3 ways to distract yourself while the world turns upside down.

There is no way you can live in the world today and not be impacted by the constant changes and uproar going on with people. From the riots, protests, fear of getting COVID, bored children at home, loss of a job, etc. We are in all state of uncertainty and transition and for some of us, we aren’t doing so well through the shift. So how do you keep your head above water and learn to breathe through the uncertainty and stress? Here are four ways you cope while the world turns upside down.

Plan a DIY project from start to finish.

To keep yourself busy write down an achievable DIY project you can handle alone or with a family member. Make sure the project isn’t too expensive and not too long as you may not feel motivated to finish. Start small to experience a sense of accomplishment so that it is enough for you to want to start the next project. If you want to see an example of this check out our DIY project watch our Youtube Channel, in our last video my husband and I built a wall shelf from scratch with no prior experience.

Read a book about a topic you want to expand your knowledge on.

Currently, I’m reading about neurolinguistic programming. It is the perfect topic to read while in quarantine at home because it teaches you to train your mind and the impact of your thoughts. We all can experience anxiety from time to time and have racing thoughts about the current times during the quarantine. For example, the questions you make be asking yourself are, are we going to experience another wave? Am I going to come out of this horrific time? Should I go to the beach or park? It is a never-ending worry and doubt that can put unnecessary stress on your life. Read to keep your worry down and learn something in return.

Eat more fruits and veggies and drink more water during the Quarantine.

I know this one can be confusing as it may very difficult to eat healthy right now. Especially for those who use eating as a way to cope through stress. When you feel better, you make better decisions. You have a clear head and make a better judgment about the world around you. Along with eating healthy, exercising well minimize those endorphins. To keep up with us, check out our Instagram page on our latest updates.

3 free toys you can make at home for the beach for your kids.

Make every moment with your children count.

This time can be challenging especially if you don’t have the access to many stores because of quarantine. We are out of the country and haven’t been to a store in over two months. What does that mean for us? That means we have to be creative to keep the children busy and happy. We still want to go to the beach and we won’t let not having beach toys stop us. Here are 3 tips you can use to make free beach toys at home.

First, if you recycle then this should be easy for you. Most children just want to play in the sand. Scoop and dump sand in some sort of container. This should be easy. You find an empty container you aren’t using or box to allow them to do so. The other tool you will need to make this happen is to create a scoop for the sand to dump it in the box. Use a plastic or paper cup for scooping the sand. If you don’t have either try a bottle with a large opening or a top of an old spray can.

Next, use the beach as your toy box. Make it a treasure hunt with your children by searching for unique looking rocks or seashells. This can be a real joy if you get involved as well. Make prints in the sand with your feet and try to keep them from getting washed away by the ocean.

Last, Be sure to take breaks out of the sun. The sun can be harsh on our skin if in the sun for more than twenty minutes or so at a time. Pick a spot under the shade to play a game without technology. If you the beach has enough chairs and shade you can play a round of musical chairs. To create a speaker effect if you want to play some music to relax, stick your phone inside of a cup. It will instantly give it a speaker effect.

For our latest beach experience check out my last video on Youtube. I hope you all have a great and safe Memorial Day. For pictures check out our Instagram.

3 reasons why I live in Colombia.

Let’s be real, living abroad equally has its perks and downsides. It is not in any way easier to live in another country. It is less expensive, of course, but that can’t be the only motivating factor for living abroad. In this unprecedented time, I think it is important to make sure you focus on your why no matter what your life situation is. Here I will share three reasons why I live in Colombia.

Building A Brand

Although I’m enjoying fun in the sun, I’m currently building a brand. Building a family brand that encompasses traveling, building an estate, and business. These components make up a larger life in my opinion than the one I was currently living. It brings joy for me to spend quality time with my family and work on my passions without the pressure of trying to maintain a decent American lifestyle. I can simply learn to be my most authentic self and teach my children to do the same while slowly making money and building an empire.

Experience New Culture

I had little to no experience traveling prior to making the decision to jump off the corporate ladder and move to South America. It was a bold and courageous move and I often reflect on where I was during that time. I have since grown and evolved into the person I am today and of course it hasn’t been an easy road. What I will say is that it has been a rewarding journey. It has shaped me into a more present person. I have enjoyed the culture here in South America and have appreciated how much more simple life can be with a few adjustments.

Grow Uncomfortable

I could’ve easily stayed put in my house and my 9-5 job. I rode in style in a nice car and had anything and everything I wanted, but it wasn’t fulfilling. I needed more time to grow and evolve away from comfort – I needed to become uncomfortable to learn more about who I am and what I want out of life. I do believe things are temporary and can change. I’ve lived in Colombia for a year and four months, so things can relatively change in the future. I don’t know if I would consider this place my forever place, but it’s a nice place to live for a while. 

I think it’s important to keep things in perspective when you start to feel frustrated with a place or life situation. Focus on your reason why. It doesn’t have to be traveling across the country – your struggles will still be with you no matter the location. Learn to appreciate the small lessons and live in the moment as best as you can. I wanted to gain more experience and learn new cultures – and I’m doing just that. For more content on this subject check out our Youtube Channel or follow us on Instagram

3 ways to get through Quarantine as a nomad.

Traveling the world and living the time of your life is a dream come true, but sometimes you may encounter some rough days or events, especially when the entire world is in quarantine due to the pandemic. This is something we’ve never experienced before during our travels or in our lifetime for that matter. We are checking in and asking how are you really doing? If you’re struggling it is absolutely normal and we are all getting through this together one day at a time. So the question is how do you navigate through this waiting period, successfully? I will discuss three ways to push through waiting in quarantine as a nomad.

1. Video call your friends and or family more often than usual.

This is a great time to communicate with your loved ones now more regularly than ever before. Family can heal some of the loneliness you’re experiencing. Call your family members through Face Time or What’s App via video. Use online therapy if you’re feeling imbalanced and need someone to talk to right away. It is affordable and can be executed right from your apartment. Use Google as a source to find therapy or an app called TalkSpace.

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2.  Do something you love.

Consistently do something you love while away on the road in isolation to build a sense of stability. For example, if you love to create art, this is the time to practice your skills. Always have something to physically keep your mind occupied when you began to feel a bit unstable from being in the house too long. Learn a new trade or read up on something you always wanted to know, but didn’t have the time.

3. Catch up on our content.

Although you have fun meeting new friends and expanding your social network, you can start to miss the long time friends and family you left behind to see the world. Everyone at some point feels homesick. Make us part of your to do list. Check out our older videos on Youtube on our journey living in a RV and abroad. Also, check out my latest ebook available now on Amazon (link available below). It is a perfect read and will get you through boredom until we are all able to get back to normal.

Please stay safe and remember to stay home as much as possible if you’re in the position to do so.

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A few ways we've changed.

What I find interesting with the Corona Virus is that it is enforcing people to change in ways we find normal for our family. The terms “self isolating”, “working from home” or digital learning” are all temporary solutions to combat spreading the virus. We’ve implemented this lifestyle for the past two years without the corona virus making us do so. To avoid going on a huge rant I will share a few ways we have changed our lives that include the methods people are currently using to avoid getting sick and or spreading the Corona virus.

We avoid weekend crowds if possible.

Now that we have the luxury of working and schooling from home, we no longer have to go out on Saturday or Sunday for activities or shopping which is generally when the masses have off from work and school. I would rather go out on Monday particularly as there is usually low amounts of people at the stores unless it’s a holiday. It’s not that I don’t mind socializing or intermingling when there is a large amount of people present – I can when necessary. I just rather shop or eat in peace if you know what I mean or at least that is what peace looks like to me.

We’re digital nomads and homeschoolers.

The ways we’ve changed our lives wasn’t intentionally to avoid an outbreak, but it just so happened that we benefited from it and also in more ways that we can count. One of those is we have mostly online businesses to support our lifestyle. We’re currently residing in Santa Marta, Colombia, and have been exploring this country for a year and a few months. We just recently changed locations and provide content and information on our social media platforms for those who are looking to travel or retire in the locations we visit.

Through travel we are able to educate our children in a variety of ways. They are exposed to other languages and cultures, receive the basic skills at home such as math and reading, and we can provide more quality time with them and pretty much write our own schedule. When we had corporate jobs, we were slaves to our positions and had limited quality time as a family.

We can live anywhere.

Before we traveled internationally we resided in a RV for six months. We moved into our 42 ft RV from a 2,900 square ft house. We explored Georgia and South Florida for six months and decided it was time for something else. Just like that we can change our lifestyle without much interruption because we don’t have many things and aren’t nailed down to a job and or school.

Sometimes, life forces us to make changes and other times we can see the change that needs to be made and voluntarily adjust. I believe we can all learn from the pandemic that is happening to many countries in the world and that is to slow down and become more aware of the world we live and take better care of each other. I empathize with those who have lost family members or friends due to this virus and hope this can only bring a more positive change to the world as we currently need it.

For more information on our brand check us on our website: www.mobilehobos.com also follow on Youtube under A Traveling Jones.

Not all those who wander are lost.

“NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST” ~ J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Don’t let people make you feel bad for leaving a city or country and moving on to the next. If you’re anything like me you decided to wander the world because you were already sick of the boredom and endless monotony of going to work and home day in and day out. I get tired of people interjecting their meaningless opinions on what they think you should do because they are fearful of doing anything that seems too risky for their own lives. We are travelers not settlers. We make our own way, we don’t live from the opinions of others rather good or bad.

As you travel, you will meet lots of people simply because we don’t live in this world alone. There are humans everywhere. Some people may be from where you are, but decided to stay for whatever reason and because you’re living their at the same time for an extended amount of time they think you are there permanently too. That is the assumption that you don’t have control over. You don’t have to explain yourself to every person on your journey that you are passing through. It is up to you if you choose to do so, but it is not your responsibility to make other people you meet comfortable. I’ve noticed in my travels that when you tell people you’re nomadic they become confused because they can’t seem to put you in a box or category. They ask questions like, “where will you kids go to school, the children need stability, what do you do, you need a homestead”, and so on. All of those fears are theirs not yours. So don’t fold on the fears of other people.

My best advice if you’re nomadic is to live free with no regrets. There are people like you who don’t quite fit in and that’s ok. There are people who don’t fit into a routine, society, corporate job, and so on who move around and they are not lost. They aren’t irresponsible or reckless. They aren’t running from the law or their responsibilities. They can’t be tied down to a click or religious organization. They are nomadic and happy. End of story, so get to know us and appreciate us because you don’t have to compete with people like us, we are rare.

4 things I hated about Key West, FL.

Traveling to Key West was quite the adventure. It was a two way highway after passing through Key Largo and several bridges. The view of the water was beautiful and exciting to see as we got closer to Key West. As a newbie who’s never been and lived there for three months – I want to share my first hand point of view on my stay and the four reasons I didn’t like it.

Too Expensive.

We stayed at Sisgbee Campground in our RV, which is a Navy Base right inside of Key West. It was a very safe Campground with a Commissary and Navy Exchange store. The prices at the stores were reasonable, but the quality just wasn’t there. When shopping off base at a Publix or another grocery store the prices were expensive. I honestly don’t know how people are able to afford living in Key West. A vacation is nice, but to live there, you would almost go broke, unless you’re rich.

Limited Resources.

Key West doesn’t have a Target, Walmart, or any other familiar store you’re used to. To go to a decent store you would need to travel to Miami which is two and a half to three hours away. It felt like we were in a foreign country inside of the United States. The most decent store in our reach was Kmart. The quality was very low and the store was a mess. Your best bet is the Navy base if you have access or ordering from Amazon. Again, this is only for folks who are interested in living there.

Hot as Hell.

It was extremely hot in the summer months. If you don’t like the heat, I would recommend coming in the winter and traveling some where else during the summer months more north. It was fun to go to the beach and swim in the ocean, but without the shade it was a bit miserable.

Prejudice/ Discrimination

Snooty people  gave us the stank eye and crooked smirk. It depended on the type of person we encountered, but there is definitely sprinkles of racism here especially on the Navy base.  I would say folks felt entitled or that they were better than others because of their status. There were customers who I served at the Navy exchange who complained about feeling like they were turned down for a hotel room or looked over simply for the color of their skin. Although, this is a common complaint all over the world, it was annoying and frustrating, so keep that in mind when visiting.

For more information on our experiences traveling watch our Youtube channel. We have a ton of resources available for traveling families.

Don’t let a language barrier set you back.

Traveling the world is an adventure within itself. Not only are you exposed to a variety of people and culture, but also language. We forget that outside of the U.S there are countries that primarily speak other languages outside of English. That in itself can be a major culture shock. Not being able to communicate can you leave you frustrated and ready to throw in the towel. Don’t do so just yet. Continue reading for how to triumphantly conquer a language barrier and explore a country while living your best life.

There are many resources available to get you by until you are able to practice the language more. Depending on how long of a stay you have in a country, it may not be worth it to invest financially in language classes. There are free resources available on the Internet that are easily accessible and at your fingertips. The first application to download is Duolingo. Keep in mind, this blog isn’t sponsored, this is just my honest advice as I’m speaking from experience. You can find it on Google Play or the iPhone app store for free. Familiarize yourself with how to speak basic words and greetings, such as hello, goodbye, may I, etc.

The next application to download is Google Translate. Google Translate can dig you out of a bind quickly if you get stuck and can’t communicate. However, be mindful of the inaccuracies of translation from the foreign language to English. It doesn’t take into account slang or improper words when translating so you will need to do your best at piecing together what is being conveyed. Another source is to find a translator, of course, this is more of a costly choice and requires you to communicate to find one.

For more information on how to navigate through language barriers with a limited amount of knowledge, watch our Youtube channel. We have a ton of resources available for traveling families.

Once you learn a few words, practice them with people you may come across while you’re touring the area. The best place to practice is in a taxi or at a restaurant because you usually have the other person’s undividend attention and they may be willing to help you. Please understand you will feel uncomfortable and at times embarrassed. It is just the nature of the game. Hopefully the reason you are traveling is to get out of your comfort zone and immerse as much as you can without overwhelming yourself.

5 ways to cope with anxiety while on the road

Redesigning your life can be long a process and not really a fun one. It’s the breaking down of the depiction you have of yourself to slowly rebuild the true version of you. We previously defined ourselves through our jobs, our cars, our house, and all of our accomplishments. We had a false sense of who we were and coming to grips with that is a hard pill to swallow. Read on for five techniques to cope with anxiety and depression while you’re on the road.

Exercising is a healthy way to cope with anxiety or depression.

I believe the first step to unpacking the emotional pain we have is to be honest about it’s existence. Exercising is a great technique for physically working out the stress that clogs our minds.

Eat healthier and surround yourself with positive people.

Acknowledging that we aren’t feeling too good could open the door for someone to help us or for us to get help for ourselves. Questioning our feelings and how we got there could be the start to analyzing where the emotions stem from. Taking better care of your health can be the first step to improving your life and way of thinking.

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Sometimes therapy and even medication is required to get out of the dark whole we wind up in.

While traveling it can be more complicated to seek help due to the acceptance of your insurance and other limitations. It is extremely important to look into as many options as you can so that you enjoy your travel without the baggage (no pun intended).

Improving your well being will always be a working process.  Our goal as a family is to consistently work on being the best the we can be. That means breaking down fears and anxieties. It means examining certain behaviors and asking ourselves how can we do better. It is a goal that can never fully be obtained and that we believe is the truth to finding happiness.

For more blogs or an update on where we are visit our website at www.atravelingjones.com or check out our Youtube channel for content for family travel.

4 reasons why we chose to move to Medellin

If you follow us on Youtube, you know by now we are in Columbia and have been here since the beginning of the year to start a new adventure. Initially, we were very nervous and didn’t know what to expect. We’ve heard great things about the country, but we didn’t know anyone personally that made the jump to live here. We took our entire family over and we want to share our experience with you so far. Read on for four reasons why we chose Medellin, Colombia.

To learn Spanish.

Our family goal is to learn Spanish and be fluent enough to order from a menu, catch a cab, ask what time it is, etc. We will most likely learn at different times while we are over here because we all have different learning styles and schedules. Not only will my husband and I learn Spanish, but our two kids as well.

Our goal is to enroll our children in a Spanish speaking school to pick up the language faster. We will continue to provide a US curriculum at home. We will share more details about the schools in a later blog for those interested. They are much younger and have a better chance of picking up the language faster. Spanish tutors are also very affordable and it is easier to learn a language by completely emerging yourself in the culture.

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It is more affordable.

After doing a massive amount of research, we’ve learned our dollar stretches much further in South American than it does in the states. We have a few income streams with side businesses and gigs via the Internet. We would like to pursue more of our personal interest while having a good time and not worrying about paying bills. Some of those interest include learning Salsa, scuba diving, meeting new people and or families, and taking up martial arts.

The climate.

Did you know that Medellin is known as the city of Internal Spring? It’s not too hot and not too cold, just right to positively affect our moods. At night you may need a light jacket, but it is very comfortable to the say the least. Right now, in Atlanta where our home is, it is most likely 50 degrees and people are tucked away in their homes until it gets warmer outside.

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The people.

The people here are very friendly and helpful. Are you surprised? Even with the language barrier, I’ve noticed people are still willing to help you. It can be a little intimidating not being fully fluent in Spanish and trying to get somewhere or carry on with life, but it challenges you to get out your comfort zone and accept the help.

Hopefully, this helps as to why we made the decision to move here. We don’t know how long we plan to stay, but we are taking our time and enjoying the city. We also plan to travel within the country, so stay connected and follow along on Youtube or on our website for travel updates. Maybe you can learn what to do or not to do before taking your big step in traveling.