TraveLiving: Creating Your Own Portable Lifestyle

Wednesday 24th, March 2010


Jon-Jon Kathryn Pedicab

Jon-Jon & Kathryn Enjoy a Pedicab Ride

Dear Friends & Fellow Travelers,

Happy springtime to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere! We've heard from many of our friends and family in the States who are grateful that the cold winter has passed. And for our friends down under, in South America, and in South Africa, we wish you a happy fall.

Through the second half of Boracay's 2010 winter, we enjoyed warm days on the beach for Valentine's, Chinese New Year, and St. Patrick's Day. Plus we were able to catch The Grammys & The Oscars live, The Tonight Show transition, and the first half of the final season of LOST as we ate breakfast overlooking kiteboarders in the bay below.

This coming weekend, the boys begin their Easter break from school and so we're headed to Hong Kong. Jon-Jon has been going on and on about Hong Kong Disneyland ever since we first traveled through Southeast Asia two years ago. And Kathryn and I have always dreamed of going. Now that Julian's grown a bit and it's only a two hour flight, we've decided to visit the Pearl of the Orient for five days.

We haven't given up our urge to travel even though we've found a location to call home for six months. And we're finding more and more families doing the same thing. In an article below, you'll read about our friends from New Zealand who have been traversing the Globe for ten years, currently with three children and two dogs in tow! YOU have no more excuses.

Next month we'll share both an adults' and a kids' take on Hong Kong as well as give you a little insight on where we'll be this summer. Until then, may you have abundant travels and we'll see you out here in the world!

            Jon & Kathryn

You Have NO More Excuses!

Shakira & Jon-JonOur new friends take the cake! They are Portable Lifestylers beyond what we have ever known, and after you hear their story, you will have NO excuse not to take to the road... Read More >>

5 Things to Leave at Home

boys luggage1. Beach towel -- every place you will stay (unless you're backpacking it, which doesn't really lend itself to making money virtually) will provide beach towels... Read More >>

5 Things not to Leave Home Without

JJ Leapster1. A standard style Swiss Army pocket knife or similar -- make sure it has a blade, a screwdriver, can & bottle openers, and scissors. Sometimes even furnished... Read More >>

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In this issue #14

You Have NO More Excuses!

Peace/Tompkins FamiliesOur new friends take the cake! They are Portable Lifestylers beyond what we have ever known, and after you hear their story, you will have NO excuse not to take to the road.

New Zealanders Sherin & Brian Peace have been Portable Lifestylers for 10 years. They travel with 3 kids under 10 plus TWO DOGS! They spend 6 months at each destination before moving to the next and they have this life down to a science.

When we met them, we immediately bonded, our kids adore each other (classmates a and Sherin & Brian passed on to us many great tips on making it work. We were fascinated by their life, how they made it work and spent many precious hours together before they moved on from Boracay to Oahu.

For the first 5 years of travel, the Kiwis operated a virtual business that they built up, making more money each year until they sold it. At this point, they are independently wealthy (thanks to the sale) and live an amazing life of fun. They go where they want, usually alternating expensive destinations (the Seychelles) with cheaper ones (India).

Sherin has had 3 babies now on the road, and the kids have adapted to the life quite nicely, are well read and extremely international.

So, if you've said you can't go because of children or pets, realize anything is possible. We thought we were doing well to travel freely with two kids, but the Peaces have put us to shame!

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5 Things to Leave at Home

Jon-Jon Julian luggage1. Beach towel -- every place you will stay (unless you're backpacking it, which doesn't really lend itself to making money virtually) will provide beach towels. We lug along one that we almost never use.

2. Printer -- you might think you need one, but every place you'll stay will help you by printing anything you email them (often for free). And if you're virtual, you're not going to be needing a bunch of documents anyway -- it's all done by email and phone.

3. Gear or toys -- unless you'll be using it every day, it is SO much easier to rent or buy as you go, and you get off much lighter. We buy toys (even bikes & guitars) in each new place and give them to local kids when we leave. Many places provide gear like snorkeling equipment, tennis racquets and kitesurfing boards for free. Trust that you will be provided with all you need as you go.

4. Valuables -- leave your nice jewelry in a safe deposit box at home and opt for costume pieces instead. Though we have yet to encounter thievery, you simply don't want to have to worry about expensive stuff on the road.

5. Heavy or high maintenance clothing -- the biggest complaint we hear is: "I packed the wrong stuff & am using nothing in my suitcase!" If you're headed for the tropics, jeans, long-sleeved shirts & sweaters will go unused. And for cold weather, plan to rent or buy as you go. We've done that for skiing. It will cost less to rent a parka & gloves than the overage charges you will otherwise incur for bringing too much. And anything needs constant ironing or hand-washing, it will go unworn as well, so leave it home!

The fact is that overplanners and overpackers are acting out of fear that they won't be provided for. As you travel, you will discover that you will always have or can get what you need to be well-supported in this wonderful life!

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5 Things not to Leave Home Without

Jon-Jon Leapster1. A standard style Swiss Army pocket knife or similar -- make sure it has a blade, a screwdriver, can & bottle openers, and scissors. Sometimes even furnished kitchens are missing these items. Just remember to pack it in your suitcase when you fly.

2. Dual-voltage power transformers for portable electronics -- these days, most portable phones, MP3 players, DVD players, and computers come with chargers that range between 100 & 230 volts. America runs on 110, most of the rest of the world runs at 220. Don't blow your power supply because you didn't check first.

3. Necessary stock of medicines, vitamins, and non-standard toiletries -- most over-the-counter medicines are country-specific, so bring what you expect to need with you. And if you're keen to a certain skin or hair product, make sure it's an international brand or pack it as well.

4. Contact information for family and close friends -- while this may seem obvious, it is possible to misplace important numbers and addresses especially if you rely on storing them all in your cell phone. Make sure you have a backup in case of an emergency.

5. More than one ATM or credit card -- while many people still prefer to bring cash and/or travelers cheques with them, you certainly don't want to deny yourself dinner, lodging, or your flight home if you run out of cash or have to wait for a replacement card to be shipped.

It is possible to pack light yet have everything you need at hand. Be smart about what you will use during your travels and you will never feel want. It all depends on the purpose, the duration, and destination of your trip.

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