TraveLiving: Creating Your Own Portable Lifestyle

Thursday 2nd, November 2017


Father & Son at CalJam 17
Jon & Jon-Jon Enjoy a Weekend at CalJam 17

Dear Fellow Traveler,

Wow! What a Fall.

With Autumn only one month in, we have already seen a lot of activity.

In addition to our regular daily routine of school, sports, piano lessons, glee club, family and pet time, we also:
• set aside time for a road trip to and camping at a brand
  new music festival;
• attended both a UCLA football game and a L.A. Kings
  hockey game;
• helped plan and host a large meet & greet for the arts
  programs at Julian's middle school;
• followed our home team Dodgers through the playoffs
  and one of the most exciting World Series' of all time
  (we're sad they lost, but congratulations Houston);
• attended at least 3 Halloween parties and,
• of course, the kids went out trick-or-treating.

Sometimes we are so busy that we end up with almost too much to share.

Read on for some enlightening thoughts on jet lag and airport grub as well as a report on the island of Grenada.

Abundant Travels,
             Kathryn & Jon

The Most Important Thing

Boys in Bali Our #1 way to circumvent jetlag is to try to stay awake the first day wherever you are and get a really a really good night’s sleep the first night you are in a new location ...   Read More >>

Grenada Report

Make $ Online We visited Grenada on a working trip earlier in the year. This island is part of the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean and is best known for a failed military coup that ...
Read More >>

Airport Food Is Getting Better

Make $ Online We think that airports are finally getting the memo that their food has been lacking. LAX, our home airport, now has satellite eateries for two of our very favorite restaurants ...   Read More >>

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In this issue #41

The Most Important Thing You Can Do on Your First Night of Travel

hotel-sleep

Our #1 way to circumvent jetlag is to try to stay awake the first day wherever you are and get a really a really good night’s sleep the first night you are in a new location.

This is not always easy, and we’re super jealous of Kathryn’s mother, who can basically sleep anywhere.

It’s challenging to feel at home in a new environment, and that is why in our Portable Lifestyle™ Primer, we give you a list of nesting ideas to make your new lodging feel like home as soon as possible. You can use the things you pack to help and spend just a few dollars to get yourself primed for sleeping deeply

  • Try to go to sleep when it’s night-time and everyone in your new locale goes to bed. That’s easier to do if you’ve forced yourself to stay up all day (no napping!)
  • We don’t recommend drugs but a sleeping pill here and there can help get you into your new time zone
  • One friend swears by half a Xanax but we’ve never gone that route
  • But have your comforts with you like ear plugs, eye mask if needed, either get a suite with blackout drapes or make the room dark (one resourceful Portable Lifestyler tapes black trash can bags over the windows), a book if you read yourself to sleep and a favorite pillow or blanket
  • Then, dim the lights, meditate if that can help to still your mind or think soothing thoughts til you drift off
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night, which is common in a new & unfamiliar environment, then don’t get all the way up and start doing things. Allow yourself to stay in bed to read or meditate until you drift off again

We’re trying to get you into a new rhythm. Research backs up the fact that if you can get that first good night sleep, the whole trip are improved and jetlag minimized.

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Grenada Report

Grenada


We visited Grenada on a working trip earlier in the year. This island is part of the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean and is best known for a failed military coup that the U.S. helped forestall in the 1980’s.

They also have a well-known medical school that is responsible for 60% of the island’s economy.

Grenada is not a well-developed island for tourism and we found the amenities somewhat limited, struggling to find much fine dining or tour companies to support us.

For that reason, Grenada is not top of our list to host any professional events.

However, it’s quiet enough that it’s an ideal retreat to get some work done while living the tropical lifestyle. It’s very quiet, now crowded, and the people there are lovely – friendly & warm. Grenada is hotter than some of the more Northern Caribbean islands like the Bahamas, due to its more Southern location.

It’s warm year-round, as is the ocean. The side of the island near the airport has the best beaches, and we hear a rumor that Beaches may take over a crumbling all-inclusive on Grenada, which is exciting. Beaches is our favorite family resort of all time (and the Turks & Caicos Beaches has been awarded Best Family Resort in the world several years in a row by Travel & Leisure magazine).

If you are bent on seeing every developed Caribbean island, Grenada is worth a look-see. And they have zero animal quarantine laws, so it’s a great place to bring your pet, too.

Beyond that, the beaches are not compelling enough nor the island developed enough for us to want to return.

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Airport Food Is Getting Better

Good Food We think that airports are finally getting the memo that their food has been lacking.

LAX, our home airport, now has satellite eateries for two of our very favorite restaurants.

Real Food Daily, a Los Angeles-based vegan restaurant that is Kathryn’s long time favorite now has an outpost in Terminal 4 and James Beach, a fave hangout when we lived 2 blocks from it in Venice, CA has an awesome branch now in the international terminal at LAX complete with amazing salads and free wifi.

We’ve noticed similar trends in other airports with local, established restaurants moving in.

We hope this trend continues. It will make a world of difference when you’re on the road.

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