7 Things I wish I Knew Sooner About Traveling

Kym Tolson, LCSW, Traveling TherapistBoss Biller đź™‚

7 things you may want to know about Traveling or starting out as a Digital Nomad...

Traveling is a great way to learn more about the world and yourself. It can be an amazing opportunity to explore new cultures and meet interesting people, but it can also be challenging. There are a few things that I wish I had known before I became a digital nomad, so I thought I would share them with you. Here are seven things that I wish I had known sooner about traveling.

1. Packing

Packing light is a great way to travel with greater freedom and flexibility. It forces you to be resourceful and creative in navigating different climates and styles, opening up exciting opportunities for adventure. If you're looking to shed a few pounds from your bag, simply start by bringing less of the obvious items like clothes, shoes, and technology; replace them with multi-purpose clothing layers that can take you from the beach to the hills effortlessly. Then get creative – leave those bulky guidebooks behind and look up recommendations online or source local information from knowledgeable locals instead. And don't forget: to pack an attitude of fun, smart adventuring.

2. Planning

Another thing I wish I knew sooner as a traveling therapist is an importance of planning ahead. I used to just wing it and hope for the best, but that often led to stressful situations. Now, I make sure to plan my trips in advance and to research my destination thoroughly. This allows me to relax and enjoy myself while I'm visiting a new place.

Traveling is an amazing experience, and there's no doubt that planning ahead will make your trip even better. Doing research on the destination of your choice and planning out your ultimate itinerary will give you the chance to make the most of your adventure and avoid any last-minute surprises. Make sure to book accommodations so you can stay close to all the sights and attractions you want to see, as well as find restaurants, shops, and other points of interest in the area.

Taking all this into account will definitely pay off in terms of having more fun while traveling. If you get creative, don't be afraid to ask around for helpful tips from locals or other travelers - it's pretty much guaranteed they'll have a few great suggestions!

3. Budgeting

Budgeting is another important aspect of traveling that I wish I knew sooner. I used to just spend whatever I wanted without thinking about it, but that led to some expensive mistakes. Now, I make sure to set a budget since I live as a digital nomad and try not to go too crazy on excursions in each new place we travel to. I try to stick to it as closely as possible. This has helped me save money and has allowed me to live as a digital nomad with ease.

Budget travel can seem intimidating, but when done right it doesn't have to be a daunting task. Start by researching low-cost ways to get from point A to point B that avoid tourist traps. Once you reach your destination, ditch the expensive hotels. Instead, take advantage of rental homes or room-sharing sites - not only will you still get quality accommodations, but you'll also experience local culture and hospitality. Be sure to take time for free activities like walking tours or museum visits (many offer free days). And lastly, when eating out try some of the street food - not only is it more budget-friendly but it's usually some of the best cuisine available!

4. Communication

Communication is key when traveling, and there have been many times where I wished I had known this sooner. There have been times when I have not been able to communicate with locals due to language barriers, and this has led to some frustrating situations. Now, I make sure to learn some basic phrases in the local language before each trip. This has made communication much easier and has allowed me to have more positive experiences while traveling.

As technology continues to advance, the way we connect and communicate with people around the world is changing drastically. Communication apps are an incredibly useful tool for anyone wanting to connect with someone in a foreign country. Whether it's a business manager checking in on employees overseas, or a traveler who wants to learn more about the language of the place they're visiting, communication apps can help bridge distances and create immersive connections across cultures.

With ever-improving voice recognition features and translation services, these apps make it easier than ever to break down any language barrier - opening up countless possibilities for everyone from curious explorers to cultural experts. It's no wonder that communication apps are increasingly becoming one of the smartest and most fun ways to adventure abroad!

5. Culture Shock

Culture shock is something that can be difficult to deal with when traveling, and I wish I had known about it sooner. Culture shock is the feeling of disorientation that can occur when someone is exposed to a new culture or way of life. It can be overwhelming and can lead to feelings of homesickness or anxiety.

When it comes to taking on a new culture and immersing oneself in unfamiliar territory, the key is to embrace it all with an open mind. Take a fun and adventurous approach while allowing yourself space to explore and grow - mentally, physically, socially, and culturally. Learn as many of the local customs as possible, engage in conversations with locals or other travelers who share your interest in the area, try out new activities that are specific to the culture you are encountering.

Celebrate your differences but also take comfort in what ties us all together - equality, kindness, and appreciation for different perspectives. Openly experiencing unfamiliar cultures can be both an exciting and rewarding experience if approached with the right attitude.

6. Jet Lag

Jet lag is another common problem that travelers face, and it can be very difficult to deal with if you don't know what you're doing. Jet lag is caused by a disruption in your body's natural sleep cycle, and it can lead to fatigue, insomnia, irritability, and other symptoms. Now, I know what to expect with jet lag and how to deal with it, so it is no longer a problem for me when traveling.

Battling jetlag can be an annoying but inevitable part of going on long-distance trips. But, with a few smart tips, jetlag doesn't have to ruin your vacation. For example, plan ahead and adjust to the time zone of your destination well before takeoff. Going to bed and waking up at the scheduled time of your destination will help you ease into adjusting quickly. Additionally, while on board the plane, drink plenty of water before and during the flight, move around often (use time differences to get creative), and when you finally reach your destination take some time to relax. Last but not least have fun! Jetlag won't stop you from enjoying all the sites and places that await you - so get ready for a wild adventure!

7. Meet People

When you're traveling, take the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world. You'll never know who you'll meet or where they'll come from, so it's always interesting (and fun!) to chat with people from different cultures.

Exploring a foreign country is always an exciting adventure, one that can be even more rewarding if you know how to meet people. Making local friends is the best way to really get in touch with a culture and its customs. The first step to meeting someone new is simply to say hello! Smile at those you pass on the street or greet your servers or shopkeepers—don’t worry about any language barriers; body language and friendly facial expressions go a long way. After that, try participating in organized events like festivals or classes, as well as attending hangouts in popular spots locals often visit such as cafes and parks. You never know whom you may wind up talking to next!

Traveling can be a great opportunity to learn about new cultures, meet new people, and explore different parts of the world. By embracing new cultures that come with traveling and preparing for jet lag, you can make the most out of your adventures. So get ready to pack your bags and explore some amazing new places!

How to Home-School Your Kids While You Travel Kym Tolson, LCSW, Traveling TherapistBoss Biller đź™‚

In The Traveling Therapist Course, I hear a similar echo amongst therapists who love to Travel. I wish I could, but I have these darn kids!

Are you a parent who loves to travel? Do you want to share your love of adventure with your kids and don't want to deal with the hassle of having to send them to school? Then home-schooling might be the perfect solution for you! Here's how you can home-school your kids while you travel.

Get organized before you leave.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row before you hit the road. That means having a solid plan for how you're going to keep your kids on track with their studies. I've interviewed quite a few families traveling with their kids. They recommend creating a daily schedule that includes time for academics as well as other activities like sightseeing and downtime. And don't forget to pack all of the necessary supplies, from textbooks to pencils and paper.

Get a Portable Whiteboard

One of the most essential tools for home-schooling on the go is a portable whiteboard. Keep the schedule for everyone to see here. This will allow you to keep your kids' attention focused on the lessons and agenda at hand, even if there are distractions all around them. Plus, it's a great way to make sure that everyone in the family is on the same page (literally!).

Invest in Some Good Quality Homeschooling Curriculum

There are many different homeschooling curriculum options available online and in stores. Do some research to find one that will work well for your family's needs. There are even some curriculum options specifically designed for traveling families! Like this one https://www.highschoolofamerica.com/homeschooling-for-travelling-families/ and this one https://www.organizedhomeschooler.com/how-to-homeschool-while-traveling/

Use Technology to Your Advantage

We live in a digital age, so there's no reason why you can't take advantage of technology to help with home-schooling while you travel. There are tons of great apps and websites that can help with everything from keeping track of assignments to providing educational content. Do some research before you leave so that you know what resources are available and how to use them effectively. Utilize these resources to supplement your child's education and keep them engaged in learning even when they're not in a traditional classroom setting.

Keep Things Flexible

One of the great things about homeschooling is that it doesn't have to be done from 9-5 every day. If you're traveling, take advantage of this flexibility and tailor your child's homeschooling schedule to fit your family's needs and lifestyle. This might mean doing schoolwork in the evenings or on weekends or even taking a few days off here and there to explore your surroundings. The important thing is that you're still providing your child with a quality education even though you're not following a traditional school schedule.

Take advantage of teachable moments. 

One of the great things about traveling is that it provides endless opportunities for learning experiences. So if you're ever feeling stumped about how to incorporate academics into your trip, just keep your eyes peeled for teachable moments. For example, if you're visiting a museum, take some time to discuss the history or artwork with your kids. Or if you're hiking through a nature preserve, talk about the different plants and animals you see along the way. There are countless ways to turn everyday experiences into learning opportunities, so get creative!

Home-schooling can be a great way to give your kids a quality education while still being able to travel and explore the world as a family. With a little bit of planning and preparation, it can be easier than you think! Just remember to pack plenty of supplies, invest in a good curriculum, utilize technology, and keep things flexible. With these tips, you'll be well on your way to successfully home-schooling your kids while you travel. Check out this episode of The Traveling Therapist. A Year in A Travel Trailer with The Rambling Rumboughs a Family of Four. https://thetravelingtherapist.com/episode/46-a-year-in-a-travel-trailer-the-rambling-rumbaughs-family-of-4-with-james-and-liz-rumbaugh/

If you're a Traveling Therapist, packing for your next trip is probably one of your least favorite things to do. After all, who wants to spend hours trying to figure out how to fit everything they need into one small suitcase? But don't worry, we've got you covered. 10 Packing Hacks Every Traveling Therapist Needs to Know by Kym Tolson, The Traveling Therapist!

Here are 10 packing hacks that every Traveling Therapist needs to know.

1. Use Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are an essential tool for any traveling therapist. They help you stay organized and make it easy to find what you need while you're on the go. Plus, they'll save you a lot of space in your suitcase. This is really helpful because it can be hard to find things when everything is all mixed up.

2. Roll Your Clothes Instead of Folding Them

If you want to save space in your suitcase, roll your clothes instead of folding them. This will also help prevent wrinkles.

3. Invest in a Good Travel Backpack or Suitcase

A good quality backpack or suitcase is worth its weight in gold when you're a Traveling Therapist. You'll be spending a lot of time lugging your belongings around, so make sure you invest in something that's comfortable and durable.

4. Pack Lightweight and Versatile Clothing Items

When you're packing for a trip, focus on bringing clothing items that are lightweight and versatile. This way, you can mix and match items to create different looks without having to pack a lot of extra clothes.

5. Only Pack the Essentials

When it comes to packing for a trip, less is always more. Only pack the essentials so that you don't have to carry around more than you need.

6. Make Use of Empty Space in Your Bag

Don't let empty space go to waste! Use it to store smaller items like socks, underwear, and toiletries. This will help maximize the space in your bag so that you can fit more in.

7. Use a Scarf or Sarong as a Blanket or Pillow

A scarf or sarong can be used as a blanket or pillow when you're traveling. This is especially useful if you're trying to save space in your bag.

8. Wear Your heaviest Clothing Items on the Plane

To save space in your suitcase, wear your heaviest clothing items on the plane. This will also help keep you warm during those long flights!

9. Pack Dual-purpose Items Whenever Possible

When packing for a trip, try finding items with multiple uses. For example, a sarong can be used as a scarf, blanket, or towel; and dryer sheets can be used as air fresheners or static guards.

10 . Do a Final sweep Before Leaving

Before leaving for your trip, do a final sweep of your room or house to make sure you haven't forgotten anything important. Conclusion: These are just some of the many packing hacks that every digital nomad needs to know. By following these tips, you'll be able to save space, stay organized, and make sure you don't forget anything important.

Digital nomads know the importance of packing light and efficiency. These 10 hacks will help you fit everything you need into your luggage without sacrificing comfort or function. Use them on your next trip and enjoy a worry-free travel experience! So what are you waiting for? Start packing!

Here are my packing cubes! Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet? I made a video about these tips as well. Check it out here!!

When you're on the road, staying connected is important. Whether you're checking in with family back home or keeping up with work, having a reliable WiFi connection is a must. Oftentimes, for the average traveler, wifi will be available in your hotel or Airbnb, but for RV'ers and other long-term travelers, you may need more advanced options. The Best WiFi Options for Travelers by Kym Tolson, The Traveling Therapist!

The Best WiFi Options for Travelers.

The Best WiFi Options for Travelers

I get asked about wifi all the time! Well, being a Traveling Therapist/digital nomad, I rely heavily on having great internet access. Here are three wifi options I get asked about all the time. With so many options out there, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. In this blog post, we'll compare and contrast three different WiFi options—Starlink, Must-have-mobile, and Solis Skyroam—to help you decide which one is the best for your needs.

Must-have-mobile:

Must-have-mobile is a mobile hotspot that uses the cellular data network to provide Internet access. One advantage of Must-have-mobile is that it's very affordable. Additionally, because it uses the cellular data network, it's not impacted by weather conditions like some other types of Internet service can be. However, one downside of Must-have-mobile is that the speed of the connection can vary depending on the strength of the cellular signal.

Must-have-mobile is a great option for travelers who want to be able to use their phone as a hotspot. With Must-have-mobile, you can connect up to 10 devices at once, making it perfect for families or groups who want to be able to stay connected while they're on the go.

Starlink:

Starlink is a satellite-based Internet service that provides high-speed broadband Internet to users in remote locations. Because it doesn't rely on traditional ground-based infrastructure, it's great for users in rural areas who might not have access to other forms of high-speed Internet. Another advantage of Starlink is that it's not impacted by weather conditions like other types of Internet service can be.

Starlink is a global satellite network that provides high-speed internet anywhere in the world. No matter where you are, as long as there's an unobstructed view of the sky, you'll be able to get online. Starlink is perfect for travelers who need to be able to stay connected no matter where they are. However, one downside of Starlink is that it requires a dish installation, which can be costly.

Solis Skyroam:

Solis Skyroam is a portable WiFi hotspot that uses the cellular data network to provide Internet access. One advantage of Solis Skyroam is that it's very convenient—it's small and easy to take with you wherever you go. Additionally, because it uses the cellular data network, it's not impacted by weather conditions like some other types of Internet service can be.

Solis Skyroam is a small, portable WiFi device that gives you high-speed internet anywhere in the world. SkyroamSolus has both data and power options, so you can stay connected even if there's no outlet available. Plus, with unlimited data, you'll never have to worry about going over your limit. 

However, one downside of Solis Skyroam is that the speed of the connection can vary depending on the strength of the cellular signal.

Conclusion:

There are a lot of different WiFi options out there, and choosing the right one for you can be tricky. In this blog post, we compared and contrasted three different WiFi options—Starlink, Must-have-mobile, and Solis Skyroam—to help you decide which one is the best for your needs.

Starlink is a great option for users in rural areas who might not have access to other forms of high-speed Internet. Must-have-mobile is an affordable option that's great for users who need a reliable connection. And Solis Skyroam is a convenient option that's perfect for travelers who need to stay connected on the go. No matter which option you choose, you can't go wrong!

When it comes to choosing the right WiFi option for your travels, it really depends on what your needs are. If you need to be able to stay connected no matter where you are in the world, Starlink is a great option. If you want to use your phone as a hotspot and connect multiple devices at once, Must-have-mobile is a good choice. And if you need a portable WiFi device that doesn't require an outlet, Solis Skyroam is a great option. No matter what your needs are, there's a WiFi option out there that's perfect for you.

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Traveling can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be! There are plenty of ways to save money while you're on the road. In this blog post, we'll give you 5 tips to save money on hotels and Airbnbs. Keep reading to learn more! by Kym Tolson, The Traveling Therapist!

5 Tips to Save Money on Airbnbs and Hotels

Join a Travel Club, Membership Programs, and Enroll in Loyalty Rewards Programs

If you travel frequently for work or pleasure, consider joining a travel club or membership program. These memberships often offer discounts on hotels and Airbnbs, as well as access to exclusive deals and perks. Doing your research ahead of time can help you decide which program is right for you and your travel needs.

A good travel club or membership can save you a lot of money on your next vacation. By joining a travel club, you can get access to exclusive deals and discounts that are not available to the general public. You can also save money by taking advantage of the club's bulk-buying power. In addition, many clubs offer members special perks, such as priority booking or concierge service. When choosing a travel club, be sure to compare the costs and benefits of various clubs to find one that best suits your needs. With a little research, you can find a travel club that will help you save money and make your next vacation even more enjoyable.

Book in Advance

If you know your travel dates well in advance, start looking for deals early! Many hotels and Airbnbs offer early booking discounts of up to 10-15%. This can add up to significant savings, especially if you're traveling for an extended period of time.

When it comes to booking a vacation, timing is everything. Depending on your destination and the time of year you travel, you can save (or spend) a small fortune simply by choosing the right date. For instance, flights to Europe are typically cheaper in the fall, when tourism is down. By contrast, rates for hotels and rental cars tend to be higher during peak travel periods like summer and winter break. So if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, it pays to do your research. With a little planning, you can take advantage of off-peak prices and avoid the tourist crowds at the same time. Bon, voyage!

Compare Prices

Don't just book the first room or Airbnb that you come across. Take some time to compare prices across different websites and platforms. You may be surprised at the differences in cost between different options.

When it comes to booking travel plans, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, start by considering your travel dates. Are you flexible, or do you have specific dates in mind? If you're flexible, you may have more options when it comes to finding deals.

Once you've considered your travel dates, the next step is to start comparing prices on different travel sites. This can be a bit tricky, as some sites may show different prices for the same flights or hotels. To get around this, try using a site like TripAdvisor that shows prices from multiple travel sites in one place. You can also set up price alerts on sites like Kayak, so you'll be notified if the price of your desired flight or hotel room drops. By following these tips, you can be sure to find the best possible price on your next trip.

Ask For Discounts

Anyone who's ever booked a vacation knows that the price tag can be pretty steep. But there are a few ways to get around that. First, always ask for a discount. You'd be surprised how often you can get one just by asking. Second, try to book during off-peak times. Traveling during the shoulder season or midweek can often save you money. Third, take advantage of loyalty programs. If you're a member of a hotel's loyalty program, you may be able to get a discount on your stay.

Don't be afraid to ask for a discount! If you're a AAA member or have a special promo code, be sure to mention it when you're booking your room or Airbnb. You never know how much you could save just by asking. Did you know you can apply for AARP at the age of twenty now? I'm a member and get Hilton discounts and a discount on my At&T cell service.

If you're flexible with your travel dates or destination, you may be able to get a better deal. So next time you're looking to save some money on travel, keep these tips in mind. You may just find yourself with a little extra cash in your pocket.

Look for Last-Minute Deals

If you're flexible with your travel dates, you can often find great last-minute deals on hotel rooms and Airbnbs. This is because many people book their travel well in advance, leaving some availability for those who are willing to take their chances with last-minute bookings. Keep an eye out for these deals, but be aware that they may not always be available.

For the savvy traveler, there are many ways to find last-minute deals on travel. One of the best ways is to search for discounts on sites like Expedia or Travelocity. You can also sign up for newsletters from airlines or travel agencies, which will often offer special deals to subscribers. Another option is to contact a travel agent, who may have access to unpublished fares and discounts. And of course, it's always worth checking with the airline or hotel directly, as they may offer special rates for last-minute bookings. With a little effort, it's easy to find amazing deals on travel, even at the eleventh hour.

Conclusion

Keep in mind these 5 Tips to Save Money on Airbnbs and Hotels next time you're booking a hotel or Airbnb and you're sure to save yourself some money! Do you have any other tips on how to save money while traveling? Share them in the comments below or hop over to the Traveling Therapist Facebook Group and let us know there! Safe travels!

Why Bar Harbor is the Perfect Destination for Traveling Therapists Kym Tolson, LCSW, Traveling TherapistBoss Biller đź™‚

Find out how this beautiful town of Bar harbor makes for an ideal early fall escape.

Visiting Bar Harbor

When I was planning my trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, I wasn't sure what to expect. I've never been to Maine and all I knew was that Bar Harbor was a small town on an island off the coast of Maine. I was curious about what the island would be like, and if there would be enough to do there to keep me entertained for a week. The town is situated on Mount Desert Island and is home to Acadia National Park.

And I wasn't disappointed – Bar Harbor is an absolutely beautiful town, complete with rocky coastlines, quaint streets, and plenty of seafood restaurants. The town's name comes from the sand bar that is exposed at low tide, which forms a natural harbor for boats. The sand bar was used by the Native Americans who lived in the area, and later by European settlers. One of my favorite activities was hiking across the Bar Harbor trail, which provides amazing views of the harbor and ocean, and is only accessible at low tide. Don't get stuck on the wrong side of the Bar!!

Where We Stayed

As anyone who's ever stayed in an Airbnb knows, there's always a bit of a gamble involved. Will the pictures be accurate? Will the host be friendly? Will the place be clean? But every once in a while, you get lucky.

And that's exactly what happened when we rented a log cabin in the woods for our time there. The pictures were accurate, the host was friendly, the place was clean, and the wifi was excellent. But what they didn't show in the pictures was how cozy and charming the cabin would be. With its log walls and stone fireplace, it felt like we had stepped into a fairytale. And the best part was that it was located right in the heart of nature.

One of the highlights of Bar Harbor was the lobster rolls. As a self-proclaimed seafood lover, I couldn't get enough of these delicious sandwiches, which can be found at almost every restaurant in town. Having celiac disease makes it a little more difficult to find gluten-free lobster rolls, but don't worry, I found quite a few places that could accommodate. My favorite was Side Street cafe.

Acadia National Park

Another, amazing part of Bar Harbor was Acadia National Park. It's one of the most popular national parks in the United States. The park covers an area of over 47,000 acres and includes several different ecosystems, such as forests, mountains, and coastal areas.

The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, moose, bears, and coyotes. Acadia National Park is also a popular destination for hiking, camping, and fishing. In addition to its natural beauty, the park also includes several historic sites, such as the oldest lighthouse in the United States. One of our favorite hikes was up Cadillac Mountain. The views from the top were incredible!

One day, we rented e-bikes and road them 25 miles all through Acadia on the carriage trails! We had a great time, and the bikes were a blast. They were easy to ride and really helped us see the sights and conquer the hilly roads. We would definitely recommend renting e-bikes if you're looking for a fun way to see Acadia.

Conclusion

All in all, it was a great trip and I would definitely recommend Bar Harbor to anyone looking for an early fall escape. If you're ever in the area, do yourself a favor and check out Bar Harbor. The lobster rolls are divine, the hiking is beautiful, and the scenery will take your breath away. Acadia National Park is definitely worth a visit if you love nature and outdoor activities - I promise you won't be disappointed!

Find out why this vibrant tourist destination makes an ideal location for a traveling therapist. Kym Tolson, LCSW, Traveling TherapistBoss Biller đź™‚

Niagara Falls is a great place to visit as a digital nomad. There are plenty of things to see and do, and the scenery is stunning.

Many people believe that Niagara Falls is entirely located within the United States. However, this is not the case! Niagara Falls actually consists of two waterfalls: the American Falls and the Canadian Falls. While the American Falls are located entirely within the US, the Canadian Falls are located partially in Canada and partially in the US.

As a result, when people visit Niagara Falls, they are actually visiting two different countries! Interestingly, the Canadian side of the falls is considered to be more scenic than the American side. So, if you're looking for a truly picturesque experience, you'll need to make sure to visit both sides of the falls. (Here's a TikTok I made about my trip to Niagara

https://www.tiktok.com/@thetravelingtherapist/video/7137887390735142186?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=6984025143391602182)

Viewing the falls from above was breathtaking. The vastness of the landscape was awe-inspiring. Below, the falls were just as spectacular. The water was crashing down with such force that it was amazing to watch. From Canada, we had a different perspective of the falls. We could see the entire falls and all the different levels. It was incredible. By boat, we were able to get up close and personal with the falls. The water sprayed us and we got soaked, but it was worth it.

Underneath the falls was an experience I will never forget. The noise was deafening and the water was so powerful that it took my breath away. Overall, viewing the falls from all these different vantage points was an amazing experience.

Ken's mom visited while we were there and we had a girl's day out! We got up early and walked across The Rainbow Bridge into Ontario. We decided to walk across the rainbow bridge into Canada because it seemed like a lot more fun than driving and there were no lines to get through customs.

After that, we took a taxi to Niagra on the Lakes. We did some shopping, tasted some local wines, and had lunch at two different places. It was a lot of fun! Ken's mom is great company and I'm so glad we got to spend some time together.

Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your trip:

Find a good place to stay.

Niagara Falls is a popular tourist destination, so there are plenty of accommodation options available. You can find everything from budget hostels to luxury hotels. But if you want to save money, you might want to try Airbnb. We pretty much live exclusively in Airbnbs at this point. You can often find great deals on accommodation, and you'll have the opportunity to stay in a more unique setting than a traditional hotel. Plus, Airbnb offers guests the chance to interact with their hosts, which can add an extra layer of fun to your trip. So if you're looking for a budget-friendly option for your Niagara Falls vacation, be sure to check out Airbnb.

We stayed in an Airbnb, a three-story house, that was about a 10-minute walk to the falls. The house had been restored, and it was clear that a lot of care had gone into making it look just like it did when it was first built. But despite its age, the house was very comfortable, and we quickly began to feel at home. We even made friends with the owners of the house, who told us all about the history of the area.

Get out and explore.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Niagara Falls. Be sure to check out the falls themselves, as well as the local restaurants and parks.

We went to Cave of the Winds and got soaked! It was so much fun. We got to walk behind a waterfall and feel the mist on our faces.

The Maid of the Mist boat tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Niagara Falls. The tour takes you right up to the base of the falls, where you can feel the power of the water and see the mist rising up from the bottom. The Maid of the Mist has been operating since 1846, and it is one of the longest-running tourist attractions in North America. The tour is a great way to see the falls up close, and it is also a great way to cool off on a hot day

Both tours are definitely worth taking if you are visiting Niagara Falls.

Take time to relax.

Niagara Falls can be a busy place, so be sure to take some time to relax and enjoy the scenery. There are plenty of parks and green spaces where you can sit back and take it all in. We took a lovely hike through Whirlpool Park. The weather was perfect for hiking, and the scenery was breathtaking. We saw amazing rock formations, and we even got to see a whirlpool in action. It was a great way to spend a day, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great hiking trail.

Have you seen The Experts' Guide to Becoming a Traveling Therapist? Check it out here.

To guide you through this magnificent state, I've compiled a list of the best day trips if you're staying in a central location in Vermont. So pack your bags! It's time to head north! Kym Tolson, LCSW, Traveling Therapist, Boss Biller 🙂

If you're looking for an amazing place to visit, Vermont is the place to be! Particularly in late August. With stunning mountain views and plenty of outdoor activities, there's something for everyone in this beautiful state. In this blog post, we'll explore 5 of the best Vermont day trips, from scenic drives to gluten-free breweries. So pack your bags and get ready for some unforgettable memories!

While Vermont is known for its abundance of natural beauty, one of the unexpected highlights of our trip was the town of Cambridge. This small town had everything we needed, from a general store to a local wine shop to a salon. However, the most surprising find was the gluten-free brewery, Red Leaf Gluten Free Brewing. For someone with celiac disease, this was an amazing discovery and a welcome change from the usual options. The beer was delicious, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this hidden gem to anyone visiting Cambridge. Thanks for the great beer!

Hiking Trails on Almost Every Road

If you're looking for a beautiful, nature-filled hike, Vermont is the place to be. You can find a hiking trail off almost every road in this picturesque state. Whether you're looking for an easy stroll or a challenging hike, Vermont's got you covered. Some of our favorite trails include the Waterbury Falls Trail, Brewsters River Gorge Trail in Jeffersonville, and the Eagle Ridge Trail in Stowe. So strap on your hiking boots and get ready to explore all that Vermont has to offer!

Exploring Burlington

Burlington, Vermont is a charming city with plenty of activities to keep you busy. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day by the lake or a night out on the town, Burlington has something for everyone. Some of our favorite Burlington activities include browsing the local art galleries, taking a walk down Church Street, and visiting the Burlington Farmers' Market. So be sure to add Burlington to your list of places to visit in Vermont!

Exploring Stowe

If you're looking for a beautiful mountain town to explore, look no further than Stowe, Vermont. With plenty of charming shops and restaurants, as well as stunning mountain views, Stowe is a must-visit destination in Vermont. Some of our favorite things to do in Stowe include hiking the trails at Mt. Mansfield, biking the scenic roads, and relaxing in the Green Mountain National Forest. So be sure to put Stowe on your list of places to visit in Vermont!

Driving over The Notch from Smugglers Notch to get to Stowe

The drive from Smugglers Notch to Stowe is definitely worth the trip! The Notch is a winding mountain road that offers stunning views of the countryside. If you're looking for a scenic drive, The Notch is the route to take. And once you reach Stowe, you'll find even more amazing mountain views and plenty of activities to keep you busy. So don't miss out on this amazing Vermont adventure!

Checking out Montpelier

If you're looking for a charming little city to explore, be sure to check out Montpelier, Vermont. With plenty of restaurants, shops, and attractions, Montpelier is a great place to spend the day. Some of our favorite things to do in Montpelier included roaming the city streets and cute shops, exploring the local art galleries, and having a great big plate of nachos at Julio's! So be sure to add Montpelier to your list of places to visit in Vermont!

Walking along Lake Champlain

If you're looking for a beautiful scenic drive, be sure to check out Lake Champlain. This massive lake offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside, and it's the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Some of our favorite things to do along Lake Champlain include taking a walk along the shoreline, visiting the state parks, and relaxing on the beach. So if you're looking for a beautiful place to spend a day or two, be sure to check out Lake Champlain!

So there you have it, my list of six Vermont adventures that are sure to please. From scenic drives and hikes to charming towns and gluten-free breweries, Vermont has something for everyone. So be sure to add Vermont to your list of places to visit! Thanks for reading!

Burlington | Stowe | Waterbury | Montpelier

My First 30 Days As A Digital Nomad Kym Tolson, LCSW, Traveling Therapist, Boss Biller 🙂

My first 30 days as a digital nomad. It’s been one month since we (my BF and I)left our home and become digital nomads. It's been quite a journey! We've really had to do some adjusting. A lot of crazy things have happened. It's almost felt like the universe was working against us for a while.

Just yesterday the car that we're driving basically started making this loud squealing noise. And we were like, oh my gosh, because the Airbnb we're in right now, we have to leave tomorrow. And the next Airbnb is eight hours away in Texas. And basically, we were like, oh my God, there's a problem with the car.

What are we going to do? We're going to have to put it in the shop? It's a BMW. Why did we buy a BMW? Apparently, you have to take it to a BMW dealer to get them to work on it. If it's a major issue. Oh, my gosh, the closest BMW place was 45 minutes from where we're staying right now. And their first appointment is on March 12th.

That tells you anything. It's March 2nd right now, just the first month as a digital nomad, so for the last 24 hours, I've been freaking out. Anyway. We ended up towing it to a local shop just to see if it was like just a little something. And it turns out it was! A rock got stuck between the dust plate and the rotor of the brake. And it was causing this really loud noise and it was $70 to get it fixed. Whew

And the rock was a tiny pebble. Anyway, thank God because I just can't! I don't even know how to deal with this situation. Our other car, is all the way in Fort Lauderdale and we're in Panama city beach right now. So it was just going to be a huge mess. So needless to say, I'm still trying to figure out the logistics of all this stuff.

Another thing I started to notice is, where am I actually, what day of the week is it? What is the time zone here? We're at Panama city beach right now and tomorrow we're getting up and we're heading to Galveston, Texas.

And then where are we going to go after that? Who know, so far we have Phoenix, Arizona, Scottsdale. The Inspirato membership I belong to has a property there. We're going to be staying there for 11 days in mid-April. It's at the Waldorf Astoria Biltmore, which sounds super fancy.  We're going to be there for 11 days and that's in Phoenix, Arizona, and there are lots of cool day trips from there that we're going to be doing! I’m really excited about that.

And for my journey the last month, I thought I'd tell you just a little bit about the ups and downs. We've had a lot of fun, but there's also been a lot of oh my gosh, are we making mistake doing this? Because it's just been it's a little bit tough, to be honest with you, just like not having all your stuff and moving from place to place and having to get adjusted to a new place that you're living in.

Like where are the pots and pans? How does the stove work? For example, the place we're in right now, the stove in it only works on hot, like really high. So I've almost burned everything I've cooked pretty much. So, it's just little things like that. Just constantly adjusting has been stressful and it's not something I really counted on.

But we've had a ton of fun too. Today, we both had a break for an hour and a half. We went for a walk on Panama city beach, which is gorgeous. We went just walking down the beach and it was sad to have to come back and do more work, but we've been getting a lot of fun excursions in which has been really fun. It's just exploring the town. I've really loved that aspect of the digital nomad lifestyle so far.

So just backing up to the beginning the first day when we left Hollywood where we were living, I was anxious. I was a little bit nervous. It was a little bit sad cause we'd been in that apartment for, two years. We woke up at 5:00 AM that day to finish our move and get everything perfect for the landlord. They had to come and do the walkthrough so we could get our damage deposit back, and all that good stuff.

We took our other car to a storage facility. We found a place where we can just pay a monthly fee and just keep the car there. We're not a hundred percent committed to this lifestyle yet and not quite ready to get rid of that second car.  

We don't know if we're going to want to go back to a permanent home and have two cars and do all that. So we're just paying for the storage right now. I think we're paying $150 a month to keep it at this storage unit place, which is right behind the Fort Lauderdale airport. Way.com is a good way to find long-term parking.

Just a little side note, apparently the woods right there where our car is parked is next to the customs office, and about, I don't know, I think they said 20 years ago, there was a problem at the customs office and a bunch of monkeys escaped. And basically, they escaped into the woods. And now the woods around this storage unit and around the Fort Lauderdale airport or are populated with these monkeys. I don't know what country they're from, but if you look closely in the woods, you can see them.

So the only thing we're worried about with our car right now is potentially getting damaged by monkeys. Just a little funny side note there. We got the car parked and left and we got in our little red convertible and we started driving.

So, this is just a little snapshot of my first month as a digital nomad. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments and advice if you’re already doing the digital nomad thing. The rest of our first month can be heard here on The Traveling Therapist Podcast... Episode 10!

Exloring Newport Beach: Kym Tolson, LCSW, Boss Biller, Traveling Therapist

The Resort

We stayed at The Resort at Pelican Hill, in the Villas. They are luxury villas located along the Pacific Coast in Newport Beach, California. We stayed there for 10 days, in December 2021, and it was fantastic.

This was an Inspirato property and it really was the epitome of style, sophistication, and a luxurious environment for any traveler. Our villa was beautifully decorated and had everything we needed during our stay! Two huge bedrooms with en-suite full bathrooms; each bedroom had huge soaking tubs. The gas-powered fireplace in the living room was certainly a highlight while we were there. As per Inspirato style, we were able to order our groceries ahead of time and the fridge was stocked when we got there. The property has a golf course, spa, pools, restaurants, and a nice gym. We would definitely stay again.

Points of Interest

The Resort at Pelican Hill is near Laguna Beach and many other prime spots to visit. There are lots of things to do like seeing the seals on the rocks up and down the coast or shopping the boutiques at Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach is a beautiful spot with lots of shopping and great restaurants to enjoy a meal. If you're looking for a relaxing beach town, this is it. It was a little chilly for us at an average temp of around 60 degrees most days, but still sunny and beautiful.

While you're visiting the Newport coast, take time to smell the sea air as you stroll through Lido Marina Village, with its long row of beach shops, charming eateries, and stylish hotels.

We hiked through Corona Del Mar, walking on cliffs that overlooked the waves crashing against the shore. We enjoyed lunch on a terraced patio overlooking the sparkling blue Pacific. We visited historic Crystal Cove State Park, where your feet will sink into the golden sand and there are adorable bungalows, you can rent for around $350 for a week or so. We also visited Balboa Island, which is a quieter area. We strolled through Balboa Island and walked down to Balboa Pier. There are seafood restaurants along the waterfront where you can eat outside and enjoy the calm ocean water.

Considerations For Therapists Working With Clients in California

Licensure regulations are always a consideration when working in different states. I've made three attempts to ask California if I can see my Virginia clients via telehealth. No one has answered. I've made attempts, documented my attempts, and went ahead and saw my clients while I was in CA. I've done a lot of research on this topic and most states have answered me, but there are a few that just haven't. Check out my free guide here to see the complete list I've accumulated so far. We were in a private residence with two bedrooms and the internet was secure and fast.I used headphones during my sessions and a VPN.

Eating!

One of the best highlights during our stay at Newport Beach was the eight-course tasing menu at Nobu. They were able to make the whole tasing menu gluten-free for me, which I need due to having Celiac disease. To find a tasting menu that is also gluten-free, in itself, already makes this magical meal for me! The menu changes frequently but here's what I had.

1. Vegetable Handroll with Sesame Miso Sauce
2. Bigeye and Bluefin Toro Tartare
3. Salmon sashimi with dried miso
4. Nigiri: flounder, scallops, and a few other pieces I'm not sure about.
5. Sashimi salad with Matsuhisa dressing
6. Black cod with miso
7. Ribeye Toban Yaki
8. Pistachio Mint Chocolate and Passionfruit Sorbet

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