When National Geographic Traveler of the Year, Christine Gilbert, had children, she didn't stop traveling.
She strapped that baby to her chest and headed out into the world. Over the years, her family has explored India, biked across France, road tripped across the United States, backpacked through Turkey and lived in over 40 countries.
After her third baby was born, she realized there still wasn't a publication that addressed the unique needs of adventuring parents who want to keep doing the things they loved pre-baby, just with some sensible adjustments.
How do you do a multi-day hike with kids? Keep babies safe in countries with bad water? Go winter-camping for the first time? Bike-camp across Europe with different aged kids? Sail in Asia with a toddler?
She knew if she had these questions, other parents must have them too.
Christine had blogged at almostfearless.com for years - so this year Almost Fearless the magazine was born. It's a cross between the travel writing of Afar, the outdoor adventures of Outside and the thoughtful parenting advice of Brain, Child.
Christine Gilbert is the author of the Penguin Random House memoir, Mother Tongue (featured in National Geographic Traveler April 2016 issue) and has been traveling and writing about the world for almost a decade. She has three children, Cole, Stella and Tallulah and right now they're living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, living on tacos and sunshine and planning their next big adventure.
Everyone gets a copy of the fall issue immediately (bonus and thank you!):
We are a quarterly magazine so our digital and print reward levels are year subscriptions. Each quarter we release a new issue of the magazine and at the same time a guidebook. You can choose a reward level that is just the magazine or include the guidebooks. Here is our schedule for this year:
Comes out in Jan 2018
Comes out April 2018
Comes out in June 2018
Comes out in Oct 2018
We also have a line of books we're publishing this year that you can get in our higher tier bundles:
Available this Spring
Coming out in the summer of 2018
Coming out this December 2017
Risks and challenges
The fall issue is completed, the winter issue is on schedule. The funds raised on a per subscription level pay for the cost of printing, shipping, writers, and our small staff. Going off schedule is the only risk, either with issues with our printer or staff leaving. We've tried to mitigate any delays in the future by planning, not just for the current issue, but for the entire year. We have several guidebooks started (almost completed) and by having the editorial calendar set this far in advance we can get submissions from writers months ahead of schedule.
The biggest risks are illness (editor-In-chiefs have sick kids too) and staffing changes, so we have two managing editors who can jump in at any time. We're a very small team, so staff changes have a big impact. We're aware of that and have created documentation systems and redundant training, so another team member can keep things going.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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