The Story Of A Single Mom Living And Traveling Abroad

Trippin’ Momma

Welcome to my single mom blog that focuses on single mom life, travel, and living abroad! This started as a place where I shared the adventures of my three daughters and me when we decided to get rid of it all and travel the world full-time. It has transformed into so much more since then.

This is the single mom blog you can go to if you need some inspiration on creating your dream life.

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As a single mom of three, my hope is that you will find not only inspiration but the motivation and tools needed to create your dream life by reading through these articles and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

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Hey there! I’m Amoya Knudson also known as Trippin’ Momma. I am a coach, blogger, and most importantly mom to Mia on the left, Alaya on the right, and little Novella on my back.

Back in 2016, I was living the American dream.  We had it all – the big fancy house with all the furnishings, the doting husband, and the kids attended a top-rated school. I should have been happy. I had finally finished my degree, had a brand new baby girl, and on the surface, things looked pretty darn good! BUT…  I was absolutely and undeniably MISERABLE.

If misery were not enough, my marriage fell apart, my blended family split, and the girls’ and I’s lives shattered. So what did I do?

I did the only thing that made sense. I sold the house, donated and sold most of our possessions, and pulled the girls out of school to set out on an adventure around the world and become a digital nomad mom.

Unfortunately, we had some setbacks.

The girls’ passports were held up, my divorce got complicated and drawn out, and the fear of traveling alone slowed us down.

Even with all those complications, we still spent an amazing month in Puerto Rico and did some super fun stateside trips including Disney World.

Travel Time

Fast forward to us having all passports in hand, we dove back in by doing a 7-week crazy road trip where I finally was able to finalize my divorce over the phone and gain my freedom. 

After that, we took a road trip to Canada where we froze our butts off for nearly two months.

Freezing my butt off in Quebec City, Canada

When we had enough of the lack of sunlight and freezing temps in Canada, we decided we could find a healthy dose of sunshine in Mexico so we drove back to Texas, left the vehicle, hopped on a plane, and started our 4-month adventure in Mexico.

We fell absolutely in love with Mexico and decided to finally settle down there. Sike!

After a month, we realized having a home base at the time, so our travels began again. We even hopped on YouTube to start documenting our journey there. After spending 6 weeks in amazing Playa Del Carmen, Mexico we went back to the US to tie up some loose ends.

From day 1 back in the states, it was a struggle. We no longer fit in. Mexico had truly opened our eyes to a life of travel and living abroad.

Within three weeks of being back in the states, we were on a plane headed to Europe. From there, we would experience craziness in Ireland, love in Italy, and a feeling of home in Albania.

Albania taught us so much about the world but after five months and a mysterious illness, we left and went back to the states for a few weeks before officially quitting my American life and moving to Mexico.

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We started in Guanajuato City, Mexico and have since moved to Merida, Mexico where we are currently opening up a single mom hostel. We will continue adventuring on through all the heartache, stress, good times and bad.

This is not a normal single mom blog. My goal here is to inspire you to follow your dreams and live your best life now.

Don’t wait to start living.

Live now and live well.

The world is full of infinite possibilities. You just have to go for it. I am so happy you are joining us on our journey. You never know. This could be the start of yours and you found the single mom blog to help guide your way!

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If you want a crash course on traveling and moving abroad, set up an appointment with me through this link for my Travel The World With Your Babies crash course.


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  1. Reading your blogs is so inspiring, I split from my husband over a year ago since when I found him cheating. It has been quite nasty and uncivil since. We still work together which doesn’t help. We have a two year old boy together, I’m 100% me and my boy will be travelling from February. We plan to sell everything and ensuring there’s an emergency fund… looking forward to living life. There are a lot of opinionated people that say this is irresponsible and not financially sound. Personally I’m nervous if it doesn’t work. But at the same time want to see my little boy grow each day rather than remain in this situation of working to pay for childcare and bills whilst waiting for my ex, to change and become a responsible parent who cares. Can you give any advice? Cara x

    1. Cara, the best advice I can give you is to just go for it! Even if for some reason it doesn’t work out in the long run, it will still be a life changing experience! I can totally relate to the nastiness of divorce. It must be really tough having to work with him. My heart hurts for you. I don’t get cheating! It shows a lack of maturity on their part. I learned just how much better my life was once I got rid of the dead weight. You are strong and you are powerful. You and your boy will do just fine. I have a group on Facebook you might want to join for added advice called Single Moms Do Travel. You can also email me at I would love to hear from you.

  2. I to love your story!
    I’m a single mom of 2 (8 & 5) from the Netherlands.
    I think fear and finance is the only thing that is holding me back right now.

    You inspire me to make sure our dream come true.

    1. Tahnee, I totally understand. As far as fear goes, you just have to go for it. I have to work through the fear all the time but it is always worth it. When it comes to finances, just make sure you have everything in order and you will be just fine. There are so many online options available. It is pretty amazing. You’ve got this momma!!

    1. How old are your kids, could they perhaps talk to Dad and express their desire to go? I find my husband has a hard time telling the kids no when he ca easily say it to me 😉 We are in a rocky place but I just told him the kids and I are going and if he feels like he wants to take me to court then so be it. Hopefully he wouldnt choose that route. I would of course ensure the kids are home for holidays and help in anyway to get him and his parents to meet up with us to spend time and make memories.

  3. I am thankful I found your blog. My son and I have been wishing to travel and trying to figure how to do it non-traditionally has been my issue. I currently am a high school teacher in TX but truly did not want to teach overseas which seems to be the way most people start out. I would truly prefer the digital nomad style and either homeschool or unschooling method for my son. I will be going through your blog for sure.

  4. I am a single mom and want to start teaveling with my daughter who is 10. I’m just now joining your blog. I’m so encouraged to know and see other single moms are doing this. I too desire a life of travel and am tired of the typical 9-5 rat race. Our first trip this summer is going to be to Ghana to celebrate the Year of Return, but Mexico is on our agenda too. Especially since we are based in AZ. I’m a teacher so financially I will probably be pursuing the international teaching route. At least to start.

    1. Hey Sherri! Absolutely! That is why I decided to set up a home base in Merida, Mexico. I actually struggled with making friends prior to traveling. Merida has this amazing single mom community and it just pulled me in. My kids wanted linger friendships as well which they have been able to create here in Mexico. I think you can do this while traveling as well it just takes some work. All relationships take work though.

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