TraveLiving: Creating Your Own Portable Lifestyle

Friday 29th, September 2017


Cooling Down in Lake Havasu
Cooling down from waterskiing in 125°F weather on Lake Havasu, Arizona

Dear Fellow Traveler,

Sorry we have been out of touch for a bit.

Sometimes the Portable Lifetstyle™ gets so exciting, we forget to make time to report in.

But we’ve been taking notes and have so much to share with you!

So we’ll try to be in touch more often.

As I (Kathryn) write this, I’m on board a 12 hour flight to Tokyo. I’m trying out Delta’s comfort class on the way there and the newish Delta One (first class) on the way back.

I’ll report in about those once I’ve experienced them.

Read on to find out some of our latest discoveries with more to come!

Abundant Travels,
             Kathryn & Jon

Destination Spotlight

Boys in Bali One of our latest sojourns was to this island, where Kathryn taught one of her last ever intensive retreats, we stayed in 4 separate hotels ranging from business class to family ...   Read More >>

Phones in 2017

Make $ Online We were using phones heavily for business back before it was so easy to do so. Kathryn had a funny incident on the way to Aruba. She lost her iPhone, leaving it in first ...   Read More >>

Hurricane Season

Make $ Online We’ve been keeping in touch with our friends living in the U.S. Virgin Islands (where Kathryn used to live) after two powerful hurricanes slammed into them Caneel Bay Resort ...   Read More >>

Dirty Old Underwear

underwear We have to laugh at our Italian friend, Monica’s hilarious fix to traveling heavy. She saves dirty, holy underwear and packs it when she ...   Read More >>

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In this issue #40

Destination Spotlight: Aruba

Aruba View Family Mable Julian Pirate

 
One of our latest sojourns was to Aruba, where Kathryn taught one of her last ever intensive retreats, we stayed in 4 separate hotels ranging from business class to family-oriented and we had our usual tropical island nirvana.

We loved, loved, loved Aruba! It has got to be one of the top Caribbean islands we’ve been to, with the biggest drawback being the constant wind that makes it difficult to wear a hat.

The island is A+ when it comes to well-developed infrastructure and connectivity. It’s a perfect place to live as a Portable Lifestyler and one of the better Caribbean Islands to host a retreat or meeting.

Princess Beatrice was there while we were, and we’re happy to report that she stayed in our same business hotel, which felt validating that we found the best hotel on the island for that.

Our favorite kids hotel was the Marriott Surf Hotel due to its location on Palm Beach, one of the island’s best beaches. It was kid heaven with a lazy river, game rooms, constant fun activities, many pools and lots of water sports, too.

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Phones in 2017

Kathryn's iPhone

We were using phones heavily for business back before it was so easy to do so.

Kathryn had a funny incident on the way to Aruba. She lost her iPhone, leaving it in first class on Delta. We got the run-around on what had happened to it (they looked, thought they had it and then, did not have it).

Consequently, she was without a phone for 3 weeks. But thanks to Jon’s tech savvy coupled with the iPhone capacities, we put a lost trace on the phone remotely and the minute someone turned it on, we found out where it was (Brooklyn). Even though we put a lost phone message on it, no one came forward to return it.

Since we knew the last address where the phone was (using Find My iPhone), we sent someone to get it, and the people finally forked it over. Thank you, Apple!

Kathryn is very fond of hanging on to phones as long as possible and hates to upgrade due to the learning curve and transfer of data.

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Hurricane Season & the U.S. Territories

Rebuilding St. John We’ve been keeping in touch with our friends living in the U.S. Virgin Islands (where Kathryn used to live) after two powerful hurricanes slammed into them.

Caneel Bay Resort on St. John is basically destroyed and neither St. John nor St. Thomas have much power.

People are making do for the moment, and cruise lines that stop there are regularly bringing supplies. Most of our friends have stocked up for this, many have generators and are helping many other people on the island.

What will happen is what has happened every time a hurricane hits. Rebuilding more solid structures, strengthening the infrastructure and upgrading things that were tired and older.

For example, the old Yacht Haven was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in the 90’s. It was a fun, laid back hangout for sailors and boaters coming through with restaurants and casual island shopping, fun parties in the hotel lobby and open air bands. It was decimated in Andrew to be replaced by a 5 star upscale facility that housed bigger yachts and has proven a tremendous boon to the local economy.

Restaurants and hotels that flooded or were knocked down got replaced, as they do, and people went on.

We are sending our prayers and support to our friends there. The best place to give on the islands is a church a friend there recommended that is offering relief for many right now. Please consider donating to the St Thomas Reformed Church. They have organized some tremendous relief efforts for the community, and there are so many in need. Please click HERE to help immediately. Thank you!

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Dirty Old Underwear

underwear We have to laugh at our Italian friend, Monica’s hilarious fix to traveling heavy. She saves dirty, torn, holy underwear and packs it when she travels. She just discards it as she wears it, which works wonders in keeping the travel light. Not a bad idea to keep not just aging underwear but any clothing that is worn, wear it on the trip and then get rid of it.

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