Babies born during the coronavirus pandemic undoubtedly had a different start to life than everyone expected.
But the 15-month-old boy has had an even more eclectic first year, spending most of his life traveling through Europe in a stylish motorhome with his parents.
Toddler Jude has been living in the van since he was two months old with his parents Sarah, 34, of Aberdeen, and Lochie Kerr, 29, of Sydney, Australia.
In addition to taking his first steps on a beach in Valencia, Jude has seen the world before, visiting 28 different locations in six countries (excluding UK).
From Croatia to France to Italy, Spain, Switzerland and even Australia, the young boy has been sightseeing – more than many people in a lifetime.
Her parents, who work in finance, couldn’t be happier with their decision to pack their bags in their London apartment and move into a Citroën Relay L3H3 van.
Sarah said: “Traveling and living in a van is everything Jude has ever known. As a result, he adapts very well to a new environment and enjoys meeting new people.
“It’s been great because we have everything we need with us all the time. We don’t live in a business or wait on planes that might be delayed.
“Driving is easier because we can stop to swim or take a nap if needed. He loves the sand and the sea. ‘
From October of last year to September, the family continued their epic journey, the landscape of Jude changing from Tottenham in the capital to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The toddler even tasted his first slice of pizza in Cinque Terre, Italy, then spent his first birthday in the beautiful Passo Giau, surrounded by stunning rocky peaks 2,236m above sea level in the Italian Dolomites.
Jude also watched the sun rise in Engelberg, Switzerland, and set in Ibiza, Spain.
Sarah said: “We drove the van to Spain and then flew to Australia to visit Lochie’s family.
“Jude has enjoyed an endless Australian summer and even visited the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbor Bridge and Hamilton Island.”
The family returned to Europe in March and continued their epic road trip.
Lochie said: “One of our favorite places was the Dolomites, Italy. It was amazing to wake up above the clouds and so special to be able to share it with our baby.
“Jude tasted paella for the first time in Spain, croissants in France and ice cream in Italy. We parked in idyllic spots and it had the great outdoors as a garden.
All the places little Jude visited
Hamilton Island, Australia
Costa del Sol, Spain
Cinque Terre, Italy
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Parents say it was easy to feel safe while traveling, as “people stopped everywhere to chat with the smiling little boy with blond hair.”
Lochie also adds that “this lifestyle has benefited Jude because he is very flexible and confident”.
The van conversion cost £ 9,000, but the couple insist every penny is worth it.
Lochie says they have had “no regrets” or missed living in a house, mostly because they were able to take time off work to take advantage of it.
“Sarah was seven months pregnant when we bought the van, but that didn’t stop her from helping me convert her,” says the father.
“We both have limited DIY experience, but we did everything ourselves except for the cushion covers. We just did some research and used YouTube for tutorials.
“It was all trial and error. But we didn’t have any major issues with anything.