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 🙂

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 🙂

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

Happy New Year!   🎉

As some of you Traveling Therapists may know, I transitioned out of my brick-and-mortar insurance-based private practice to an all-online insurance-based private practice back in 2018.  It was quite the transition, but I'm so glad I took the leap. Now, we are all accustomed to online therapy and I'm thrilled that it's becoming the norm.

Since that time, I've been able to travel the world and still see my clients. Yay!! COVID definitely slowed me down, but it hasn't stopped me.

On 2/2/22, my boyfriend and I will officially be digital nomads! Our lease ends that day; 2/2/22 - seems like a magical date to me! What do you think?  Who knows where we will end up? We will have no home base; we will live between Inspirato’s and Air BnB's. 


I spent New Year's Eve day at the beach, right in my own backyard, in Hollywood, Florida (pictured below). It was 80 degrees and the ocean was perfect. Hollywood was supposed to be a short stop back in 2020 when we moved here. COVID changed that. 🤦‍♀️ I feel sad to be leaving (it's so beautiful here), but, I'm also excited about our adventures to come. 

In 2022, one of my goals is to walk on a different beach every month of the year. 

This is such an amazing life; being able to live and work from anywhere.

In January; we’ll be in Key West for a while. 

February; Panama City Beach, Fl. 

March; I’ll be in Costa Rica with Megan Smith Gunnell from the Thriving Therapists Facebook group with 12 other
Thriving Therapists. 

April, not sure yet but I’m thinking we will be back in Miami, Del Ray, Boca, and Fort Lauderdale.

May, not really the beach, but I know I’ll be in Nashville with Ernesto Segismundo’s retreat and in Utah with Megan smith Gunnell's Thrive Retreat. 

June, we are definitely going to be in Big Sky Montana for a bit through an Inspirato property and then back to a beach.  Probably in Southern California along the Newport Coast. 

July, I’m cruising to Greece and Turkey with my mom.

I’m sure we will hit some beaches while we are there. 

That’s as far as I've planned! I’ll keep you posted on how it all plays out.

What beaches will you visit in 2022?

In 2022, I plan to share a podcast episode of The Traveling Therapist every single week!!

Yes! I started a Podcast. It launches today!
Check out the first episode here.
Also, sign up for The Traveling Therapist newsletter.

I'll let you know when new episodes are released, and I'll share great information about how to become a traveling therapist.

So Far, I've interviewed....

Addie who travels with her family in an RV.
Diana who is traveling through Mexico as we speak.
Kimberly who moved with her family to St. Croix.
Tamara Howell who discusses living and working in the UK.
RJ Martin and Michael Mandrino discuss health insurance for digital nomads domestic and international.

AND so much more!

In 2022, I also plan to launch The Traveling Therapist Course.

The Traveling Therapist Course is going to be epic!
Sign up for the newsletter to stay in the loop about the course as well.

What are your goals as a therapist and traveler in the new year?

Work and travel the world?
Want to expand your practice?
Go from a solo practice to a group practice?
Scale-up and start multiple income streams (like me? I have eight).
Start taking insurance for more referrals and to support more clients?
I’d love to hear your plans for the new year.

Cheers to you in 2022 🥂

I went with my mom to San Jose Del Cabo for 6 days. It's amazing how hard it is to get people to travel with you on a whim. lol! Mom is always good to go; lucky for me. I was suprised to learn there are actually two Cabo's! San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. San Jose is more laid back and San Lucas is more of a party town.

We actually ended up staying in two hotels while we were there. About a week before our trip, the first hotel emailed to say they were closing for three days (during our reservation) due to hurricane damage and they needed to do construction on our part of the hotel. 🤦‍♀️

Inspirato.com (the luxury travel club I belong to) thankfully intercepted the email and started working on a second hotel for us to stay in. Inspirato is really good about working with the hotel you'll be staying with. They communicate with the concierge there and persanally connect you with them. The first stay was at Viceroy Los Cabos https://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com. This place is straight out of Archetectual Digest. I'm not kidding. This was the view from our room.

Our second stay in San Jose Del Cabo was Hotel Ziva Hyatt which was an all-inclusive! Yay!! 🎉 Inspirato placed us there in a pinch. I really love an all inclusive.

If you want to talk to Inspirato and learn more, here is my referral link. http://inspirato.com/invite/KymTolson

Here is a spreadsheet I’m keeping about the costs of these trips if I wasn’t using Inspirato to stay in these luxury properties. https://docs.google.com/.../15It1WdvvtI3hEceOd4Ms.../edit...

💻 Internet Information For Seeing Clients In San Jose Del Cabo

Hotel: 

For the most part the hotel internet was excellent no problems. I made sure to use my VPN while seeing clients.

My straight talk wireless did not work in Mexico so I re-activated my Google FI connected phone. The cool thing about Google Fi is I can turn the service on and off when I need it. They have no contracts. Service was excellent with the Google fi. Close to 5G most of the time. I used that hotspot to have access to my personal phone while we were away from the resorts. This is my google Fi referral code if you want to check them out.

👨‍💻 Work and Seeing Clients In San Jose Del Cabo

I saw a handful of clients while I was there and did host training for my Bill Like A Boss membership.  Luckily, I prepared the speaker beforehand that I may lose connectivity. I’ll let her know that my zoom room is set to automatically make her the host with my connection dropped. That did happen for about five minutes during the presentation. She rolled with it and it was fine.

Here’s more about my membership if you’re interested in a supportive community that will help you DIY insurance billing in your private practice. https://privatepracticeinsurancebilling.com

📝 Licensing Issues

Not an issue on this trip. I checked and couldn’t find anything indicating it wasn’t ok to see clients while I was in Mexico.

🍱 Restaurant Recommendations

We ate mostly at the resorts and they were great about accommodating my gluten-free diet. I did get sick after eating teppanyaki one night at Ziva, but that was the only issue.

I must say, eating three meals a day at Viceroy was expensive. We were glad to transfer over to the all-inclusive, which did lead to Tequila shots at the pool bar in between aqua Zumba classes! 😂🤦‍♀️🤪

🚲 Highlights

Top Two Excursions

Camel Rides on the beach

Sailing/snorkeling trip - Medano Bay - Arch of Cabo - the Beach of Love and snorkeling.

Also of note:

~Exploring an eco-farm. Leaning how that change camel poop into paper!!

~Aqua Zumba in the pool at Ziva

~Tequila tastings. I never new there were so many different flavors of Tequila.

~At least 4 random whale sightings.

~Dia De Los Muertos celebrations.

🚙 Lowlights

~I was bit by “sea fleas” 😳 on the snorkeling trip.

~Where we stayed, The Sea of Cortes, was too rough to swim. They actually said you were not allowed due to the strong current. Beautiful, but a bummer since I love to swim in the ocean.

💰 Tips and tricks.

- I used miles from this credit card and my round trip flight and baggage was free. 😍 I was also able to use the United Club Room on my layover due to having two free passes from my credit card. Those club rooms are awesome!

-When you get to the airport ask for the taxi service that is the “shuttle”. I paid $14 for it. My mom arrived two hours earlier than me and was scammed by a timeshare company and ended up paying $50 and had to comit to a time share tour. 🤦‍♀️ I got her money back later the next day.

-I did exchange dollars for pesos at the airport, but I really didn’t need to. Everywhere took my credit card and US dollars.

-The Pharmacia's have a lot of the medications you need rx’s for in the US. We got a couple of great deals!

Adventures in Vail, Kym Tolson

We had great adventures in Vail, Colorado! I went with Ken, my BF, for 6 days. Is it weird to sit at a bar hooked up to oxygen and drink wine at the same time?!? It felt strange at the time, but also really kinda fun! Especially after a gorgeous hike to the top of Bald Mountain!

Adventures In Vail
Oxygen Bar SonnelAlp Hotel

Our hotel was in the center of town in Vail. We stayed in the Sonnenalp resort and it was gorgeous! The backyard is really the best part with indoor and outdoor hot tubs, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool right on the river that ran through the town of Vail. Hiking in such a high elevation really does take a toll on you. The Sonnenalp had a very cool oxygen bar right in the spa.

The was an inspirato.com trip (my luxury travel club) and we stayed at https://sonnenalp.com/

If you want to talk to Inspirato and learn more, here is my referral link. http://inspirato.com/invite/KymTolson

Here is a spreadsheet I’m keeping about the costs of these trips if I wasn’t using Inspirato to stay in these luxury properties.

🚲 Top 5 Activities For the Fall

~Hiking Constantly

~Hot Tubs and Indoor/outdoor pools

~Oxygen Bars

~October fest (in September 🤷‍♀️)

~ Betty Ford’s Alpine garden

💻 Internet

Hotel:  The hotel's internet was excellent. Also, I used my phone hotspot with no problems around town. 

👨‍💻 Work

I saw a handful of clients while I was there and did a lot of work on my new billing course for Virtual Assistants.  If you know a VA that wants to learn billing here’s the link to the waitlist. https://www.subscribepage.com/vabillingcoursewaitlist

I worked from a huge closet in the room on an ironing board. 😜

📝 Licensing Issues

Not an issue this trip, but, I did do my due diligence and checked with Colorado, just in case. Colorado allows me to practice in their state while seeing Virginia clients.

“Greetings,   Thank you for contacting the Colorado Mental Health Board at Department of Regulatory Agencies, where consumer protection is our mission. Below is the Teletherapy Policy for your review. This policy applies only to Mental Health professionals listed, certified, registered, or licensed, and treating clients within the State of Colorado. Please note that you would need to confirm with the rules in your state. You may review the policy in its entirety on the Board and Programs website.  Follow the link for the correct Board and click on Laws, Rules, and Policies.  link: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/boards_programs    30-1 Teletherapy Policy – guidance regarding psychotherapy - through electronic means within the State of Colorado. This policy applies only to Mental Health professionals listed, certified, registered, or licensed, and treating clients within the State of Colorado. When listed, certified, registered, or licensed and treating clients within the State of Colorado, it is at the discretion of the mental health professional as to the type of modality of treatment format that is appropriate for the client. Regardless of the modality chosen, the mental health professional must comply with all provisions as outlined in the Mental Health Practice Act, Title 12 Article 245.   It is recommended that the initial therapeutic contact be in person and adequate to provide a conclusive diagnosis and therapeutic treatment plan prior to implementing any psychotherapy through electronic means. The mental health professional is expected to establish an ongoing therapeutic relationship including face-to-face visits on a periodic basis thereafter”

🍱 Restaurant Recommendations

We found quite a few great restaurants by using my Find Me Gluten Free app (due to my celiac disease). I would recommend El Segundo, Bully Ranch, Alpine Rose

Slope room, Moe’s barbecue in Lions Head,

Ludwig’s breakfast. Inspirato has a lounge in town with a free happy hour with drinks, snacks and a business center.

🚙 Lowlights

~the altitude made it tougher to hike

~the Gondola rides did not run during the week only on the weekends so we weren’t able to partake. 

💰 Tips and tricks.

I used miles from this credit card and my round trip flight and baggage were free. 😍

Seattle & Alaska - Norweigan Cruise

I went with my mom for 10 days. Two days in Seattle and eight days on a Norwegian Cruise through Alaska. 

The Thompson Hotel Seattle Washington is a luxurious hotel with a view of the Puget Sound and one block from Pike Market. The location was amazing. The hotel was an inspirato.com property. We could walk everywhere and had a lot of fun exploring Seattle. One day, I rented one of the scooters randomly scattered around the city. I rode it for hours down the entire coastline, all the way from the Seattle Great Wheel, to a short stop at a Cidery for a tasting, past Olympic Sculpture Park, past Pocket Beach, and all the way down to the cruise ship terminals. One morning I had a coffee from the original Starbucks.

The cruise was excellent. This is my second Norwegian cruise. The first was to Cuba. On this cruise, we had a balcony suite and woke up to beautiful scenery every morning. We saw dolphins, whales, otters, bears, and crabs. We stopped at Icy Straights, Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan. The weather was perfect. 60 degrees every day. We had rain one day for 20 minutes. Apparently, this is unheard of. Ketchikan measures rain in feet and not inches. 😱 We really picked a fantastic 10 days to travel through this region of the world.

💻 Internet

Seattle: The hotel internet was great. I was able to stream movies from their wifi. 

Alaska:  I splurged and upgraded to the hi-speed internet package on the cruise. I've never had luck with the internet on a cruise. This was excellent. I was able to Livestream into my Facebook groups and use Facetime. I was connected the whole time and able to work on business tasks while traveling.

👨‍💻 Work

I didn't see clients or have any coaching calls while I was on this trip. Took a little break 🙂  I did work on my VA billing course and directory for Virtual Assistants and billers which is being released in the next few weeks.

📝 Licensing Issues

Not an issue this trip, but, I did do my due diligence and checked with both states, just in case.

Alaska (for LCSW):

While in Alaska you will still be able to provide services to your Virginia clients via telehealth. You are not required to obtain licensure in Alaska to provide services to Virginians. If you became an Alaska resident, wanted to begin treating Alaska residents, or began employment as a licensed Social Worker in Alaska, you would need to become fully licensed in Alaska at that point.

Washington (for LCSW)

No there are no restrictions to this. Care occurs under the jurisdiction of where the patient is located not the provider.

🍱 Restaurant Recommendations

We found quite a few great restaurants by using my Find Me Gluten Free app (due to my celiac disease). I would recommend The Virginia Inn, Cinnamon Works, The Crab Pot in Seattle.

Norweigan cruise lines were excellent. Each meal was three courses and they took my Celiac, no dairy, no eggs very seriously.  I did not get sick on this trip and the food was excellent!!

🚲 Highlights

~Pike’s Place Market

~Glacier Bay!!! OMG 💕

~Whale Watching

~ Nugget Falls

🚙 Lowlights

The COVID testing before we got on the cruise. It was nerve-wracking waiting for the results.

I scheduled an event in my insurance Billing Facebook Group accidentally in Pacific time instead of Eastern. I had the event Monday night (SEO for your private practice)  https://coursecraft.net/courses/Bbhc2/a/cpmYFEvhv

💰 Tips and tricks.

Get the wifi cruise upgrade! So worth it!!

Book your excursions once on the cruise because you get onboard credit.

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