Taking a Caribbean break to refocus on Lisbon for 2020

Life has been interesting these past few weeks. I moved my office to our sailboat, which is currently moored in Bonaire and spent two weeks visiting our daughter and working remotely.

I loved the reaction of one of my clients “ I am paying you to work on our projects in the Caribbean, how cool is that”! I’m pleased he thought it was a good idea.

Sunset in Bonaire

Talk about changing latitude and longitude – my focus and to do list has been all about Lisbon, Portugal, coworking spaces, life and work balance – all the pieces of my retreat for location independent women in business which I have been planning for the past few months. Not the Caribbean! For many years our family cruised and lived aboard in the Caribbean, but that certainly was not where I pictured myself being this July. It has been far too many years since we had been in the sailing world and in many ways, I had moved on from that season of our lives.

Then this opportunity happened, seriously – why not buy back your sailboat? The thought of buying back our sailboat after 15 years was not in our life plan – but then we don’t really have a 10- or 15-year life plan anyway!

When we sold our sailboat back in 2004, we added the clause – “offer her back to us first” And that’s what happened this May.  While taking a quick break to visit our daughter in Roatan and add to our diving skills, we were sitting at a beachfront restaurant looking at pictures of “our” boat moored in Bonaire in the tranquil, blue Caribbean waters.  Being in Roatan, on the beach, with the calm ocean lapping at our feet certainly helped to bring back a flood of memories of our lifestyle and living aboard. And now our sailboat was for sale and being offered back to us first!

We always sleep on big decisions, and 24 hours later we said yes!

Being close to the ocean has always been a part of our lives, but it’s certainly a little more difficult getting in “ocean” time since we moved to New Mexico 10 years ago. And the thought of having a floating home appealed for a variety of reasons.

And so this is how I found myself working in Bonaire for two weeks earlier this month!

So how does that affect my travels and retreat plans to Portugal?

To be honest, I am still in “retreat” research mode so that I can offer the best experience, and these are a few thoughts that matter to me:

  • I would like this time together to be a unique experience, so that you will reflect back on your time in Lisbon for months to come,
  • I would like you to say: “I am so pleased I made the decision to go on this trip with Travel Like A Local Today!”
  • what an incredible community of women, it has inspired me both personally and for my business,
  • I had just the right amount of time to work on my projects and I took care of everything I needed to do in far less time than I expected,
  • and I got to explore Lisbon!

My survey has had some great responses – attached here if you would like to contribute your thoughts and ideas – and has confirmed many of my original ideas.  I am #grateful to those that contributed!

2020 promises to be an exciting year. I plan to offer two trips, the first one in May when the weather is just starting to get really pleasant and before the tourist season kicks into high gear, and the following one in October, when once again the weather promises to be mild, but pleasant – and if you are heading on to explore other parts of Europe, it is low season!

Even if you are just thinking of joining us, but not wanting to commit right now – let’s start talking about the options available for you.  I’d love to chat further, just send me an email at travellikealocaltoday@gmail.com

To travel adventures with a community!

Carol

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