We’re The Adventure Travel Family
We all want to live our lives to fullest. To live without regrets, to have memorable moments and rich experiences, to be happy, to connect with our families, and to enjoy our lives.
But not all of us do that.
We wanted no regrets.
To live each day in search of adventure, together as a family, and to inspire you to find your purpose so you can live your life to the fullest.
We live with a dedication to intention. We strive to wake up each day with intention—with purpose—to experience new things, to learn new things, to challenge ourselves, and therefore grow as people.
We love to rock climb, surf, mountain bike, and hike, because not only do those adventure sports bring great challenges upon us, but they also give us intention when we wake up and they bring us to destinations where we experience new and exciting things. That also happens to be what the word adventure means, an unordinary, exciting experience. Active adventure travel is our purpose. It’s the reason we wake up excited because we can always continue to push ourselves and learn by traveling to new places and escaping our comfort zone. Most improtantly, we live this life of adventure with our family by our side through it all.
We’re a full time travel family. But we are not your typical family. For starters we have five kids making travel a little more hectic. We also sold all our stuff and moved into our thirty foot motorhome to travel back in 2015. Well, not all our stuff …we kept our surfboards, climbing gear, and any other camping/hiking gear that would fit. We love adventure and the outdoors and that’s what all our travels center around.
We weren’t always this crazy
Robyn and Victor met in high school. While still in college, we opened Island Tumble, a gymnastics studio and personal training facility, way back in 1997, 3 months before we got married. We were still in college at the time, but we loved exercise and working with children and saw an opportunity and went for it. Over the next 18 years we followed the rules. We got married, had five kids, put them in competitive sports, nurtured a business, etc. We “got by” nicely until one day an idea took hold.
2015: We jumped
We loved the business we had and we lived in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Coronado, California. But we saw our life flying by too quickly and realized that before we knew it our kids would be grown and off on their own adventure. On top of that, we were fed up with the cost of living.
So we decided to create a big adventure for them to remember their childhood by.
We sold almost everything we owned, bought a 30 foot motorhome, and began living out of our RV and traveling.
That year we took our RV on road trips up the California coast in April, a Colorado and Utah trip in June, and a two-month road trip up to Vancouver and back stopping in many places in the PNW.
In September, we returned home to San Diego and lived out of our RV in local campgrounds in order to save up for bigger adventures the next year.
Related Blogs to our 2015 travels:
- Things to do in Ouray, Colorado
- Road trip itinerary: Colorado
- Road trip itinerary: Southwest National Parks
- Road trip itinerary: Oregon
- Road trip itinerary: Washington State National Parks
- Road trip itinerary: Big Sur
2016: Chasing dreams
To kickoff seven months of travel, we spent a month chasing waves together all around Costa Rica. Then, we jumped on a plane to Europe and spent six months traveling through Norway, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Spain, and Portugal.
This was the year we we realized we wanted to be full time nomads and created our travel blog to help others experience more adventure in their life.
We returned briefly to San Diego in November before turning around and flying west, this time to surf the North Shore of Oahu. We got our stoke in the warm waters and a heavy dose of fresh air while tent camping on the East side of the island.
We then returned home to finish the year with family back in San Diego.
Related Blogs to our 2016 travels:
- 4 Best surfing beaches in Costa Rica
- Tips for planning a trip to Costa Rica
- Planning a trip to Pavones
- Arenal or Monte Verde: Which is best?
- 50 Things to know before visiting Europe
- 2 Week road trip itinerary U.K.
- Hiking Cirque de Gavernie, France
- 5 Best destinations Croatia
- Why we love Interlaken, Switzerland
- Off the beaten path hikes Ireland
- Best rock climbing destinations Europe
- Best surf destinations Europe: For beginners + intermediates
- Guide to surfing and camping Portugal
- 7 adventures you need to do in Wales
- How to hike the Cinque Terre, Italy
- One day itinerary Isle of Skye, Scotland
- Guide to tent camping in Europe
- 10 Adventures in Oahu
2017: A leap of faith
The year of our great leap of faith. We closed the doors on a business we had been running for twenty years and dove all-in on this epic journey we embarked on two years ago. We returned to Costa Rica to surf our favorite break, Pavones for a week before setting off on an 11-week road trip with our RV through the Western U.S. and Canada.
We hiked and climbed some epic mountain ranges and got lost down dirt roads and among gorgeous forests.
In the fall, we jumped back on a plane to go back to our favorite spot, Hossegor, France. While in Europe we explored Northern Spain and spent time in the French Pyrenees. Our six week trip was filled with daily surfing, climbing, and hiking adventures, while connecting as a family each day with locally grown food.
Related Blogs to our 2017 travels:
- Guide to road tripping Canada’s Sea to Sky highway
- Guide to road tripping Canada’s National Parks
- Day Hiking at Lake Louise, Banff National Park
- Road trip itinerary: Idaho
- Road trip itinerary: Cascade Loop Highway
- Best day hikes in Sawtooth mountains
- 15 Best adventures Northern Spain
- 9 Reasons to visit Hossegor, France
- Road trip itinerary: France
- Hiking in the French Pyrenees: Chemin de la Mature
2018: From Islands to Mountains
We started 2018 with a Pacific Island trip. On February 1st we flew to Oahu to tent camp, surf, and explore the beautiful island. After two weeks, we headed to New Zealand and spent a month exploring the raw nature of the North Island and South Island via tent camping. We concluded the trip with a month in the surf haven of Bali .
When we landed from Bali in May, it was time to find jobs again. We wanted a change of pace and scenery from our San Diego roots and so we started in Bend, Oregon.
After spending a month and a half in Bend, Oregon living on forest roads, exploring mountain biking trails, and hiking the 3 sisters wilderness, we decided to move on.
Along our nomadic journey, our RV was rear ended and we had to move into a house temporarily while we remodeled it.
We ended up in Summit county, Colorado for five months and got a great taste of small town, ski obsessed, mountain living. Colorado was amaing for us, but it wasn’t where the money was, nor where Victor could use his talents to the fullest. And some of us hated living in a house.
We needed the freedom we felt when we lived in our RV!
So by December, with the remodel 90% done, we went back home to San Diego where Victor opened up his personal training and tumbling business in Coronado, California again. And where Robyn and the kids get to surf, indoor climb, and run this blog.
Related Blogs to our 2018 travels:
- 3 Week New Zealand itinerary
- How to Backpack Abel Tasman
- How to Backpack Routeburn Track
- Guide to tent camping New Zealand
- Best destination Bali: Canggu
- Should I go to Bali: Lessons in hardship
- 15 Cool Things to do in Ubud
- Bali waterfalls 2 day itinerary
- Things to do in Crested Buttte, Colorado
- Things to do in Telluride, Colorado
- Best hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park
- 24 Things to do in Silverthorne, Colorado
- 25 Things to do in Summit County in Winter
2019: Happiness + Fulfillment
This was the year of balance for us.
We still had some really BIG adventures this year, but we’ve also realized that making sure everyone is happy, fulfilled, and living their purpose takes compromise, adaptability, and effort.
Part of that compromise for us is getting a new (much larger) RV to live in.
Our Class C had been rear ended in 2018 and after the rad remodel, we found a major leak in the pipes (let’s blame Colorado’s freezing temperatures for that one!) and so it is time for an upgrade. We got a 42 foot Open Range 5th wheel and absolutely LOVE IT!
We kept the 5th wheel in San Diego as our home base and drove the Class C 10,000 miles this summer on one hell of an epic road trip through Canada all the way to Alaska. It was a trip of a lifetime filled with glaciers, wildlife, and so much wide open space. Plus, on this trip, we added in one of our all time favorite areas, the Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia. We highly recommend a trip to Alaska and B.C. and have compiled some pretty darn thorough content to help you plan your own bucket list trip:
- Alaska Road Trip: Everything You Need to Know About Driving the Alaskan Highway
- 25 Epic Things to do near Anchorage, Alaska
- Denali National Park: Ultimate Guide to Hiking, Camping, + Wildlife Viewing
- 15 Things to do on the Kenai Peninsula: Complete Guide to Alaska’s Best Adventure Destination
- Golden Circle of Yukon + Alaska: Guide to Whitehorse, Skagway, + Haines
- 25 Amazing Things to do in Whistler in the Summer
- 18 Radical Things To Do In Squamish:Ultimate Travel + Adventure Guide
- Camping Guide to Whistler + Squamish: RV Resorts, Forest Roads + Everything In Between
Gabi, Isabelle, and Robyn finished the summer by backpacking the Tour du Mont Blanc. It was quite a memorable experience to say the least and provided us an incredible bonding experience.
- How to Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc Self Guided
- How to Fastpack the Tour du Mont Blanc: Hike it in 7 days or less
- Camping Guide to the Tour du Mont Blanc
- Tour du Mont Blanc Videos on YouTube
Last, we finished 2019 with a Skiing and Snowboarding Mammoth + Utah (blogs and vlogs coming soon)
2020: Happiness + Purpose
Our focus for 2020 is helping others enjoy their life more and so we’ve created a course and FB group, Project Life, where we inspire you to find your purpose and live in a way that makes you excited to wake up to a life you’re proud of and brings you so much joy.
Meet the nomads
Robyn is a lot of things but boring and normal are not one of them. We tend to joke around that Robyn doesn’t fit into any category because she is all them- hipster, climber, surfer, runner, entrepreneur, foodie, yogi, coffee addict, and mother of five. Yes, she is a little crazy. But if that’s what it takes to live a life like her’s, then bring it on. She is persistent and ambitious which has led her create this nomadic life. In fact, she is so ambitious that you should be careful about mentioning new travel destinations in front of her. When she gets something in her head, it’s going to happen. She has always been an athlete and sports are what push her to lead a healthy and playful life.
Meet the “Meat Head”. This guy loves lifting iron. We’ve tried converting him into a hipster, a surfer, a climber, and a hiker (and sure he enjoys the time outdoors spent with his family) but his passion lies in the weight room. It only takes a few minutes of meeting Victor to pick up on how genuine, kind, and compassionate he is (the Sorting Hat at Hogwarts would definitely put him in the Hufflepuff House) and these traits are what set him up to be the best when it comes to coaching.
“Run, Forest, Run!” Daniel (age 18) is our runner and writer. The irony is that he didn’t like running or writing when he was younger he didn’t like to do either one. Now, his days revolve around his running training schedule, writing his next book, and taking online writing courses. At age 16, he ran his first ultra marathon race, a 50 Kilometer trail run in Pacifica, California. A year later he ran his first 50 Mile Race in San Francisco. Follow him on Instagram @danny.robledo.
Gabi (age 18) is our surfer, rock climber, writer, and dreamer (yeah, she takes after her mom). Her first passion is seeking out waves and sending climbing routes in beautiful destinations, which has led us to some pretty cool locations around the world. Her incredible research skills have taken us to some incredible off-the-beaten-path locations on our travels. Gabi is also the photographer, web designer, copy editor, design editor, and social media manager for Nomads With A Purpose so yeah, this website wouldn’t exist without her talent and dedication.
Check out Gabi’s Huffington Post article How I Left Behind My Old Life at 14 and Became a Teenage Travel Blogger
Isabelle (age 15) is like the wind, and enjoys going with the flow. Though she’ll do whatever, her heart lies on the trail. Isabelle loves to hike and leads the way on all our trail adventures. Don’t let her calm exterior deceive you. Her mind is a whirlwind of creativity, which has led her to be an incredible charcoal artist, which you can see on her Instagram account, @bellerobledo. She is also the official surf photographer for the family and is learningquickly learning the blogging business as she now is the creative assistant and social media assistant.
A.K.A. “Mogli” (from The Jungle Book), Jiraiya (age 11) is all passion and energy … finding ways to funnel that energy in a constructive way is always a challenge when traveling in confined spaces. But what better way to unleash a kid’s energy then to show them the great outdoors. Though Jiraiya can be difficult when it comes to getting him to hike, once he’s in nature, there’s no stopping him, as is the reason his cargo pants are always ripping. Though he’s got a fear of heights, the kid is a great climber and we hope, eventually, by nudging him up the rock, his fear will disappear. Due to his energy, strength, and love of dirt, we know one day he will be a master adventurer. Jiraiya is the ultimate talker and debater and we joke that we’re going to kick his butt if he doesn’t become a lawyer because he’s so good at talking his way out of things.
Tati (age 9) is an insanely passionate, independent, and creative kid. We always say “that girl will move mountains,” however, I think it’s more likely she’ll climb them due to her upbringing. Getting Tati to hike is CHALLENGING. But we cut her some slack, because she has hiked more than 200 miles in her life, which is probably more than her little legs can handle. Tati wants to do everything the older girls do in this family so we will not be surprised when she becomes a proficient climber and surfer. But until then, I think her cuteness will get her by.
Check out these links to other places we’ve been featured or other blogs we’ve written or have been featured on:
- 10 Things Surfing Never Lets Me Forget About Life- The Inertia
- Nomadic Matt
- Family Climbing Vacations ROCK (See what we did there?)- Outdoor Families Online
- Hike Like A Woman Podcast with Robyn the Nomad – Hike Like A Woman
- 22 Traveling Families with Kids Share Their Best Packing Tips – Mighty Goods
- Badass Girls Need A Badass Mama – Adventure Mamas Initiative
- The Most Inspiring New Family Travel Blogs to Follow – Meldrums on the Move
- Raising Gamers: Nurture Through Nature – Tales of a Mountain Mama
- Top 25 U.S. National Parks for Families – Adventure Together
- People of Adventure Interview: Robyn Robledo – The Outdoor Adventure Blog
- How Our Family of 7 Braves for Adventure and 7 Ways You Can Too – TinyBigAdventure
- Top Places to Stop Along Sea to Sky Highway, Canada – Canadian Affair
- How I Left Behind My Old Life at 14 and Became a Teenage Travel Blogger