Our Story

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.  

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.

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.

Now in Albania, we continue adventuring on through all the heartache, stress, good times and bad. Our travels slowed down enough for me to create my Single Moms Do Travel Mentoring Program. 

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.

9 thoughts on “Our Story”

  1. Cara pereira

    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 trippinmommablog@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you.

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

  2. Shanna S Mathews Mendez

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

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

  3. Tahnee Masbaitoeboen

    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!!

  4. Katie

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

    1. 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?

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