#tripshare #mexico

πŸ‘« About

I went with my mom for 6 days.

We stayed in two hotels. About a week before our trip, the first hotel emailed to say they were closing for three days due to hurricane damage and they needed to do construction. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Inspirato.com thankfully intercepted the email and started working on a second hotel for us to stay in. The first stay was at Viceroy los Cabos https://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

second stay Hotel Ziva Hyatt which was an all inclusive! https://www.hyatt.com/.../mexico/hyatt-ziva-los-cabos/sjdif  Yay!! πŸŽ‰

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...

πŸ’» Internet

Hotel: 

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 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. https://g.co/fi/r/JCFYNR

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Work

I saw a handful of clients while I was there and did host a training for my Bill Like A Boss membership.  Luckily, I prepared the speaker before hand 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 support community that will help you DIY insurance billing in your private practice. https://privatepracticeinsurancebilling.com

πŸ“ Licensing Issues

Not an issue this trip. I checked and couldn’t find anything indicting 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 tapenyaki 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! πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€ͺ

🚲 Highlights

~Camel Rides on the beach

~Exploring an eco-farm

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

~Aqua Zumba in the pool

~Tequila tastings 

~At least 4 random whale sightings

~Dia De Los Muertos celebrations

πŸš™ Lowlights

~I was bit by β€œsea 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.

πŸ’° Tips and tricks.

- I used miles from this credit card and my round trip flight and baggage were 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!

Here’s my card referral I’d you’re looking for a good travel card.

https://www.referyourchasecard.com/215p/DBJ6MKG1C9

-When you get to the airport ask for the taxi service that is the β€œshuttle”. I paid $14 for it. My mom arrived two hours earlier than me and was scammed by a time share company and ended up paying $50.

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

πŸ‘« About

I went with Ken, my BF, for 6 days.

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 tub’s, indoor outdoor swimming pool right on the river that ran through the town of Vail.

The was an inspirato.com trip 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. https://docs.google.com/.../15It1WdvvtI3hEceOd4Ms.../edit...

πŸ’» Internet

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

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» 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. 😜

πŸ“ 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.

β€œGreetings,   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.

🚲 Highlights

~hiking

~Hot tubs

~oxygen bar

~ October fest

~ Betty Ford’s Alpine garden

πŸš™ 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. 

πŸ’° Tips and tricks.

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

(cruise Icy Straights, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan)

πŸ‘« About

I went with my mom for 10 days. Two days in Seattle and 8 days on a Norwegian Cruise through Alaska. 

This hotel in Seattle was one block from Pike Market. Our room overlooked Puget Sound.  The location was amazing.  We could walk everywhere and had a lot of fun exploring Seattle.

The cruise was pretty great as well. 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 everyday. We had rain one day for 20 minutes. Apparently this is unheard of. Ketchikan measures rain in feet and not inches. 😱

The hotel in Seattle was an inspirato.com trip and we stayed at https://www.thompsonhotels.com/.../seattle/thompson-seattle

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

πŸ’» Internet

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

Alaska:  I splurged and bought 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.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Work

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

πŸ“ 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 πŸ’•

~Whale Watching

~ Nugget Falls

πŸš™ Lowlights

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

πŸ’° Tips and tricks.

Get the wifi cruise upgrade! So worth it!!

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

πŸ‘« About

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

πŸ’» Internet

The hotel internet worked great. We used speed test 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.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» 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.

πŸ“ 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.

πŸš™ 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. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

πŸ’° 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.

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

πŸ‘« 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

πŸ’» 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.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» 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.

πŸ“ 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 😍.

πŸš™ 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.

πŸ’° 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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