Our family of 4 is taking the leap! We’re leaving everything behind to circle the world and film ADVENTURE FAMILY™ with Me Ra Koh! A travel show that believes having kids doesn’t mean letting go of your dreams to travel, but offers the more thrilling experience of seeing the world through your family’s lens. We are locking our belongings in storage, putting our home on the market, and have bought one-way tickets to New Zealand. Just days from now (March 25th) we’ll be standing in the airport, cameras rolling, as we risk it all to film our pilot episode!
Once we step off the plane in New Zealand, we'll spend 3-4 weeks road-tripping while filming our Pilot. Why New Zealand? Well, we all dream of visiting this beautiful country. And did you know it's easy to rent a Camper Van in New Zealand? What better way to explore the amazing landscapes and kind people this country is known for!
Episode 2 will be filmed in Thailand. This will be a special episode to film since Thailand was our first big adventure as a family back in 2008. It's where Adventure Family was truly born. As strangers to a fascinating people and culture, we lived in an open-air home that was deep in the Thailand jungle for six weeks. Now we want to show how you can have the same magical experience we did in Thailand.
There is more! While filming in Thailand we'll be waiting (fingers crossed and constantly praying) to hear if a "certain television network" will be inspired to turn our Pilot and Thailand episode into a nationally televised series!
Life offers no guarantees, but isn't life about choosing to believe? We are choosing to believe we can make this show happen--that everything we have experienced has brought us to this next big leap! Life does offer opportunities, and we're taking this opportunity to travel around the world, as a family, to tell our story.
This Adventure Family is READY!
If I had a dollar for every person that said "You have to get all your travel in before you have kids", I would be rich. But the statement is simply not true! The purpose of Adventure Family is to show that not only is traveling as a family much easier than you think, BUT WAY MORE FUN! It's REWARDING!
Visiting a far off, foreign land with your kids is an experience you could never have by yourself or even as a couple. When traveling as a family, the people and places you encounter embrace you on a deeper level. Everyone belongs to a family, somewhere in some time. As a family, we have experienced the reward of being invited into people's homes and hearts. Cultures invest in your experience and become a part of your family's growing. Everyone transforms together.
Statistics show a vast majority of Americans own passports but most are afraid to travel outside of the United States! We get it! It's overwhelming when considering and especially when planning a family trip to a foreign country. That's why we believe Adventure Family will not only inspire you to travel with your own children, but it will empower you to be your own Adventure Family--whether it's camping in your local mountains, kayaking to a hidden beach in New Zealand, or standing up against barking monkeys in the Thailand jungle, your kid's sling-shot in hand! Adventure Family will give you the courage and inspiration to plan your family's next big ADVENTURE!
The past couple years, we have met with networks, potential investors, travel show experts, and done extensive research. Raising money and support to film New Zealand and Thailand was grueling! Now the time has finally arrived!
BUT, we are $30K short of what we need to make this happen.
That is where you come in: We need your support. Your investment in us will help us film the Pilot in New Zealand and Second Episode in Thailand. These two episodes are so important. They will be reviewed by a "certain television network" and possibly made into a national television series!
Because we leave in just days, MARCH 25th, we are coming to you.
We know we are in the LAST hour. But we also know there is NO WAY we could have come this far without all your support over the years. Adventure Family is about inspiring and empowering families to come together, grow together and have fun together.
With your support, crowd-funding this project enables us to take the leap and GO FOR IT! We will be able to finish financing the project on time with integrity. In the process, YOU become a part of our community. In many ways, by helping raise the last $30K, you're coming with us!
Once you support ADVENTURE FAMILY, you are family!
We are counting on you to help us spread the word. The countdown is on. This may even be one of the shortest Kickstarter campaigns ever! But we believe in this dream with everything we are!
If you aren’t in the position to give financial support, we hope that you will spread the word. Make sure we're heard in your community. Share our campaign with as many people as possible. Don't be a stranger, get in touch with us to explore other ways that you can contribute to ADVENTURE FAMILY.
Please take a minute to “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter.
There are many crowd-sourcing services out there, but Kickstarter is all about empowering the creativity. Having been a working artist for over twenty years, I know how intimate and powerful it is to support someone's creative project. When you support an artist, you give them oxygen to not only breathe life into their specific project but also into the lives of other creative minds out there who are gathering courage to take the leap.
Brian and I also love how Kickstarter gives us a way to reward our supporters. Scroll through the many different awards in the far, right- hand column. As we brainstormed the different rewards, we aimed for ideas that would not only let you know how much we appreciate you but also inspire your own creative dreams.
We have been crunching numbers like nobody's business. Creating a budget for a project of this size could be it's own TV show! Thankfully, our budget has been fine combed by a handful of experts in the travel- show industry. So we can say with confidence that WE ARE NOT OVER BUDGETING. In fact, we have trimmed everything possible to make this happen.
But please note, Kickstarter has a specific model. If we don't raise the full $30K in time, all of your money will be refunded. If we raise $28K, and not our goal of $30K, we don't get any of the funds. That's the challenge!
However, if we raise funds above the targeted goal of $30K, the funds will be used to enrich the filming in several ways; additional equipment, time lapse equipment, sound design, graphics, aerial footage, transportation and permits to additional destinations within Thailand and New Zealand that cost a little more to get to, and other fees associated with making a pilot and second episode. (Which will be outlined to all our wonderful backers when the time comes!)
For a more detailed bio on Me Ra and Brian, click "see full bio" in the top right hand corner under Me Ra's Photo.
There is no way we could have come this far without the wisdom, guidance and sheer generosity of the following individuals. They are a BIG part of the ADVENTURE FAMILY team, and you can be too!
Jeff Jochum - Margie Gilmore - Encounters Travel (Supporting Our Trip to Egypt) - Disney (Editing the Egypt Sizzle) - SONY - Stacy DeBroff - Susana Zepeda - Pastor Mike Hayes and Pastor Amie Dockery at Covenant Church - Alex Stevens - Page Feldman - Roy Ashen, Triple Scoop Music - Kelley Ritchie - Jennifer Wing - Rachel McGinn - Genie Ohashi - our CONFIDENCE Teachers - the incredible community of mom bloggers I've had the honor of knowing - and our family!
There isn't one big leap but a hundred small leaps that build your confidence to soar! Thank you to everyone we mentioned and to all of YOU for backing us!
Your support makes us all do somersaults!
*Doing a little "Walk Like an Egyptian" dance while we wait for the sunrise at Abu Simbel in Egypt.
Risks and challenges
Producing a show is a risky business. We have no guarantee that Adventure Family will become a hit series. There may be another family already in process of doing the same type of show. Even though we've had a dozen experts look over our budget, we could still be under budgeting something. And worst of all, adventures can go wrong.
Those are a few of the risks and challenges we may encounter. This project is a BIG leap for the whole family. We are putting everything we've got into it. But we've also been preparing for it for the last few years. We are ready!
If you asked me five years ago if I'd ever do this, I would have thought you were crazy. Our home is where I pictured us always living, our grandchildren coming to someday. And yet, when our creative spirit comes and knocks on our heart's door and says "Create Me"... Brian and I have committed our lives to responding no matter how great the risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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