TraveLiving: Creating Your Own Portable Lifestyle

Thursday August 23, 2018


Jon, Kathryn & Boys Snorkel
Enjoying the Shade after a Good Snorkel

Dear Fellow Traveler,

Hi there! We just got off a plane from Hawaii where we had a great time on the Big Island.

We tried to helicopter over the volcano, but the weather didn’t cooperate so we had to settle for seeing some lava vents and fresh lava fields. The air is fine on the Big Island particularly where we stayed which is on the Northwest side.

And as Hurricane Lane passes the Hawaiian archipelago, we can only send prayers and good vibes to those who remain on the islands. Still, we plan to return. That is for sure!

Have you thought of retiring early . . . and without a fixed income? Well, that’s what we’re in the process of doing.

Read on to find out how you, too, can automate and retire, no matter what you do!

Abundant Travels,
             Kathryn & Jon

Automating & Retiring with Unlimited Income

Cottage Boats We’re in the process of retiring! All of these years of being portable and becoming location independent – meaning we’ve traveled since 2007 with no need to be ...
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Hawaiian Big Island Report

Hawaii Shoreline We’re just returning from spending some time on the Big Island with friends. It was our first time at the Mauna Kea Resort. It seems like half of Malibu goes to stay ...
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Quick Tips (wherever you may roam)

Japan railpass Our new savior for wi-fi in a pinch is McDonald’s. We were traveling and had to jump on a super important conference call in the middle of nowhere. We had ...
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In this issue #45

Automating & Retiring with Unlimited Income

Cottage with Boats
 

We’re in the process of retiring! All of these years of being portable and becoming location independent – meaning we’ve traveled since 2007 with no need to be anywhere to make money – and now, we’re going to be even more free!

So what does this mean? It means automating our income flow with a sales process that works on its own coupled with downloadable products that are delivered automatically.

Plus having an assistant taking over much of our customer service, emails and other support entirely (they’re been doing this for a while – taking more and more of the load off of us).

We’ve been surprised at how easy this has been to do.

How can you automate and retire? It's surprisingly simple. Here are the basics.

  1. Whatever you do, set up a system to do it that doesn’t involve you having to be there. If you teach, make a series of videos or products to instruct without your having to be there. When we made our first CD (Releasing a Person) in 2004 based on a workshop that Kathryn was teaching in person, it was our first foray into this step.

  2. Set up a way to get the word out about your service that is systemized. This will involve some testing to find what works. We use Amazon and ads on Facebook and Google to get the word out about our products. As you test and find what works, you set up the system that will run without you. Yes, you have to check in from time to time, but the process doesn’t need much maintenance. You can find some great analysts that are reasonably-priced to test for you on Upwork.com.

  3. Set up customer support that doesn’t need your help. Get a quality VA (virtual assistant) and train them how to respond to emails, giving them templates, troubleshoot support issues and do anything tha requires an actual person to get involved.

  4. Test run your system to get it going smoothly. As it begins to work well & you smooth out the kinks, you can scale it, pouring in more money for greater income.

This is a great start. It’s of course more detailed than this, but if you follow these steps, you can retire early without being confined to a fixed income. And travel wherever and whenever you want.

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Hawaiian Big Island Report


Hawaii Shoreline We’re just returning from spending some time on the Big Island with friends.

It was our first time at the Mauna Kea Resort. It seems like half of Malibu goes to stay there, and they’ve been going for years and years. The resort was built in 1964.

Hawaii Spelunking In recent years, they’ve gone upscale, and we adored the paradise-like beach, the family atmosphere, the cush lounges, pool lunch service, seaside tennis course and many activities.

Rather than stay in the hotel, where we would have been stuck in two adjoining hotel rooms, we opted to rent a villa above the resort with a wrap-around balcony and 180 degree ocean views plus lots of space to spread out in.

Here are some fun activities to do on the Big Island:
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  1. Try to see the volcano, a once in a lifetime proposition. By air (helicopters, planes) and by sea (boat tour) are the best way to see the lava flow now that Volcano National Park is closed. We did find a secret way to drive close enough to see some of the volcano’s effects.

  2. Dolphin Breech
  3. Swim with the dolphins and turtles. We took a boat ride in the morning while wild dolphin were active and got to snorkel with them and also see huge turtles being cleaned by fish that ate the plankton off their backs. Super fun, and we highly recommend Action X tours for this with an all-female crew and organic, vegan lunch.

  4. Drive around the island. We rented a car for our whole trip, and our teen who doesn’t like the beach loved the rain forest, beating around historic towns and exploring the 10 different climates this one island houses.

  5. Laze around at the beach. We swam in the 80 degree ocean water daily, which is so healing. And lounged under umbrellas drinking virgin pina coladas and reading. We also built a few sand castles and played ball.

The Big Island looks like another planet with its black lava fields that are a must-see. The boys got a kick out of hiking down into a lava tube. And if you go a long way to get there, island-hopping is easy to do on commuter airlines. Maui is just 35 miles away.

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McD wifi

Quick Tips (wherever you may roam)

- Our new savior for wifi in a pinch is McDonald’s. We were traveling and had to jump on a super important conference call in the middle of nowhere. We had mapped a couple of places to try, but they were closed and McDonald’s saved the day. That has happened more than Starbucks wifi once. Starbucks and McDonald’s are our go-to’s for wifi in the sticks.

- When researching for travel, always click on the map you’ll see next to most listings. It will show you if it’s a good area, what’s around it and how to get there, too.

packing cubes - To pack less, stick to a color scheme. Ours is blue, and everything goes with everything so you don’t have to pack separate accessories for multiple colors.

packing cubes - It is often cheaper to buy travel passes and wifi plans before you arrive in a destination. For Japan, the first class rail pass was ½ what it was to buy once you arrived. And the same is true of the chip we bought for our unlocked phones. That particular chip gave us wifi all over Japan to use Google maps for directions, let Google translate tell the taxi driver in Japanese where to go and allowed us to book an Air BnB on the fly as well as make phone calls.

Villa St. Lucia - Look for the villas that usually go along with a major hotel. On the Big Island, we stayed at the villas of Mauna Lani for 1/3 of the price of two adjoining rooms. It was a 5 star, 2 bedroom, 2 bath with laundry, full kitchen and garage plus a killer view. We’ve talked about Villa Caribbean timeshares for years as a cheap lodging option, and sure enough, we could have gotten the same quality of villa for dirt cheap via Hilton Vacation Club options on Ebay for the sprawling Walokia resort that included access to the entire complex including water park. This was also true of the beautiful Mauna Lani resort. Villa rentals were very reasonable with access to their 5 star beach complex.

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