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.