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.

👩🏻‍💻 About Frolicking in Fort Lauderdale and Our Luxury Stay

I went with my BF Ken, my sister Amy, my mom, and two nephews for 7 days. This particular property was about 25 minutes from my home in Hollywood, FL. This property had a lot more room than my current condo and I was able to accommodate all of my guests.

This was an inspirato.com trip and we stayed at https://www.conradfortlauderdale.com/

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

💻 Internet

The hotel internet worked great. We used speedtest.net and the speed was 60 mbps upload and 24 mbps download. Plenty fast enough for running Zoom meetings and my telehealth sessions through simple practice.

👨‍💻 Work

I did work while I was there. I was able to host a live Q&A with Carrie Peterson (carriepetersonconnects.com), a social media branding expert for my Bill Like A Boss billing membership. If you want to check it out, here is more info about it. https://privatepracticeinsurancebilling.com/

I saw clients all day on the 1st day because my mom, sister, and nephews didn't come in until the second day. I had no problems streaming sessions with my client.

📝 Licensing Issues

Florida allows me to work within the state of Fl while seeing my Virginia clients.

See Correspondence from FL below:

"Good day, Thank you for contacting the Florida Department of Health. You are allowed to provide telehealth services to your patients in Virginia without applying for a Florida telehealth registration.

For information on the Telehealth legislation, please go to http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/. Also, please contact MQA.Telehealth@flhealth.gov for program-related questions.

Thank you and have a good day."

🍱 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 954 Steak, Lona Cocina & Tequileria, Casablanca's for coffee. The property had a kitchen so we were able to cook most of our meals there.

🚲 Highlights

~Snorkeling trip to a reef with SeaEscapes of Ft. Lauderdale. ~Taking my nephews to try the Flowrider Surf Machine in Hollywood.

~Searching for shells with our snorkels around the shore.

🚙 Lowlights

Loud construction at the resort next door.

My sister accidentally charged a very small $62 bottle of Champagne to the room. EEk. We did get a refund. 😂😂

💰 Tips and tricks.

The Conrad Residences allows one car to be parked for free. You get two free chairs and an umbrella on the beach.

To hear about other Traveling Therapists check out my podcast at The Traveling Therapist Podcast.

🎙️ Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-traveling-therapist-podcast/id1602969849
🎙️ Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly90aGV0cmF2ZWxpbmd0aGVyYXBpc3QubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M
🎙️ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1jPsl7ck9e09h8q8aJZACX
🎙️ Amazon Podcast: https://music.amazon.com/…/the-traveling-therapist-podcast
🎙️Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/…/the-traveling-therapist-podcast

Fun in Fort Lauderdale
Fun in Fort Lauderdale

1.My recent trip 7-22-2021. My boyfriend and I traveled to Deer valley, Utah. This was our first official trip with inspirato.com.

We stayed in the Montage Resort at Deer Valley. A massive resort sitting on top of a mountain in Utah. Overlooking Park Valley, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival.

2. Pics and videos below

3. I did work while I was there. I had a special guest expert Megan Smith Gunnell present about retreat building in my billing membership. https://privatepracticeinsurancebilling.com/.../monthly.../

I saw a handful of clients while I was there as well.

4. I’m licensed in Virginia and Utah does not require me to be licensed in that state to see my VA clients.

5. I did bill insurance while I was there Cigna and BCBS

6. My clients love that I travel. I shared the view from our patio with one of my clients.

7. The Internet was terrible. I had to allow Megan to be my zoom cohost and she continue to run the meeting when I was in an out throughout her presentation. Thank you Megan! I did cancel a few clients one day that was particularly terrible. I was able to see a couple of them over FaceTime.

8. Highlights: All the different hiking trails. Literally, each location looked totally different and all were stunningly beautiful. Potentially had the best burger of my life. The Luxe Burger.

9: Low lights: getting exposed to gluten at a restaurant that was supposedly very good with gluten-free food. (I have celiac disease and this makes travel more complicated). 10: used my new United mileage explorer card and got TSA Clear at a heavily discounted price. https://tinyurl.com/3x2tn9hp

👫 About

I went with my BF Ken for 5 days. We drove from Miami (8 hours). Had the audiobook Mindhunter downloaded for the drive. This was an inspirato.com trip. We stayed at The Emeline. https://hotelemeline.com/

If you want to talk to inspirato and learn more. http://inspirato.com/invite/KymTolson

💻 Internet

The first day the internet seemed like it was going to be an issue, but we were able to get (*protip) the password for the "conference" connection and didn't have issues after that.

👨‍💻 Work

We did work while we were there. I was able to host a live Q&A with Dan from Headway and stream it into my insurance billing Facebook group. I was worried about the connection, so I asked Dan to use his Zoom in case I lost the connection. If you want to see the interview, it's here. https://youtu.be/RBxu6G5-yY8 Ken was able to work as well. We had a suite so we could close the doors when we were working.

📝 Licensing Issues

I tried to get information from SC if I was allowed to see my clients while vacationing in their state. No answer, yet. I rescheduled my clients. No big deal. They were all doing fine and totally ok with it.

🍱 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 Hank's seafood (best grits ever), Magnolias, 82 Queen, Sip & Swine.

🚲 Highlights

Bike ride through Charleston, Jambalaya, and Shrimp and grits 😍.

🚙 Lowlights

Our car engine blew up on the way home. We were stranded in Brunswick, GA. When Ken got the oil changed before our trip, they failed to close the drain pan tightly and the cap worked it's way loose on the interstate. Ugh. We made it home 48 hours later. After, a tow truck, two lyfts, an uber, another hotel stay and a rental car.

💰 Tips and tricks.

For my meeting with Dan I used this new protable table that allows my computer to be stable and be used from any location where I might not have the proper set up. It's really convenient and great to have when I don't have a space to set up my computer propersly https://amzn.to/3jE2Vx6

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