Have Laptop, Will Travel: Memoirs of a Digital Nomad

**Second Edition**

This second edition has been comprehensively revised, updated, and expanded, and includes a variety of additional photos. Newly brimful and fresh, an extended version to take this modern-day odyssey to the next level of fun, fascination — and happy endings.

Readers are calling this the male version of Eat Pray Love! Phil goes digital nomad for a year-long odyssey, traveling to 12 cities in 12 months on 4 continents. What these cities are ‘really like’ will make you laugh, think, learn and even cringe a little. The author’s personal journey of self-discovery adds up to a year of life-changing experiences: what’s personal is universal.

More than a bucket list on steroids, this memoir reveals tales of food, love, and life in far off lands. Phil aims to inspire readers to pursue their own dreams and aspirations through the joy of travel. Have Laptop, Will Travel!

**SNEAK PEAK**


• THAILAND – Let me tell you about the time I saved Victor’s life.


• MALAYSIA – All seemed as it should … but nothing prepared me for what happened next. I was about to doze off into Phil-land when I heard and felt a loud explosion. It sounded like a bomb. I knew something was very wrong.


• CORDOVA – As I stepped off the curb to cross the street, a huge bonfire was lit right in front of me…in the middle of the street! The flames nearly exploded as the protesters fueled it with more gasoline. My cheeks felt like they were burning, and I’m surprised my eyebrows didn’t get singed from my front row view. This is the kind of thing you only see on the nightly news, and there I was in the middle of it all.


• PERU – I was far, far away. But there, right next to me, was my dead body. I couldn’t look away. It was as if my ability to move my eyeballs was disabled. I could hear familiar, distant spirit voices asking me if I wanted to be buried in a coffin or cremated. I couldn’t tell them. I was already dead.


• MEXICO – I was climbing into a hot air balloon that would carry us thousands of feet into the sky, held aloft by a nylon sack and propelled by wind and fire. Wicker, nylon, human flesh—all the things that should not be in close proximity to naked flames. And how the hell do you steer the thing? Ummm, you don’t! I fell apart, involuntarily, as my fear of heights overtook me like never before. I needed to be bitch-slapped but no one was “up” for it (excuse the pun).

My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City)

The very concept of New York City conjures up a wealth of emotions in many people. For writer Joanie Strulowitz, it has always been a place of magic: an enticing playground, a cascade of art, a wonderland of fascinating characters, a youth serum to keep her feeling forever young.

Believing herself to be a New Yorker who just happened to be born in Iowa, Strulowitz felt the tantalizing call of Manhattan from the time she was four, and eventually made her home there. In this love song to the City, she pays adoring tribute to the essence of Manhattan from its intense pace and the pounding excitement in the air to the funky charm and even the glittering pavement that provides a stage on which it all unfolds.

The City is her laboratory, her art studio, and the extraordinary inspiration for this collection of captivating vignettes. In each short but sublime piece, Strulowitz evokes the luminous ambiance that has lured artists and adventure seekers to the island metropolis for generations: enthralling chance encounters, the slightly terrifying exhilaration of first subway rides, the soothing clink of silverware in a favorite sidewalk cafe, the urge to break into song when discovering a perfect little boutique.

Anyone who has lived in New York City, played tourist there, or just dreamed of paying a visit will find something to love in this transcendent appreciation of the jewel-encrusted celebration of life and art that is Manhattan.


Meet Joanie Strulowitz

ALTHOUGH JOANIE STRULOWITZ is seasoned in numerous aspects of the arts and business, writing has always been her baby. While raising her two daughters in Iowa, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Years later, after finding her first apartment in Los Angeles, she discovered that–magnetically–the SCBWI offices were two blocks from her front door.

Originally from Iowa and later Chicago, Strulowitz moved to New York because, as she explains in My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City), “My soul has always lived there, and my body needs to catch up.”

With a memory that is largely emotive, she recalls almost every square inch of how she felt growing up. As an observer who always thought something was wrong with her because she didn’t fit in, she discovered that writing books and being involved in all the arts help to make sense of life.

Now she seeks to be the voice she searched for, so the lessons she learned can help others to find the gifts in their differences–and to believe in themselves and their dreams.

Today you can find her (and her black turtleneck) in Los Angeles, writing a chapter on her grocery bag while walking home, or completing her YA fantasy novel during Pilates sessions.

Think, Ask, Go (Repeat): Straight Talk for Success in Missions

In Think, Ask, Go (Repeat) – Straight Talk for Success in Missions, Naone shares hard-learned lessons about what is necessary to wrestle with and understand before you venture into the field of missions work. Through her often humorous experiences come the nitty-gritty realities that can be easily overlooked. Naone teaches us to not only think outside the box but to have the courage to remove the box altogether.

This book will challenge your thinking on missions and what it could be in the future. It offers thought provoking guidelines that are foundational to both personal and missions’ success. Think, Ask, Go (Repeat) challenges readers to dig deep, listen, and learn from every situation and mistake. It also shows:

• Why a clear vision is vital to success and how to develop it

• Awareness on how your mind can sabotage you by wanting to keep the status quo

• What listening really means

• The importance of good questions

• What real partnership looks like

• The importance of thinking about sustainability and legacy

It is in the synergy of each of these areas where those with a heart for missions—whether they are local or overseas—will experience an increase in their personal growth and leadership skills.

Live a Healthy, Happy, Long Life and Prosper Without Stress: The Life Transformation Paradigm: Seven Lifestyle Shifts to Live the Life You are Designed to Live

We are designed to live a life of happiness and peace. Happiness and peace allow us to live healthy, long, and prosperously. The emphasis on the accumulation or higher earning of money to achieve peace and happiness has created a society and a world in which everyone is running around overly busy and stressed and overloaded with responsibility. At the end most cannot find peace and happiness because they are in too much debt, are chronically ill at a younger age, and most do not come out winners at the accumulation game. We are a sickened society from the results of so much stress from pursuing peace and happiness by following the wrong paradigm of living.

There is a different way, a different model. The Life Transformation Paradigm helps you find peace and happiness first so that the other things everyone wants more of, including you, can be obtained with much less effort and stress. The Life Transformational Paradigm turns conventional wisdom on its head. First you find and enjoy peace and happiness, and then you can live the life you are designed to live. You are designed to live happy and at peace, healthy, long, and prosperously. This book is about this model and how to work with it so you can start living the life you are designed to live.