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!
Jon & Kathryn
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A Portable Lifestyle's Unexpected Gifts
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. 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?
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
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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