Hi Mr. Andy,
You so right in how other bloggers represent travelling. I guess is a natural tendency to commercialize blogs of this nature in order to bring in the bucks.. Thats understandable. What I have a problem with is when it becomes nothing more than promoting their experience or local tourist industry. Your site is different in that its a fact finding mission. You put sensors out and are compiling a database.
I dont need decision making done for me or to be sold on the idea of travelling, I need current info, data, a lay of the land, so that I can make my own informed decisions. YOu do that in spades.
What I like is your sense of priorties. Food, Shelter and clothing at reasonable level of civility. Nothing glamorous or outlandishly wasteful. You establish a base line thats rational and for the most part stress free. Maybe there is something to be said for getting older and becoming grumpy...hehe. I also dont tolerate much these days. Currently my biggest peeve is common courtesy. I am not dude. or hey man! or chief. Clerks WILL address me as sir or Mr. or I speak to managers. A nice way to get a free meal at the local Hooters, by the way...hehe
Take care farmboy
Thank you, I agree about manners, if a person calls me Dude, it is a great way to be ignored.
"I remember when I thought one years travel was a lot, now I do not consider a person even on the road until they have been outside their country for at least three years."
So when you were traveling for 2 years, what was your criteria in determining whether or not they were on the road?
Andy - there are only a handful of people that can travel for extended periods (years), so why do those of us that have to hold down jobs, raise kids, etc. deserve to be arbitrarily classified by you?
Anonymous... funny and a good example for this post.
"So when you were traveling for 2 years, what was your criteria in determining whether or not they were on the road?"
This is the point of the post, at 2 years I was not grown up, I knew nothing about travel, however in my arrogance I believe that one and two years was a great amount of time. I had a page where I interviewed people who had traveler for over one year, it to me now is a joke.
Tourists and Travelers do deserve to be judge by me, they need to know they do not know anything about the planet earth.
If someone who had traveled for 10 years would have told me this when I had been traveling for 2 years, I would have a change to have more humility.
I now know at 10 years I know very little about the planet.
However as for your lame excuse about money and family. This was your choice, I made the choice to travel. You made your, I made mine, it does not require money and opportunity to trvael, it requires less, you can take off and escape.
For a USA person it is very easy, they can go to many countries and teach English, Taiwan is a good example.
Or you can make babies, traveling is an alternative choice to living the same life as the rest of the planet.
A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going.
A perfect traveller does not know where he came from.
- Lin Yutang
Very well said.
Enjoy the journey...
Andy said: "...it does not require money and opportunity to trvael, it requires less, you can take off and escape."
But how can you travel without money?
Money is not the problem.
Focus on a Job on the road and stop focusing on having money before you leave.