Ditching Suburbia - Deciding to Write a Book

“You should write a book!”

I can’t count how many times we have heard that since we left on what was to be a one-year family road trip. We were blogging our experiences here on Boyinks4Adventure.com, though, so I would quickly deflect the idea. We’ve also written a book already (albeit in the technology space) so knew the work that would be involved in doing another.

Some ideas need a while to germinate.

While this site tells our personal story well, as our kids get older and closer to adulthood there was another perspective I got curious about - that of families who had traveled full-time for a while but then stopped. What was that like? Then I got to thinking - it would be interesting to talk with families who were still in the getting ready to go phase. From there it seemed natural to fill in the middle with thoughts from other families like us who are still traveling so a reader could get perspectives from the entire event.

That’s the basic premise of the book we have begun working on - interviews with families who are preppping to travel, families who are still traveling, and families who have stopped traveling.

We’ve titled the book “Ditching Suburbia” and yesterday I did the initial work of getting a domain, web-hosting, landing page, and email signup form together and on the web at ditchingsuburbia.com.

We are in the process of scheduling interviews and have a goal of having the book available by Christmas.

So yea - we are writing a book!

8 Comments Ditching Suburbia - Deciding to Write a Book

  1. Picture of JenniJenniJuly 24, 2014

    Awesome!  We STILL get that “you should write a book” comment all the time and since I know a few people who have struggled through the process I have had no desire to do it myself.  Plus I just don’t feel that our year on the road was really something that would grab enough attention to get it published.  I mean, yeah, it was great and lots of people enjoyed our blog, but what do we really have to say that makes us different from the hundreds of others doing the same thing?  But I really think by covering the whole spectrum of “been there, are there, headed there” you will have a unique perspective and product.  I’m glad your goal to publish is this year because I am pretty eager to read this.

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkJuly 24, 2014

    Thanks!

    As you know I’ve been stewing over the idea for a bit and just decided this week to take the plunge. I’m anxious to write a book that once done stays done..;)  It’ll also be nice to have some work outside of the tech world.

  3. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkJuly 24, 2014

    Thanks!

    As you know I’ve been stewing over the idea for a bit and just decided this week to take the plunge. I’m anxious to write a book that once done stays done..;)  It’ll also be nice to have some work outside of the tech world.

  4. Picture of StaceyStaceyJuly 24, 2014

    Great idea!  Best of luck on the book - the most fun part will probably be chatting with fellow travelers on their thoughts about life on the road and what lead them to do it.  And yes, “you should write a book” is such a common thing said to those of us who opt for a different path.  I’m glad you’re going through with it.

  5. Picture of HuckHuckJuly 24, 2014

    Looking forward to the book!  Our stake in the ground (or maybe its when we pull out the stake in the ground?) is Jan 2016.

  6. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkJuly 26, 2014

    @Stacey - thanks for the encouragement.

    @huck - I might ping you for an interview about the planning process.

  7. Picture of wheelingitwheelingitJuly 28, 2014

    VERY exciting stuff! I love the look of your site & the topic. Can’t wait until it comes out.
    Nina

  8. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkJuly 28, 2014

    Nina - you won’t be allowed to buy it..;)

    We’ll happily ship you a copy free for all the knowledge we’ve gleaned from your blog over the years.

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