The Secret Seven in Oceania - Book.

The Secret Seven in Oceania - Book.

Our trips bring laughter, nerves, suspense and drama. To us and to those who read us. Let's turn this 6-month trip into a book and show that we are entertainment, but also motiv...

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Our trips bring laughter, nerves, suspense and drama. To us and to those who read us. Let's turn this 6-month trip into a book and show that we are entertainment, but also motivation for those who want to go, but still haven't found inspiration.

Going somewhere and writing are two of my passions. With this project, I want to go and take you with us. We want to go on an expedition that will take between 3 and 6 months (depending on our budget) to write an adventure book - the Secret Seven in Oceania - with the real madness that is traveling with 5 children under 8 years old, without filters. When I looked for information on many of the islands in the Pacific, for example, I realized that there was very little of it, which means that the culture is still very real, with very few tourists. And it's important that it is known when it's still that, when you travel and you're like the people who live there, when you don't take much and bring even less, except for photography and knowledge. I want to show you what happens when you join a family of 7 people, for a long time, uncomfortable in many moments, and traveling with a backpack (and often children on your back too! ). We will reduce travel costs as much as possible, as we will be staying in simple places and we will try to minimize transport costs as much as possible too. I want to show you us with them. Tell you the day-to-day, the dramas, the laughs, the dramas that make you laugh. I want to show you that anything is possible. Not only for us, but for those who read us too. Emma Thompson has a quote that says: "I think books are like people, in the sense that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them". And this is the book we all need, we just didn't know it yet. So let's make it happen. I promise to do my part. And you, will you help me make this possible?

About the author

I'm Maria, I'm 38 years old, I'm Portuguese and I live between the United States and Portugal, but travel often in the meantime. I've lived in more than 10 countries and traveled to more than 40. I'm a photographer, I had 5 kids in 4 and a half years, with no twins, and people say I'm crazy, fun, traveled, cheap and very uncomplicated. I agree. I like to laugh, and make others laugh, and that's the biggest reason I have some followers on my instagram account - @Mikasps. I usually share the non-shareable side of having children (or my chaotic life) and in between I give tips, in a subtle way, on how to survive all of this, while enjoying life. I love writing long texts (and apparently so do my followers, who always read everything), especially when we travel and I am the biggest advocate for “no filters”, whether in the information I pass on or in the photographs I take. I'm the real thing.

I lived in Mozambique for 6 months, where I helped create an NGO in the field of microcredit and became interested in photography. When I returned, I took an MBA (at Universidade Nova, Católica and at MIT, in Boston, USA) and wrote a photography book about people in Africa, which has a preface by Mia Couto, through crowdfunding. It was in sixth place for several weeks in non-fiction, in terms of sales, at the Bulhosa bookshop. Later I worked in partnership with world-wide media - Time magazine, Fortune, Miami Herald, China Daily, among others - making economic country reports in 3 continents.

Budget and due dates

Air travel to Australia: 1500EUR X 7 (10500)

Travel between islands and countries: 1500EUR X 7 (10500)

Accommodation: 150EUR (average) X 30days X 6 months (27000)

Food: 1500 X 6 months (9000)

In this calculation (sum of 57000EUR) there is still missing: entrance to parks/museums, various activities, car parking, insurance, unexpected expenses, so what we are asking is for only part of the trip.


  • Invest with
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    koala package

    You will receive a personalized message full of love and appreciation. Muah! You are the best!

    239 backers

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    Oceania Express Package

    Previous pack + digital thank you card directly from somewhere in Oceania. With immense love. Whoa! Amazing!

    58 backers

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    35€ or more

    Shipping Package

    Previous package + the book itself with your name on one of the last pages of the book reserved for acknowledgments, to put it in writing that we are together forever. It's madness!

    Postman/courier delivery
    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    267 backers

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    Expedition + Digital Package

    Previous package + eBook which will be an appendix to the book, with videos of the trip and other content, in order to have an even more real experience of what we went through.

    Postman/courier delivery
    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    50 backers

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    Get together package

    Previous package + Get together, in a group, which will take place in Lisbon for us to tell you about our adventures when we return.

    Postman/courier delivery
    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    18 backers

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    Backstage Pack

    Previous package + details of our travel budget and tips on how to travel cheap.

    Postman/courier delivery
    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    12 backers

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    homemade dinner package

    Previous package + dinner with Oceania menu in our house.

    Postman/courier delivery
    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    8 backers

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    Kangaroo Pack

    Previous package + Participate in a trip with us, with me organizing it. But it takes some guts and capacity to adapt! Better would be impossible.

    Postman/courier delivery
    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    1 backer

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Fri, 13/10/2023 - 09:43

Payout completed

The raised funds have been transferred to the campaign owner


Campaign ended

The campaign successfully raised the initial target

Mon, 02/10/2023 - 00:59

100% reached

WE DID IT! We met our initial target but the fundraising can continue

Wed, 30/08/2023 - 14:07

50% reached

We've just achieved half the target! The glass is now more full than empty ;)

Fri, 21/07/2023 - 11:49

We're now 20

We reached the first 20 backers. Let's keep up!

Fri, 21/07/2023 - 10:46

First five backers

We've gathered the first 5 backers. Hurray!

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Meet the people helping this dream come true

  • Ana Raquel Barbara Monteiro

    01/10/2023 - 11:26

    Adoro ler as vossas aventuras. É como se também eu as estivesse a viver. Boa viagem 😜

  • Mafalda Gomes Beleza

    01/10/2023 - 10:00

    Adoro segui-vos no Instagram e têm imensa pinta. Uso muitas vezes a vossa conta como exemplo de dar liberdade aos miúdos. 😊 ansiosa por seguir esta aventura 🤭

  • Neuza Fernandes

    01/10/2023 - 09:54

  • Vera Rita Félix André

    01/10/2023 - 08:33

    Boa sorte!! 🍀

  • Ana Leitão

    01/10/2023 - 07:03

    Boa sorte!

  • Joana Torre

    01/10/2023 - 06:44

    Ola Maria! Continuo a achar ousada a campanha e inicialmente nao concordei muito apesar de vos adorar.. mas olha.. por isso mesmo, por vos adorar e por pensar d

  • Luis Cunha

    01/10/2023 - 04:09

    Aproveitem bem :)

  • Cristiana Maia

    01/10/2023 - 00:59

    Uma fã de livros, de viagens e da vossa família, alguma vez podia passar ao lado, siga Oceânia 🎉

  • Joana Figueiredo

    30/09/2023 - 22:33

  • Diogo Coelho Pinto Monteiro

    30/09/2023 - 21:14

    Boa viagem! A vossa leveza de espírito inspira-nos. Façam-nos viajar convosco! Até breve 🙂

  • Sara Alexandra Gonçalves Campos

    30/09/2023 - 15:01

    Que seja uma grande aventura!

  • Inès Góis

    30/09/2023 - 11:49

    Boa viagem 😍

  • Cláudia Sofia Matias Marques

    30/09/2023 - 11:40

  • Clara Gomes

    30/09/2023 - 11:02

    You go guys! Looking forward to see every single step of this amazing adventure. Best thing you could have done for your kids’ education.

  • Vera Verdades

    30/09/2023 - 09:32

    Para quem tem um certo OCD, toca a arredondar as contas! P ex, se tiverem 53€, contribuem com 3€ e ganham um belo número redondo ahaha força !

  • Joana Andrade Capela Vilarinho

    30/09/2023 - 08:40

  • Raquel da Silva Ribeiro

    30/09/2023 - 01:27

    Boa sorte!

  • Joana Linda Freire Santos

    30/09/2023 - 01:22

    Força aí! Aproveitem

  • Marta Gameiro

    30/09/2023 - 00:21

    Ansiosa para vos seguir nesta grande aventura 🤩

  • Paula isabel Simões gil

    30/09/2023 - 00:09

    Olá! Já contribui antes com 10€ agora vão mais 25€ para chegarem deoressinha ao valor! Estou tão ansiosa para q tudo aconteça! Adoro-vos