Family Traveler Spotlight is the section of our publication where we profile families who love taking their children along on their travel adventures. In this edition, we meet Corinne Rice of Nomadic Mom. She shares with us why she feels most at home when she’s out on the road, how to reconnect with nature, and how you can take travel self-portraits just like she does.
Tell us about your family.
I’m Corinne Rice, 32, and my son’s name is Atlas Mohawk X. He’s two and a half.
Where do you live when you’re not traveling?
Nine months ago I got out of my apartment lease in Los Angeles and began volunteering on organic farms through the WWOOF Program in New Mexico. I worked in exchange for food and a room in order to spend more time with my son. While in LA he was in daycare sometimes 50 hours a week, and that’s not the life I wanted for him. We’ve basically been nomadic ever since. We hopped from farm to farm throughout New Mexico and then headed to a farm in Gainesville, Florida. From there we went to visit my parents in Fort Meyers and then a friend in Manchester, New Hampshire, where we spent a month. We then went back to Florida for a family reunion and after that we flew out to California to stay with my sister for a bit. From there we took several road trips, throughout California, each time sleeping in my VW, on the folded down back seat, topped with a memory foam twin mattress. Currently we’re in New Hampshire again for a few weeks and I have no plans to follow. I’ve come to realize I feel most at home when I’m out on the road, completely homeless. With my feet in the earth and the sun on my face, exploring, taking pictures and having not a care in the world. When I’m in one place for too long, I get restless and all I want to do is eat sugar, stair at my phone and check my Instagram. I’m hoping to get a VW bus of sorts sometime in the near future.
Tell us about your Instagram account, Nomadic Mom.
What makes my Instagram unique is the combination of great photography, beautiful tones and my adorable son Atlas.
Many of your photos are self-portraits. Do you take all of these yourself? If so, how do you manage this logistically?
I take all of the self-portraits unless credited otherwise, so 99 percent of the time. I do so by setting up my tripod and using a shutter release remote. Occasionally if I’m with friends or family, I’ll ask someone to hit the shutter because the remote can be tricky.
What tips do you have for parents who would like to take better photos when they travel?
Try to add a human element whenever possible. Find other travel accounts on Instagram for photo inspiration. Golden hour and sunrise/sunset always make for the best photos.
Why do you believe in traveling the world with your children?
I believe that experiences are far better than possessions. I feel that in most societies we are so far disconnected from mother earth and nature. Typically, people feel better and are happier when they’re outdoors, exploring and soaking up the sun’s rays. I want my son to experience other cultures and meet people of all walks of life.
Luxury means different things to different people. How do you define luxury when it comes to traveling with your family?
To me luxury means being able to follow your passions and dreams and live a life filled with happiness. I don’t see luxury defined by possessions or dollar signs, but rather, I have the luxury to travel and spend time with my son.
What’s the best travel experience your family has ever had?
The best travel experience we had was on our 9-day road trip throughout California, sleeping out of the car, not knowing what day it was. We visited Death Valley, the Mammoth Lakes area, Eastern Sierras, Yosemite, the Bay Area and Big Sur. We watched the sun rise almost every day, spent hours in hot springs, and had lots of flexibility with our schedule, so that when we really liked it somewhere, we stayed longer.
What three items do you never travel without?
Besides the obvious, like clothing, shoes and toiletries? Supplements, because nutrition is very important to me and it’s not always possible to get all the nutrients our bodies need from food. My grounding pad, which is a half sheet that fits on a bed, plugs into that third hole you see in outlets in the U.S., and it’s basically as though you’re sleeping on the earth, which has a magnetic force our bodies need and usually don’t get enough of. Lastly, my quantum necklace made of volcanic lava. It omits negative ions which protect our bodies from the harmful effects of electric and magnetic fields or radiation.
What’s your favorite online travel resource?
Just Google’s search engine and Google maps in general. When I’m planning to go somewhere, I’ll search something like, “most beautiful places in New Hampshire” and “top places to visit in New Hampshire.” I’ll also look at maps and Google all lakes and forests and maintains, then check out the images and find cool places to go to from there.
What’s on your travel bucket list?
Oh man, to be honest, I want to visit every country before I die. But here are some of my top interests: Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland and India.
See more from Corinne at her Instagram account Nomadic Mom.
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