The story behind THE PASSPORT PROJECT
Almost two years ago, I sought refuge from the catastrophic summer of 2020 in a writing cave. I had no plan when I entered that solitary place. I just wanted to create something — anything — that would unify humanity, rather than divide.
Then it hit me.
People always say to write what you know. And I know two things: One, there’s no better way to develop an appreciation for freedom and diversity than through travel. And two, anyone who survives 24/7 family time while hopscotching across the globe with middle-schoolers has a story to tell.
Exactly 22 months later, I have emerged both exhausted and exhilarated with The Passport Project: Two Sisters Ditch Middle School for a Life-Changing Journey Around the World.
THE PASSPORT PROJECT book trailer
The Passport Project is a ‘round-the-world family travel memoir with a fun twist. It is written from my daughters’ alternating perspectives. Be sure to watch the trailer below.
Book release announced on National Write Your Story Day
National Write Your Story Day was the obvious date to share this exciting news. Readers of all ages will enjoy this mashup of Nat Geo, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Amazing Race.
The Passport Project press release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — March 14, 2022 — On National Write Your Story Day, Shamrock House is pleased to announce the release of The Passport Project: Two Sisters Ditch Middle School for a Life-Changing Journey Around the World.
Millions of American families spend their weekends and breaks playing travel sports. But for one Alabama family, the sport is travel. Debut author and veteran traveler Kellie McIntyre and her family set a goal to explore six continents before the kids finished high school. In 2013, McIntyre, her husband, Dale, and their two daughters packed one suitcase each and embarked on a journey around the world.
“What started out as a family goal turned into a first-class education from economy seats,” McIntyre says. That education has turned into The Passport Project.
During the “Dumpster-fire” summer of 2020, McIntyre felt compelled to create something that would unify people, rather than divide. Believing that travel is the greatest teacher of all, she knew she had an important story to tell. Celebrating diversity and freedom, McIntyre takes readers from Alabama to 13 countries across four continents — with an unexpected twist.
Uniquely written from her (then) 14- and 12-year-old daughters’ perspectives, The Passport Project is a true, coming-of-age adventure for ages 8 to 88.
“You can take the kids out of middle school, but you can’t take the middle school out of kids. They were dealing with all the typical issues of adolescence, while constantly navigating new customs and cultures,” McIntyre explains.
After spending the past two years at home, Americans are eager to pack their bags and go. And now that adults and children have mastered working and studying remotely, more families may choose to plan a world-schooling adventure. What does McIntyre hope readers will gain from her story?
“Life is so much richer when we embrace the world beyond our bubbles.”
THE PASSPORT PROJECT in Schools and Book Clubs
THE PASSPORT PROJECT has made its way into middle school classrooms and state reading lists. It is also a popular choice for teen and adult book clubs.