bestselling author of
It's Not What You Think and Jesus > Religion

"Tsh Oxenreider is the only person I know who makes traveling around the world with her family of five sound not only normal, but downright cozy. Her beautifully written stories and intentional perspective offer clarifying reminders of what it means to belong and be well no matter where we may go."


Emily P. Freeman

author of
Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways

"No one leads us better through adventure and family better than Tsh! This expansive story of people, places, presence, and pluck is an absolute page-turner. She went on the adventure I always dreamed of but didn’t know was possible. You are going to love this book. You’ll close the last page, hug your family tight, then call your travel agent."

Jen Hatmaker

NYT bestselling author of
For The Love

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• Sorta Awesome Show Podcast: 10 Tips for Traveling Bliss with Tsh Oxenreider
• Courage & Clarity Podcast: Your Life’s Purpose, Simplicity & World Travels with a Family
• Courage & Clarity Podcast: Exactly How to Take Your Business & Family On the Road
• That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs Podcast: World Traveler. Great Friend.
• Pantsuit Politics: Global Citizenship with Tsh Oxenreider
• Austin American Statesman: Ever think about taking a global trip with the kids?
• The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Podcast: Episode #134 with Tsh Oxenreider
• Christian Market: March 2017 Issue – New Releases: Memoirs & Biographies
Booklist Review
• Notes on Bookmarks: Author Interview – Tsh Oxenreider
• Austin Woman Magazine May 2017: Pack Mentality
• Austin American Statesman: Local Bestseller List
• Dear Daughters Podcast: Tsh Oxenreider | The Art of Simple
• Real Style: Travel Books to Read Before Your Next Adventure
• The Shauna Niequist Podcast: Episode 01 – Tsh Oxenreider
• Recapture Self Podcast: Episode 234 – Creativity in Living Simply: Tsh Oxenreider
• Coffee with The Author: Tsh Oxenreider
• TODAY Parents: Travel With Kids: The 6 Keys to Keeping Your Sanity
• Smarter Travel: 10 New Spring 2017 Books You Can Read at the Airport (or Anywhere Else)
• Travel with Hawkeye: Ep 9 – Actor Hector Elizondo on his travels, Tsh Oxenreider on traveling the world with her kids and the Mystery of Gargoyles
• Austin Monthly: 7 Page-Turning Reads From Austin Authors
• Peter Greenberg Worldwide: Virtuoso Summit, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada
• Modern Mrs. Darcy: 2017 Summer Reading Guide
• Ann Voskamp: The #1 Key when deciding How to Make a Home
• The New York Times: Destinations Await in the Summer’s Best Travel Books
• Seminary Dropout 161: Tsh Oxenreider, Author of At Home in the World
• Young House Love Has a Podcast: Episode #51 Why We Want to Tear the Deck Off Our House
• Chrystal’s Chronicles Podcast: #116 Reflections on Traveling the Globe – Tsh Oxenreider
• Mothering.com: What’s it like to travel the world with 3 kids?
• Austin Family Magazine: Wayfayer’s Homecoming: Traveling Family Returns to Central Texas
• Minnesota Parents July 2017: On Mama’s Bookshelf
• This Good Word, Episode 104: At Home in the World with Tsh Oxenreider
• Vibrant Happy Women: Episode 71: How to Live Simply and Put People Before Stuff
• Typology: Episode 4: Tsh Oxenreider, The Art (and Angst) of Living an Unconventional Life
• Experience Life: The Best of All Worlds
• The Good Trade: 8 Solo-Travel Memoirs Written by Women That Will Inspire You To See The World On Your Own


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