TraveLiving: Creating Your Own Portable Lifestyle

Thursday 30th, June 2011


Boys in Drake Seat, St. Thomas

The Boys in the Drake Seat on St. Thomas

Dear Fellow Traveler,

Life continues to be busy and fun! It’s hard to believe that since we last wrote you (we were in St. Lucia), we visited 8 more Caribbean islands, Monterey, Las Vegas, San Diego and now Kathryn has just returned from teaching in Seattle as you receive this email.

We’re beginning to settle back in LA for the summer to catch up with friends and family. It’s kind of funny that when others are planning for vacation, we’re taking a break from vacation.

We hope you have a wonderful summer planned. It is the perfect time to take a trial run at a Portable Lifestyle, especially if you’ve felt stuck. There are some amazing travel deals out there and you could extend your stay if you take some work with you.

One of our followers is renting a lake cabin for most of the summer and has convinced her employers she can work virtually and get more done away from the office.

Here’s to a groundbreaking summer!

            Jon & Kathryn

PS: If you are single, don't miss Kathryn's final Los Angeles workshop this Saturday July 2nd.

You can find more information on Kathryn's events and products by visiting her site: http://www.kathrynalice.com.

Laying Temporary Roots

Julian schoolBeing a Portable Lifestyler doesn't mean that you're blowing in the wind with no constancy. You're actually setting up a household or settling somewhere you've wanted... Read More >>

3 Things to Do This Summer
to Further Your PL Dreams

BVI beachGo on at least one trip and do a little work while there. Even if it’s just 2 days, try to book into some place more homey than a hotel room – a vacation rental or suite... Read More >>

A Little Fun Trivia

Sailing WeekWe had a BLAST at Antigua Sailing Week this year, sailing on private yachts, hobnobbing with some famous sailors and soaking up all the festivities. But the highlight... Read More >>

Kathryn & Jon-Jon Enjoy the warm mud of the Soufriere volcano in St. Lucia


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In this issue #20

Laying Temporary Roots

Julian at school in St. LuciaBeing a Portable Lifestyler doesn't mean that you're blowing in the wind with no constancy. You're actually setting up a household or settling somewhere you've wanted to dive into. In this way, you get to really experience a place, becoming a temporary resident. As a PLer, you’ve probably chosen a vacation rental or suite so it's more home-like and more supportive of you and your work.

Whenever we land in a new place, we set up child-care, a camp or schooling, ensure that we have cleaning and laundry covered, rent a car, test the telephone & Internet connections and spend the first day "nesting," filling in the gaps of our household so we have what we need. (For example, in Antigua, we bought some softer lightbulbs, 2 lamps, electricity splitters, some coaxial cable, rafts for the private pool and a pizza cutter our first day after moving into our 4 bedroom villa. We also hired a full-time housekeeper on our 2nd day.)

We've discovered that after about 4 days, our new place usually feels like home. We've gotten used to it and start to explore our surroundings and make friends. Connections happen with other tourists, but also with residents, who give us the insider's scoop on the best places to see and eat plus upcoming events.

Our Portable Lifestyle Insider's Guide has some new and amazing additions to show you how you can extend your stay in various sought-after vacation spots. One of our newest discoveries is a way to get a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath waterfront villa for only $500USD per month on one of the Caribbean's most beautiful islands. To check out this comprehensive list of our best finds and bargains, click HERE.

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3 Things to Do This Summer to Further Your Portable Lifestyle Dreams

Jost Van Dyke, BVI1. Go on at least one trip and do a little work while there. Even if it’s just 2 days, try to book into some place more homey than a hotel room – a vacation rental or suite hotel. You’re feeling into the reality of a Portable Lifestyle and opening up to possibilities (If you get our Insider’s Guide, you will instantly have access to super inexpensive but nice resort rentals).

2. Make a wish list of your top 5 destinations to visit. Research how you could live in each place to begin building a template in your mind of residing & working there. We’ve done this for every place we’ve visited and it was fun to then play out our imaginings. The reality was usually even better than the daydreams!

3. Take a couple of steps toward going virtual. Set up a PayPal or merchant account to take credit cards (increasingly banks are offering this service, which you may be able to add to your checking account). Take some work home with you. Create your first product to market. The steps add up until you’ve established several virtual income streams and can take off for good.

Check out our Recommendations page for ideas to get you moving.

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A Little Fun Trivia

Maxi Priest Antigua

We had a BLAST at the annual Antigua Sailing events this year, tooling around the island on private yachts, hobnobbing with some famous sailors and soaking up all the festivities in and around the historic English Harbour village as well as many other of Antigua's harbors.

Still, the highlight for us was seeing reggae singer Maxi Priest in concert at the incomparable mountain-top venue of Shirley Heights. The sound was awesome even when it rained and the band was right on. To our surprise, Jon's photo graced the cover of the local newspaper the following day, rocking out to the reggae beat.

Another cool experience was checking out all of the amazing yachts that were moored the 3 weeks in April for both the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta & Antigua's Sailing Week. One of the most fascinating boats we visited in Falmouth Harbour was The Maltese Falcon, an 88 meter (289 ft) clipper with a rotating DynaRig sail system (see lower left photo). Apparently they followed us to St. Thomas two weeks later!

Maltese Falcon AntiguaMaltese Falcon St. Thomas

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