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Traveler Beware of Money Leaks

Traveler Beware of Money Leaks
There are money leaks in the budget of travelers, a slow seepage of money out of your pocket and onto the ground.

I can always tell the people with the biggest holes in their pockets, they say comments like,
“It was so cheap compared to home; the price is not a big deal.”

This person will be returning home soon.

Bangkok, Thailand
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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I purchase these room supplies when I thought I was moving into one apartment for 5500 Baht per month. The deal fell through and I left all these items in the room, I deserted them.

2 Pillows 100 Baht
1 Broom 30
Water 40
1 Funky Pillow 100
Vegetables 30

Total 300 Baht or 8.61 USD

Eight Dollars, which is a huge amount of money to lose…

I know this is not much money, trust me I do know, I owned a 24-foot sailboat in the USA, however in Thailand it is one days wages.

The world is suffering economic problems; I believe culturally the world had slowly adopted a splurge mentality.
“I have the money, so why not.”

I went to dinner last night at Subway; I ate a Chicken Sub with some cheese, lettuce, and other condiments. Every day of the week Subway has a special on one type of sub, the price is 69 Baht or just over two dollars.

The regular price is about 140 Baht or double the cost.

Would you eat the 69 Baht or the 140 Baht, which is the difference between a person that can stay on a budget and person who needs to work by the sweat of their brow.

My friend Walt would say,
“If you seen a penny on the ground, would you stop to pick it up?”

The big holes are easy to patch, the little ones sinks the ship.

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Traveler Beware of Money Leaks

Khao San Road Beer Can Bike

Khao San Road Beer Can Bike
A man sits on the corner near Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand daily cutting up Beer Cans and making them into Tuk Tuks. Now he has expanded his business and is decorating bikes.

Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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If you want to see this man, go to the Wat or Temple at the end of Khao San Road. Look straight a the temple, then go to the right, when you get to the first left turn road there is a telephone booth that probably does not work. He sits between the telephone booth and the bank money exchange booth on the main road.

Khao San Road Beer Can Bike

Travel Mooch

Travel Mooch
IgoUgo Defines the Difference between a Welcome Guest and a
"Travel Mooch;" Offers Tips for Politely Sponging off Family and
Friends on Your Next Vacation

NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
With travel costs a big concern this summer, many travelers will
opt to skip the hotel as a sure-fire way to save money when visiting
family or friends. But some will take cost savings to the extreme and
let who they know dictate where they go - so they can vacation for

In a poll released this week by, one of the most
popular travel communities in the world, 57 percent of respondents
said they would consider staying with family or friends on vacation,
and 55 percent said in the past, they have vacationed somewhere solely
because they had family or friends who could provide free

Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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But the poll also revealed that not all vacationing houseguests
are the same. While the majority of houseguests (75 percent) say they
enjoy spending time with their hosts, 25 percent appear to be
motivated primarily by convenience and savings - they don't include
the enjoyment of their hosts' company in a list of top reasons for
staying with them at all.

The editors of IgoUgo have coined the term "travel mooch" to
describe those 25 percent of dreaded houseguests who tend to push the
limits of couch-surfing etiquette. If you've ever hosted vacationing
friends, you've probably known one; if you've ever stayed with friends
or family on vacation, you may be one.

"The summer travel season is here, and many of us will be staying
with family or friends at some point in the coming months," said
Cameron Siewert, content and community manager at "The
trick is to be a welcomed guest and not an inconsiderate mooch - after
all, the ultimate goal is to get invited back!"

Other characteristics of a true travel mooch:

-- 65 percent are first and foremost motivated by saving money.

-- They're unable to afford the trip otherwise: 39 percent cited
this as a motivation.

-- They stick around awhile: 25 percent stay for more than a

-- They're not traveling alone: 83 percent bring at least one

-- Many stay with friends they're meeting for the first time: 23
percent of poll respondents said they have or would.

-- Some stay with friends they meet on the Internet: 15 percent
of poll respondents said they have or would.

The good news about travel mooches, according to the poll, is that
they expect fewer basic hospitalities like linens, groceries and
airport transportation; the bad news is that they're also less likely
to offer such hospitalities to their own guests. And significantly
fewer mooches enjoy having vacationing guests in their own homes; 8
percent don't even allow guests to stay.

Besides saving money, what motivates a travel mooch to stay in
touch with friends in great destinations? According to the poll, they
do value the friendships they cultivate in the process, but they're
significantly more likely than guests to have practical - or even
ulterior - motives. Access to local knowledge (43 percent) and having
a place to stay (32 percent) are the main reasons given.

"There's something to be said for staying with a local on your
vacation - not only will you save money, but you'll likely get the
inside scoop on the coolest things to do and see," said Siewert. "But
your host should feel that you value spending time with them - not
that you're simply taking advantage of a free place to crash."

Afraid you've crossed the line into mooching territory? IgoUgo
editors will help you keep your travel tactics aboveboard with their
Ten Commandments of Couch Crashing:

1. Thou shalt give thy host plenty of advance notice. Don't be the
person who calls asking for a place to crash the next day--or even the
next week. At least a month in advance is a good rule of thumb.

2. Thou shalt not bring an assortment of friends and pets. If
you're single and traveling with a companion, ask your host for
permission to bring him or her along. And if you've got multiple
people or animals in tow, step back and put yourself in your hosts'
shoes before you even ask.

3. Thou shalt not take hospitalities for granted. Be considerate
and double-check with your host about what you should bring. Don't
just assume that towels, sheets, pillows and toiletries will be

4. Thou shalt put the convenience of thy host above all else. You
adhere to check-in and check-out times when you stay in hotels. Keep
that frame of mind when staying with friends and family: be sure
you're arriving and departing at times that are convenient for them.
And unless they offer a ride, make your own arrangements for
transportation to and from their home.

5. Thou shalt exercise common decency. Don't bring new friends
back to your hosts' home. If your hosts drive you places, pay for a
tank of gas. Wash your dishes. Take out the trash. Pay for your own
groceries... you get the picture.

For the rest of the tips or to post a comment, visit's
travel blog at:


This poll was conducted from April 22 - April 28, 2008 with a
total of 1,376 respondents. An email invitation to participate was
sent to subscribers of's "Contests and Promotions" emails.
To view complete poll results, please go to

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Retirement Nest Egg

Retirement Nest Egg
Traveling is great, life is good, but there is also times when people must deal with reality. I am more retired than people who say they are retired, I have to admit, and I make hanging around and doing nothing a form of Art.

However, I know my Mother is annoyed when I do not put up funky travel photos.

Why is there less, why are my blog post boring?

I am working on my Nest Egg Retirement project, ( but more important, I need a big pile of cash to go to Africa again and to the Amazon River to hunt for un-contacted tribes.

Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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I will soon return to the same time zone as the USA, I will go to Guatemala and Peru. I need to work on my Retirement Nest Egg and make some telephone calls without people returning calls at 4:00 am in the morning and 2:00 pm U.S. time.

In reality all this work is to make my blog post more interesting, I want to increase my monthly income to a point that I do not cringe when I think of expensive places like Europe or radical off he electrical grid places like some parts of Africa and the Amazon River.

I know, the farther I go off the grid, the more expensive it becomes to get there.

I also know the more the country is developed and boring, the more I must pay to be happy.

Middle ground is countries like Thailand, Philippines, Guatemala, Peru etc, and in these life is easy.

Retirement Nest Egg

Photography as a Predatory Sport

Photography as a Predatory Sport
I have a rather simple Fuji Finepix Camera, I have been thinking for years about getting one of them huge Canon or Nikon Cameras.

I am having second thoughts…

Maybe this is like using a Machine Gun to Hunt Rabbits.

Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Blog of Andy --- --- Travel Bag Design Survey --- Professional Traveler Bag

I am aware that sometime a person needs a Machine Gun powerful camera, for instance when I was in Puerto Escondido watching the surfers, I realized photo only worked well with a tripod and large zoom lens.

However, 99 percent of photo can be taken well if I have good hunting skills and I know my weapon.

The Fuji Camera I am using now has a random trigger problem. According to the charge of the battery and how long I allow it to power up and realize the photo the photos vary in quality. I am not happy about this, I know my gun is faulty; however there is sport in knowing this. I know I must take into consideration more variables than when I had my prior Sony 10X zoom Camera.

There is fun in getting the shot because my camera is faulty, I must truly know my weapon better.

I often put up poor quality photo on this Blog, I guess I admit, there are times where I just wing my game, and I do not shoot them between the eyes.

What stops me about the pro version of cameras is the size, it really is hard to sneak up and take a photo of the human animal when you pull out a Machine Gun.

Manners, a perosn really needs to have no manners to take great people photos or a very large zoom lens, ergo one excellent reason for a big camera.

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Daypack Versus Traveler Pack Priorities

Daypack Versus Traveler Pack Priorities
I walked one-half kilometer back to my Hotel yesterday in a heavy downpour of rain in Thailand. The daypack in the photos below got wet, even though I was using an umbrella.

Bangkok, Thailand
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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I use this daypack to carry my camera, batteries, computer, passport and other documents and other daily needs; this is my high priority bag when I am in transit between cities and Hotels.

I woke up today, put on a wet bag and took off for my daily walk, it was a little uncomfortable, and the daypack was still a little damp. It did not dry off well in the room overnight.

Walking back, I thought to myself,
“My priorities are a little skewed.”

I carry this daypack about two hours per day, it allows me to have my camera with me and many small items, I can purchase food at the without needing to kill a few turtle by using plastic bags.

-- I move about once every 10 days with my big Traveler Bag
-- Traveler Bag used about 6 hours per month.
-- Daypack used about 60 hours per month.

I use my daypack 54 hours more per month.

I have had many types of daypacks, I have to admit I enjoy the comfortable one I presently own. I purchased it as a computer bag at Panthip, however I use as a daypack, it is perfect. In many way I feel I should recommend people to take great care in buying their daypack than their traveler packs.

I can easily travel for one week with this small daypack, when I leave my major luggage in storage and do the spider method of travel.

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Travel Lifestyle the Point of No Return

Travel Lifestyle the Point of No Return
Mira a friend of mine I met in Guatemala is here in Bangkok, she is from the USA and 21 years old.

When we talk, I often find myself talking like a father, more than a friend.

Bangkok, Thailand
Monday, October 27, 2008
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I was trying to explain to her yesterday and the Anthropology groups that have now moved from Taipei, Taiwan to Bangkok, Thailand.

“There is a point of no return with some of this craziness; there is a point where you can never change back. What you do today can cause you problems for the rest of your life.”

I am 53 now, not a kid, not an infant, I am an adult, I went over the edge when I was younger, became an alcoholic, had not respect for my elders.

HUGE mistake and one I will pay for, for the rest of my life.

There is an illusionary world of the common traveler; they often lose touch with what a normal person in their country is doing. As they move farther away from normal, they finally cross the line where they no longer can fit into normal society.

My estimate if that about 95 percent of the travelers who stay out more than two years have extreme social interaction problems upon trying to return to normal jobs.

Travel Lifestyle the Point of No Return

Retirement Too much Extra Time

Retirement Too much Extra Time

"Retiring is easy. Then comes the hard part -- staying that way. "
- BILL WARD, Star Tribune

I have a problem, I started to read a Tom Clancy book and three weeks later, I am still reading the same book. I finally gave up on the book and purchased a used Robert Ludlum book.

What a great problem.

Bangkok, Thailand
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Blog of Andy --- --- Travel Bag Design Survey --- Professional Traveler Bag

The days can be long; being a perpetual traveler is the same as being retired. There is too much extra time. I read books to occupy my extra time, learn about other places and just drift away. I truly could not imagine traveling without books, however recently I realized one bad book could make time come to a stop. I normally love Tom Clancy book, however I believe now that he works with other writers to write the books they have lost some edge.

I am amusing myself today, trying to learn from Retired people, what they do with their extra time. I have been off into google search world, pulling on that never ending thread.

Funny, most of the pages explain how to get part time jobs; it is difficult to find pages on how to stay retired. Truly the page were of little value, the majority of writers just revert into some type of daily todo list make the person have a "New Job,"

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
.... yourself

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