The Story Of A Single Mom Living And Traveling Abroad


single mom living and traveling abroad

Hey there! I’m Amoya Knudson otherwise known as Trippin’ Momma. Coach, blogger, and mom to Alaya on the left, Mia on the right, and little Novella looking like she is giving us the middle finger.

A little over a year and a half ago, I was living the American dream.  We had it all- the big fancy house with all the furnishings, the doting husband, and the kids were at 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.

Unfortunately, we had some setbacks. The girls’ passports were held up, my divorce got complicated, 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.

Fast forward to us having all passports in hand, we dove back in by doing a 7-week crazy road trip, another stop over at Disney, and then 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 the 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.

First night in Guanajuato, Mexico

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.

Mia in Ireland

Now in Albania, we continue adventuring on through all the heartache, stress, good times and bad.

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!

If you are intrigued and want to know more about us, you can read more about The A(moya) Team here.


  1. Cara pereira

    August 31, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    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. Trippin' Momma

      August 31, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      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. Trippin' Momma

      August 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      And I am so happy you found inspiration from my blog. That makes my heart sing!

  2. Shanna S Mathews Mendez

    November 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I love your story! Good for you. And yay for authenticity and genuineness. Let’s rule the world Mama!

    1. Trippin' Momma

      November 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you, Shanna! Yes, let’s rule the world!

  3. Tahnee Masbaitoeboen

    January 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    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. Trippin' Momma

      January 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      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!!

  4. Katie

    November 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Does anyone else have shared custody? I do and therefore couldn’t travel like that.:(

    1. Trippin' Momma

      November 7, 2018 at 5:35 am

      What does your shared custody look like? Maybe there could be another way for you to travel? Would your ex allow you to travel for an extended period of time during the summer?

    2. Stephanie Williams

      November 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      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.

  5. Hadiyah

    November 23, 2018 at 11:48 am

    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.

    1. Trippin' Momma

      November 24, 2018 at 11:54 am

      That is amazing! There are so many ways. You can look at teaching online too. Thanks for reading!

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