Travis Barker Jets Off to Italy With Kourtney Kardashian and Honors Late DJ AM

Travis Barker continues to face his fears of flying with the help of girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian as he honors a late friend.

By Corinne Heller Aug 28, 2021 4:31 PMTags
Watch: Travis Barker Flies Again With Kortney Kardashian to Italy

For Travis Barker, love continues to triumph over fear as he also takes time to keep a beloved friend in his heart.

The 45-year-old Blink-182 drummer recently flew to Italy with his girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian, marking his second air trip headed away from home by jet and his first transatlantic flight since he survived a deadly plane crash in the United States almost 13 years ago.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Travis shared a nighttime image of the ground taken from the air. He then posted a publicity photo of late friend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein. The two were the only survivors of a September 2008 crash of a chartered plane in South Carolina. DJ AM helped save Travis' life by putting out flames that engulfed his body with the shirt off of his own back. Both men were badly burned in the accident. Less than a year after the plane incident, DJ AM died of a drug overdose.

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker: Romance Rewind

Travis and Kourtney, 42, visited Italy on Friday, Aug. 27. They were photographed enjoying some time on the beach and also getting on a small boat in San Fruttuoso, Genoa, as seen on TMZ. The rocker shared a pic taken at the Abbey of San Fruttuoso and the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star posted an image of a sailboat. 

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The two also visited Portofino, a favorite Kardashian-Jenner family destination, where the couple cuddled and made out and also sported big smiles while shopping and enjoying some gelato, as seen in photos posted by The Daily Mail.

Both Travis and Kourtney shared several food pics on their Instagram Stories. Travis posted a photo of him and Kourtney holding gelato cones—it appeared he chose mango while she picked strawberry. The couple also shared photos of Trofie pasta from one of their romantic meals.

Earlier in the day, Kourtney wrote, "Good morning from me and my Italian coffee and my focaccia."

The couple's trip comes almost two weeks since Travis, who has feared flying since he was a child, joined Kourtney and her mom Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble on Kylie Jenner's private jet, which flew them to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a short trip.

It marked the rocker's first flight since the 2008 plane crash, which killed four people, including two of his close friends.

For years, Travis avoided planes and took cruise ships to his concerts abroad. In a Men's Health magazine interview published in May—five months after he began dating Kourtney—who often travels by air, the musician expressed hope of flying again. He echoed such comments in June on Twitter, writing, bluntly, "I might fly again." 

"This has been something that Travis has been working on for some time," a source close to Travis told E! News regarding the musician's return to the air. "It's something he's wanted to do and to overcome. Kourtney has been incredibly loving and supportive and it is through her love, help and confidence in him that he was able to finally do this. The people that have been close to Travis since his crash are so very excited for him."

Following the Cabo trip, Travis wrote on Instagram, "With you anything is possible @KourtneyKardash."

Kourtney replied, "Anything and everything with you.

See photos from Travis and Kourtney's trip to Italy:

Hearts on Fire

Kourtney and Travis only had eyes for each other while sightseeing aboard a steamy gondola ride in Venice.

Rocker Vibes

The couple that twins together...stays together! Kourtney and Travis (in Enfants Riches Déprimés pants) wear matching rocker-chic outfits while walking through the streets of Venice on Sunday, Aug. 29.

All Dolled Up

The two lovebirds dress up in stylish attire to attend Dolce & Gabbana's fashion show in Venice on Sunday evening.

Welcome to Italy

In late August 2021, Kourtney and Travis flew to Italy for a romantic trip. It marked his second air trip away from home and his first transatlantic flight since he survived a 2008 plane crash. They visited Genoa and Portofino.

"That's Amore"

Kourtney captioned this Instagram photo, "That's Amore." Travis commented with a black heart emoji.

Sealed With a Kiss

"Italy," Travis captioned this Instagram pic, adding a black heart emoji. Kourtney responded, "With you."

Holding Hands

The two explore Venice.


The two leave a hotel in Venice.

Bottoms Up

The two toast their romance.


Kourtney captured the magic of the Venice canals. 

All Smiles

The two grin as they enjoy their gelato cones.


Travis nuzzles his girlfriend.

Ya Got Something There...


PDA Alert

The two enjoy a makeout sesh.

Getting Cozy

The two cuddle together.

More PDA

The two could not keep their hands or lips off each other.

Facing His Fears

Travis shares this pic from a plane en route to Italy, his second air trip headed away from home and first transatlantic flight since surviving a 2008 plane crash.

Wake-Up Call

Nothing like fresh Italian coffee to wake you up.

Carbs Carbs Carbs

Who doesn't love Italian bread?

Water Ride

Travis relaxes on the water.

Sweet Treats

The two enjoy some gelato.

Pasta Pasta

The two enjoy some Trofie pasta.


They two enjoy more pasta.

So Peaceful

The two relax on a boat.

Boat Trip

The two enjoy some time on the water.

Venice Nights

Kourtney, Travis, and their besties snapped a mirror selfie, captioned,"Venice Nights." 

D&G Dolls

Kris Jenner took a candid shot of Travis and Kourtney during the D&G fashion show.

Runway Moment

Kourtney and Travis posed ahead of the D&G runway show.

Couture Style

The Dolce & Gabbana show wowed in Venice on Aug. 29. 

Pasta Perfect

Kourtney shared a delicious pic of her pasta dinner.

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