My Story: A Traveling Troupe of Truebloods

I’m traveling across the U.S. with my family for an entire year. My son is the drummer in the U.S. touring company of the Broadway musical, School of Rock. We’ve visited 18 cities in the last seven months and have another 16 cities ahead of us. I also have a contract to publish my first book and just spent a week in a Costa Rica at a writers’ retreat.

Folks keep asking me; How the heck to you travel with four children to 34 cities in a year? Do you ride in a tour bus? Do you stay in hotels?

Don’t you all want to strangle one another?

Here’s how it goes:

We stay in rental houses and fly almost everywhere because there’s not enough time in between shows to drive to the next city. (Plus, I might actually strangle someone if I had to drive in a car with my tribe for hours and hours every week.) Since we don’t stay in the company hotels, I find and book our housing and transportation for each location.

Each week on the road involves homeschooling, researching rental houses, finding flights, and booking rental cars. Plural. Two cars. (I haven’t figured out how to fit everything and everyone into one car.) Each Sunday we pack up two guitars, a keyboard, a drum set, five scooters, six skateboards, pads and helmets, clothes, and tons of books. (Southwest Airlines, please let me know if you find the ukulele we left in Denver!)

On Mondays, we all hop on a plane and move into a new city where we order groceries, do laundry, and unpack. Trying to find things on Monday nights is like a really boring treasure hunt. It never fails that I end up repacking several bags while sitting on that gross maroon carpet at the airline check-in desk. Curse that 50lbs. limit!

During the week we take our brood to museums, skype with tutors, take over skateparks, and explore the city. We’ve had frozen windshields in Buffalo, New York, heat-headaches in Tempe, Arizona, and a weird stomach thing that we agreed to never mention again.


The Other Stuff:

Amber Trueblood is a licensed Marriage & Family therapist with masters degrees in Business Management and Clinical Psychology.  She’s a member of The National Parents Association, The American Psychological Association, The National Association for the Education of Young Children.  

Amber was awarded a research grant to study the heritability of schizophrenia and antisocial disorder in Copenhagen, Denmark and co-authored an article in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology. As a business development manager for a medical engineering company, she traveled to Japan, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Germany for project negotiations.

While completing her second masters degree, she worked as a pharmaceutical representative, presenting workshops for psychiatry medical school residents at USC and UCLA. As a mother of four sons, Amber has traveled and lived with her family in Atlanta, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oahu and Los Angeles. 

Her tribe consists of her photographer husband Jaimie and their sons, ages 5, 7, 8 and 10.  In addition to writing and copyrighting an original song, Amber has painted and sold over $20,000 of her artwork, completed two sprint triathlons, and auditioned for America’s Got Talent…Don’t ask.



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