Exploring new places with my family is one of my favorite things to do. I think everyone should take time out for a family adventure. That’s why I am excited to partner with The Travel Channel to tell you about their new family travel show, Big Crazy Family Adventure. I was provided the following assets including images and videos, as well as compensation for the blog post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
A few years ago, my husband handed me an envelope with plane tickets to Hawaii inside. Surprise! The plane was leaving the very next day! I had less than 24 hours to get my family, including our 18-month-old baby and 4-year-old child, ready to go. We lived in Alaska at the time and it was the dead of winter. You weren’t about to hear me complain about a last minute escape to a tropical island! I tossed our swimsuits and toothbrushes into a suitcase and we were set.
That trip was the first time I truly appreciated the miracle of air travel. We drove through a snowstorm to get to the Anchorage airport. We boarded the plane in subzero temperatures. Five hours later, we stepped off the plane into the hibiscus-scented Hawaiian breeze. I was just as amazed as our 4-year-old at how fast we could go from an Arctic blizzard to a tropical climate. Airplanes are like magic!
Travel makes me happy, and experiencing new places and things with my family are what life is all about. We live in Utah now, and spend most weekends and holiday breaks taking road trips. We typically explore US destinations within a 12-hour driving radius of our home. I would love to take our four kids even further one day. We have dreams of traveling abroad as a family.
But what about a family trip that goes halfway around the world and takes more than three months to complete? Oh, and by the way, NO AIRPLANES are involved.
The Travel Channel’s new show, Big Crazy Family Adventure, follows the Kirkby family as they travel more than 13,000 miles from British Columbia to the Himalayas…WITHOUT TAKING A SINGLE AIRPLANE. In the series premiere episodes, they will cross the ocean on a container ship, take bullet trains through Korea and eventually cross the border into China!
Bruce Kirkby, Christine Pitkanen and their children, 7-year-old Bodi and 3-year-old Taj are on an epic 96-day journey that will take them halfway across the planet. You may think it sounds impossible (I did!) until you watch the show and quickly realize this is a family of seasoned adventurers. They wake up on Day 1 and hop into canoes for a 5-day river journey without batting an eyelash. Even the kids! This family really knows how to start an adventure off on the right foot.
I am excited that we get to follow as the Kirkbys travel through different countries and climates on their way to their final destination, a remote monastery in Ladakh, India, where they will live for three months. Along the way, they will experience different cultures, see four Wonders of the World and grow closer as a family.
Of course, we can definitely expect the unexpected on an epic trip like this! The Kirkby family takes an unplanned detour to Russia, misses trains and more. I have to say, Bruce and Christine are amazing when it comes to rolling with the punches. They are a loving family that truly enjoys their time together. I am totally inspired by their courage to dream big when it comes to traveling with kids.
“Travel returns each of us to a state of childhood,” says Bruce. “For a moment we look upon the world, crowded with the unrecognizable and incomprehensible, with the same eyes as our kids. And in doing so, the distance between us shrinks, just a bit. These shared experiences, with all their uncertainties, challenges and enchantments, are like fertilizer for family bonds.”
Everyone is invited along for this BIG CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE. Tune in Sundays beginning June 21 at 9pm/8c. Catch up with episodes available online at TravelChannel.com. Join the conversation and get more exclusive content on Facebook and Twitter.
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