Ever dreamed of dropping everything and travelling for a year? That’s exactly what Courtney Adamo, her husband and four kids did. We came across Courtney’s beautiful family a little while ago on Instagram, and fell head-over-heels in love with her inspiring story. We loved following their gorgeous family on the road, and decided to interview them for our Life’s A Roadtrip journal. Here’s a taste of the amazing adventure:
It all began with Courtney’s childhood dream and longing to explore the world on the road with her family, one country at a time. Living in London with successful careers (Michael, a Managing Director of his production company and Courtney, a founder of family lifestyle website Babyccino Kids), they decided to leave the predictability of normal life and embark on a dream journey to find a place they like to call ‘somewhere slower’.
Fast forward six months into their journey, the family has ventured from London to the USA, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Sri Lanka. With Portugal and Italy left to tick off on their incredible year-long adventure, the Adamos have enjoyed invaluable moments together, opened their children up to the world around them, and fulfilled their dream of finding a slower pace of life.
WHERE DID THE IDEA TO PACK IT ALL UP AND LIVE ON THE ROAD COME FROM?
Courtney: It’s been a dream of mine since I was very young. I grew up on a tulip farm in rural Washington State and my grandparent’s neighbours did exactly that. They took their children out of school, put their careers on hold and travelled the world. It was a daring move for a family in small-town America and everyone was intrigued, including my eight-year-old self.
NOW THAT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED LIFE ON THE ROAD AS A FAMILY, WHAT DO YOU THINK LIFE WILL BE LIKE WHEN YOU RETURN?
Michael: Life will be different for sure. We will really resist falling into the rat race again. Even though we had a nice life in London, it’s a constant treadmill. You’re always running to keep up – and when you’re on it, you don’t even realise it. The people around you are all working long hours, striving for bigger salaries and wanting bigger and better and faster. Your reality gets so skewed, and you start placing importance on things that really aren’t important. It’s funny how just stepping off of that treadmill allows you to see what really matters. Many things that used to matter to us, seem silly or trivial now.
LIVING ON THE ROAD FULL-TIME WITH FOUR KIDS MUST BE DIFFICULT AT TIMES?
Courtney: There are some trying moments. When we were in New Zealand, it rained for fifteen days straight and we were stuck inside a campervan. But I still loved it – we had wet clothes, everything smelled, we had four kids in a small space and I was still like ‘whatever, I’ve got all I need right now.’
Read the couple’s full story, along with more tales from amazing travellers in Life’s a Roadtrip – a travel journal designed to inspire and capture all of your road tripping adventures.