TraveLiving: Creating Your Own Portable Lifestyle

Friday 16th, March 2012


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Our Boys Spend Time on the Ice with Their Cousin

Dear Fellow Traveler,

Hi and happy March Madness! Hope this newsletter finds you well as spring approaches. Sorry we haven't written in a while. We are having a modified Portable Lifestyle right now, which you'll hear more about if you continue reading. It has been interesting with some unexpected gifts.

Also, we have a FREE teleseminar coming up that should be of interest to you. Become a 6 Figure Coach -- lead by Kathryn -- will show you how to set yourself up for great success as a coach, practitioner or counselor. And much of the info pertains to going virtual and being location independent. To find out more and sign up, visit this link: http://www.kathrynalice.com/6figcoach.htm

We hope you're making plans for a great St. Patrick's Day and even better Easter/Spring Break!

Abundant Travels,
            Jon & Kathryn

A Portable Lifestyle's
Unexpected Gifts

backyard We always say that when you lack something for a while and then gain it, you have a heightened appreciation for it. This has certainly been true of our Portable Lifestyle... Read More >>

Will Gas Prices Kill Your
Travel Plans?

gas pricesWith gas prices going up, travel can seem to be more expensive at the moment. But for Portable Lifestylers, this doesn't have to be a big deal since we tend to stay... Read More >>

Become a 6-Figure Coach
- a FREE Webinar: March 26th

6 fig coachIn crafting your Portable Lifestyle, it is so important to lay in multiple income streams and go beyond the "time for money" paradigm from the get-go. It has never been easier... Read More >>

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A Portable Lifestyle's Unexpected Gifts

Backyard PlaysetWe always say that when you lack something for a while and then gain it, you have a heightened appreciation for it. This has certainly been true of our Portable Lifestyle. We have taken a break to stay home in Los Angeles this winter, and apparently, we've brought the tropical weather with us, because it's been warm and sunny all winter. This makes us happy!

While we still seem to take about 4 trips per month, we've found some unexpected gifts in being based at home for now.

1.   Plants.   Kathryn has been laying in plants and exercising her green thumb because when you travel, you don't do much gardening. She has found it super fun to nurture growing things and watch them blossom. And the orchids Jon gave her for Valentine's Day are just beautiful!

2.   Music.   Jon is enjoying the heck out of his music studio, making music, recording and playing freely. And everyone has been using the piano daily. You can hardly lug a whole studio of instruments on the road! Kathryn one time got really mad at Jon when he brought his guitar (along with 4 other bags) to Venice, Italy. Getting all of the gear over the water to the hotel was a nightmare.

3.   Classes.   We've got our kids in horseback riding lessons, piano lessons, hip-hop class, stop-motion animation, art and drama. When you're on the road, classes tend to be sporadic, whatever the resort is offering. Over the past few years, our boys have specialized in swimming, snorkeling and resort offerings like tennis or ping pong. But while we've had this consistent time in one place, we're taking advantage to have our boys master quite a few additional skills.

4.   Stockpiling.   When you live a Portable Life, you're constantly gaging when you're actually leaving a certain location and how much food you should get to last just until you depart. And then, a fun thing is having a picnic the last day, taking some stuff to eat on the plane or boat. We had a lovely picnic one time at the Australia Zoo near Brisbane before hopping a plane to Cairns. We tend to scarf down our last bits of food while packing. How many times have we sat with a bunch of spoons, killing off the ice cream? Being home so long has seen us indulge in stocking up on our favorite items. We've got boxes of cereal, 10 frozen pizzas in the freezer, a whole shelf of chocolates, a refrigerator drawer of cheeses, a cabinet just for party food and are reveling in feeling well-supplied!

While we miss the road, it's not like we're staying home. We seem to be going somewhere every weekend. We've been skiing, concert chasing, and had a mini swim vacation to Mexico. Plus, it has been a delight to really catch up with family and friends.

Oh, and one more gift has been that while we're staying put for now, we are still portable. Meaning, we are unplugged from Los Angeles traffic, and it is amazing how much less hectic our schedules are now that most of our work is done over the Internet. Just having the CHOICE is the best part!

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Will Gas Prices Kill Your Travel Plans?

Gas Prices With gas prices going up, travel can seem to be more expensive at the moment. But for Portable Lifestylers, this doesn't have to be a big deal since we tend to stay longer in a place before moving onward. Here are some ways to travel economically despite the changes.

1.   Rent economy. Rent hybrid. Use public transport.   Many rental car companies are putting in a bigger hybrid fleet while gas prices soar. They are also seeing more folks renting the gas-conservative economy cars. It may be worth it to hire a cab to get your bags to your lodging and then rent a smaller car that's more efficient on gas to get around. Or book a hybrid -- Prius's are ubiquitous in the U.S. and in Europe, you can rent a Smart Car.

It's also a great time to see a country where public transport abounds. Trains and metros are common in Europe and parts of Asia. And an island with no cars is not a bad idea. On Boracay Island in the Philippines, you must jump on a motorized "tricycle" or on the back of a bike to get around. Venice, Italy has no cars nor bicycles at all. Still, many resorts will provide a free shuttle to major island points. Another great spot, Indonesia's Gili Islands require you to rent a bike or catch a horse-drawn carriage to your destination.

2.   Go heavy on the deals.   Last-minute travel still is offering some huge savings, and if you subscribe to some of the popular Daily Deals, most now include travel deals that are pretty great. If you KNOW you want to go somewhere, go to Airfare Watchdog and set up a low fare alert from your city to that destination. You'll get an email when fares go down and off you go!

3.   Make up for more expensive travel with lower lodging costs.    To make up for lagging sales since the winter has been warmer and air fares steeper, lodging sales abound. You can get 4 star, all-inclusive for a pittance. We have never seen so many cut-rate packages. Sign up for Travelzoo's monthly Top 20, visit Liberty Travel and follow any resort or destination you're interested in on Twitter. Some Twitter recommendations are @travelzoo, @thePortableLife (us), @TravlandLeisure, @nytimestravel, @CNTraveler, @AP_Travel, & @vrdeals.

4.   Up the income.   Every day there are more opportunities to make more money, no matter what the economy is doing. There are some simple tweaks you can do to see a significant income increase. Tune into Kathryn's free call Become a 6 Figure Coach to find out how.

We hope you'll maintain your thirst for seeing the world, traveling at will and making money virtually. There is no reason to modify your dreams.

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6 Figure Coach



We hope you'll join Kathryn for this informative hour-long FREE live webinar on March 26th, 2012.
6 - 7pm PDT (Los Angeles); 7 - 8pm MDT (Denver); 8 - 9pm CDT (Chicago); 9 - 10pm EDT (New York);
*Tues 3/27: 2 - 3am (London); 12 - 1pm (Sydney)

In crafting your Portable Lifestyle, it is so important to lay in multiple income streams and go beyond the "time for money" paradigm from the get-go. It has never been easier to go global. This teleseminar will teach you how to think big and it inherently gives you some keys to having a successful virtual business that leaves you free to hit the road.

Anyone who participates in this teleseminar will get a gift at the end to reinforce what you learn on the call. To sign up, click here: http://www.kathrynalice.com/6figcoach.htm


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