About Me

Hello I’m Sam, and I live in Hermosa Beach, California, with Hot Hubby and two gorgeous boys.

Sitting on the Strand in Hermosa Beach: Author Samantha Kuhr with her family

I was born and raised in Derby, England. Derby isn’t particularly a glam town but was home for 17 years nonetheless. During my pretty traditional childhood, my family and I were fortunate to take annual holidays to Europe. Not that I appreciated them during my surly and tumultuous teen years. Regardless, my parents forced such atrocities on us as traveling to Spain, Italy, France and Yugoslavia (when it still existed!).

Although I would never admit it, these holidays were fantastic and stirred a yearning for exploring different countries, cultures, and people. I realized the world was accessible and exciting.

Samantha and her parents in 1978
Sitges, Spain – Circa 1978.

I left high school at age 15 (the education system in the UK is very different – my birthday is in August, so I was always the youngest, which I hated then, but now I love!!!) and started nursing college.

Samantha Kuhr - early years

Unfortunately, I proved very quickly I didn’t have the patience or dedication needed to be a nurse. I found myself at a bit of a crossroads. As fate would have it, a friend was talking about traveling the world for a year to ‘find herself’, and I thought, WOW, that’s exactly what I need/want to do. I need to find myself!

After successfully pleading my case to my parents (who were naturally resistant) they were disappointed and slightly annoyed I was leaving nursing school (and the country).  I decided on my route. I was headed to Thailand, Bahrain, New York, California and Australia. I had the whole route brilliantly mapped in my head. I now needed to execute!

Unfortunately, Thailand didn’t turn out so great. After three weeks I contracted a rare and deadly form of dysentery (I’m sure it wasn’t anything to do with the grotty hostel I was staying in!).  I lost 20lbs in three days (no exaggeration!!!) and was told I should probably fly to the UK immediately. Lord knows how they let me on that flight. Obviously, they were not concerned with the cost of me dying on the flight or an emergency landing. Air travel has definitely changed since then.

Samantha Kuhr lives in Hermosa Beach, CA and is a world traveler. She also wrestles elephants.

After medical attention in the UK, I realized I did not expel the wanderlust from my body (I expelled most everything else!!) I headed to New York and lived with the kindest family (seriously, they came to my wedding in England) taking care of their two gorgeous children. However, I dreamed about California and how I might get there.

As fate would have it, I didn’t have to wait too long. One dull Sunday night in the Terrace Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, a blonde surfer looking dude caught my eye. After playing it cool for a while, my friend pulled him over to chat, and we discovered he was on break from UCSB visiting family. One thing led to another and after five fun days with ‘Surf Dude’, he asked me to ‘be his girlfriend’. We walked through logistics.  He’d return to UCSB, I’d tie up loose ends in NY, and meet him in two months in California.

Young couple in love in santa barbara

I know you’re thinking I’m crazy at this point. First, in my defense, let me say this was all pre-9/11. I wasn’t concerned with terrorists, roofies, and serial killers. Perhaps I was naïve and should have been worried, but frankly, my biggest concerns were along the lines of, “If things go wrong, at least I’ll be in California.” And, “He is really cute and if it doesn’t work out, I bet he’ll have cute friends!”

To cut a loooooong story short, I moved to California, which extended my year of ‘finding myself’ into me finding something far more serious. We dated on and off for 5 years (during which time I finished college, traveled to Australia, and was a ski bum in Breckenridge, Colorado for a season). Eventually, we got engaged after 5 ½ years, married 18 months later, and here we are 25+ years and counting. So for the naysayers who think you can’t meet anyone great in a bar, I beg to differ!

samantha rawson from hermosa beach marries tom kuhr

After three years of marriage, along came children. I was promoted to the challenging role of ‘Chief Domestic Officer’ for the Kuhr family empire and founded my own marketing consulting company.

Hot Hubby and I both crave adventure and travel. We were determined to share that passion and curiosity of the world with our children. Friends thought we were insane for taking young children to places such as India, Bhutan, Peru, Tibet, China, Cambodia, and Australia.  Admittedly, it is a slightly different trip when you travel with a family circus, but it’s not quite as daunting as one would think.

Samantha and the Kuhr family in Egypt at Giza
Our boys are now young adults, curious about the world, and are game for anything. At Hot Hubby’s urging and support, I decided to start this blog. At worst this blog will be a gorgeous travel memoir documenting our family (and Dad’s bad 90’s haircut.) At best, this blog will inspire others to branch out from their comfort zones, and perhaps plan a trip with their own family somewhere off the beaten path.

 

Samantha kuhr skateboarding in hermosa beach

Thanks for reading — happy travels!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Alana G. | 20th Sep 17

    I love, love, love this intro and bit of history on fabulous YOU! So fun to read!

  2. [email protected] | 10th Mar 19

    Love this little bit of backstory on your journey and life! What an adventure. You are also a lovely writer with a fresh voice!

    • Samantha | 11th Mar 19

      ahhh thank you… life is quite the journey and I’m happy to share!

  3. | 26th Apr 19

    Wow what a great story, I have two boys and was divorced when they were very young in age, luckily, I’ve been blessed with going on Many Rugby tours with them to London, Portugal, Africa..So I know how fun it is to travel with boys. Thanks for sharing. Jeanine

    • Samantha | 27th Apr 19

      Hi! Rugby tours sound amazing! What a fun way to travel the world! xx

  4. Samantha | 13th Sep 19

    Hi! Thanks for your comment… i’d love to learn more about this, but would be more interested in writing an article on a package of 6 treatments to get a full understanding of this procedure and if it could help. Would you be interested in that? You can email me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you. Sam

  5. diego sacchetti | 23rd Jan 23

    hi Samantha !! amazing Blog and your story is inspiring . I love traveling as well, I visited 30+ countries.
    When I was a Child My father bought a caravan and we ( my parents and my brother ) travelled around Argentina, my home country , during a month every year for few years, also visiting Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and south Brazil . My Italian parents planted in me the seed that made me love travelling, so when i could I started travelling.

    • Samantha | 23rd Jan 23

      Thank you so much. Travelling as a child is such a gift… I love South America!

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