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Arthur Frommer 10 Myths of Travel

Arthur Frommer - 10 Myths of Travel
I do not know Arthur Frommer, however occasionally his mental path crosses mine, and I am told to listen. I would like to say to him one day,
“You are a traveler, a master of what we do.”

I found some of his brilliance scatters around on his Blog. I then subscribed, I was not aware he even had a Blog.

He has the Ten Myths of Travel

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First Three Myths about Travel

Four Five and Six Myths of Travel

Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten Myths of Travel

His daughter Pauline added some and made some changes,

17 Myths of Travel

I will say I agree with the majority of his myths, maybe I would challenge a couple of them, however overall, some truly great advice.

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The Reasons we have Money Problems

The Reasons we have Money Problems
Napoleon Hill wrote a great book called,
“Think and Grow Rich.” Below are over 30 reasons he listed in the book why people fail. I read this book over 25 years ago and hope I still apply the principles in my daily life always. My theory is this, if I can stop myself from failure, then what is left over is success.

The looming economic problems in the world are not about big corporations, these problems need to be blamed on people. The sad part is we need to blame the majority of people on the planet. The majority of the people on the planet had,

"irrational exuberance" and "infectious greed".
- Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve

When a person purchases more than they need, it is greed.

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UNFAVORABLE HEREDITARY BACKGROUND. There is but little, if anything, which can be done for people who are born with a deficiency in brain power. This philosophy offers but one method of bridging this weakness—through the aid of the Master Mind. Observe with profit, however, that this is the ONLY one of the thirty causes of failure which may not be easily corrected by any individual.

LACK OF A WELL-DEFINED PURPOSE IN LIFE. There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim. Ninety-eight out of every hundred of those whom I have analyzed, had no such aim.

LACK OF AMBITION TO AIM ABOVE MEDIOCRITY. We offer no hope for the person who is so indifferent as not to want to get ahead in life, and who is not willing to pay the price.

INSUFFICIENT EDUCATION. This is a handicap which may be overcome with comparative ease. Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often those who are known as “self-made,” or self-educated. It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education. Any person who is educated is one who has learned to get whatever he wants in life without violating the rights of others. Education consists, not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently APPLIED. Men are paid, not merely for what they know, but more particularly for WHAT THEY DO WITH THAT WHICH THEY KNOW.

LACK OF SELF-DISCIPLINE. Discipline comes through self-control. This means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle.
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. You may see at one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.

ILL HEALTH. No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health. Many of the causes of ill health are subject to mastery and control. These, in the main are:
a. Overeating of foods not conducive to health
b. Wrong habits of thought; giving expression to negatives.
c. Wrong use of, and over indulgence in sex.
d. Lack of proper physical exercise
e. An inadequate supply of fresh air, due to improper breathing.

UNFAVORABLE ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES DURING CHILDHOOD. “As the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow.” Most people who have criminal tendencies acquire them as the result of bad environment, and improper associates during childhood.

PROCRASTINATION. This is one of the most common causes of failure. “Old Man Procrastination” stands within the shadow of every human being, waiting his opportunity to spoil one’s chances of success. Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

LACK OF PERSISTENCE. Most of us are good “starters” but poor “finishers” of everything we begin. Moreover, people are prone to give up at the first signs of defeat. There is no substitute for
PERSISTENCE. The person who makes PERSISTENCE his watch-word, discovers that “Old Man Failure” finally becomes tired, and makes his departure. Failure cannot cope with PERSISTENCE.

NEGATIVE PERSONALITY. There is no hope of success for the person who repels people through a negative personality. Success comes through the application of POWER, and power is attained through the cooperative efforts of other people. A negative personality will not induce cooperation.

LACK OF CONTROLLED SEXUAL URGE. Sex energy is the most
powerful of all the stimuli which move people into ACTION. Because it is the most powerful of the emotions, it must be controlled, through transmutation, and converted into other channels.

UNCONTROLLED DESIRE FOR “SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.” The gambling instinct drives millions of people to failure. Evidence of this may be found in a study of the Wall Street crash of ‘29, during which millions of people tried to make money by gambling on stock margins.

LACK OF A WELL DEFINED POWER OF DECISION. Men who succeed reach decisions promptly, and change them, if at all, very slowly. Men who fail, reach decisions, if at all, very slowly, and change them frequently, and quickly. Indecision and procrastination are twin brothers. Where one is found, the other may usually be found also. Kill off this pair before they completely “hog-tie” you to the treadmill of FAILURE.

WRONG SELECTION OF A MATE IN MARRIAGE. This a most common cause of failure. The relationship of marriage brings people intimately into contact. Unless this relationship is harmonious, failure is likely to follow. Moreover, it will be a form of failure that is marked by misery and unhappiness, destroying all signs of AMBITION.
OVER-CAUTION. The person who takes no chances, generally has to take whatever is left when others are through choosing. Over-caution is as bad as under-caution. Both are extremes to be guarded against. Life itself is filled with the element of chance.

WRONG SELECTION OF ASSOCIATES IN BUSINESS. This is one of the most common causes of failure in business. In marketing personal services, one should use great care to select an employer who will be an inspiration, and who is, himself, intelligent and successful. We emulate those with whom we associate most closely. Pick an employer who is worth emulating.

SUPERSTITION AND PREJUDICE. Superstition is a form of fear. It is also a sign of ignorance. Men who succeed keep open minds and are afraid of nothing.

WRONG SELECTION OF A VOCATION. No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like. The most essential step in the marketing of personal services is that of selecting an occupation into which you can throw yourself wholeheartedly.

LACK OF CONCENTRATION OF EFFORT. The “jack-of-all-trades” seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one DEFINITE CHIEF AIM.

THE HABIT OF INDISCRIMINATE SPENDING. The spend-thrift cannot succeed, mainly because he stands eternally in FEAR OF

POVERTY. Form the habit of systematic saving by putting aside a definite percentage of your income. Money in the bank gives one a very safe foundation of COURAGE when bargaining for the sale of personal services. Without money, one must take what one is offered, and be glad to get it.

LACK OF ENTHUSIASM. Without enthusiasm one cannot be convincing. Moreover, enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people.

INTOLERANCE. The person with a “closed” mind on any subject seldom gets ahead. Intolerance means that one has stopped acquiring knowledge. The most damaging forms of intolerance are those connected with religious, racial, and political differences of opinion.

INTEMPERANCE. The most damaging forms of intemperance are connected with eating, strong drink, and sexual activities. Overindulgence in any of these is fatal to success.

INABILITY TO COOPERATE WITH OTHERS. More people lose their positions and their big opportunities in life, because of this fault, than for all other reasons combined. It is a fault which no well-informed business man, or leader will tolerate.

POSSESSION OF POWER THAT WAS NOT ACQUIRED THROUGH SELF EFFORT. (Sons and daughters of wealthy men, and others who inherit money which they did not earn). Power in the hands of one who did not acquire it gradually, is often fatal to success. QUICK RICHES are more dangerous than poverty.

INTENTIONAL DISHONESTY. There is no substitute for honesty. One may be temporarily dishonest by force of circumstances over which one has no control, without permanent damage. But, there is

NO HOPE for the person who is dishonest by choice. Sooner or later, his deeds will catch up with him, and he will pay by loss of reputation, and perhaps even loss of liberty.

EGOTISM AND VANITY. These qualities serve as red lights which warn others to keep away. THEY ARE FATAL TO SUCCESS.

GUESSING INSTEAD OF THINKING. Most people are too indifferent or lazy to acquire FACTS with which to THINK ACCURATELY. They prefer to act on “opinions” created by guesswork or snap-judgments.

LACK OF CAPITAL. This is a common cause of failure among those who start out in business for the first time, without sufficient reserve of capital to absorb the shock of their mistakes, and to carry them over until they have established a REPUTATION.


--- I will add my personal problem,
“Micro Management of People.” I need to just let them go and make their own messes and allow them to clean them up also.

The Reasons we have Money Problems

Are the Koh Larn Thailand Monks Violent

Are the Koh Larn Thailand Monks Violent
I always thought of the Thailand Buddhist Monks as passive, I have heard stories about killers hiding in the monasteries, and how maybe they deal drugs… however, that was rumors, I do know they have many electronics and computers, I always see them in Panthip Computer Mall.

However, here are a few photos of the Buddhist Monastery on the Island of Koh Larn just off the cost of Pattaya, Thailand that will seem out of place.

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Grenade Launcher Statue in front of a couple of Buddhist Statues on the Island of Koh Larn, Thailand.

A bigger view, there is a statue of a soldier with a gun behind the fence.

These two are protecting a something, maybe a Stupa inside the same Monastery.

He has a grenade in his hand.

Not sure, what is up with this Buddhist Monastery on the Island of Koh Larn just off the cost of Pattaya, Thailand. I do admit, some of the characters who visit Pattaya may need a baseball bat side the head now and then, but grenades are a little drastic.

I am waiting, I want to hear the story behind these Soldiers Statues helping the Monks of Koh Larn...

Are the Koh Larn Thailand Monks Violent

Working on Project

Working on Project
I have this is project, the King Lizard size web site called,

13,000,000 pages now and growing. (Millions)

I have decided I need to make a choice, I need to double my daily work load from two hours to four hours, I think even occasionally I shall work six hours.

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When I said,
“I need to make a choice,”
The choice is to do this project properly or half measures. Sometimes a project is to going to the jungle, and this could be called fun, and sometimes it is work.

I would say this project is fun, it is playing 10 games of chess at same time.

Working on Project

Koh Larn

Koh Larn
Maybe Koh Lan

I am amiss, I have a Thailand girl that one time told me,
“If you go live on Sukhumvit I will never talk to you.”

I tend to agree with her opinion on Sukhumvit, and then she said the other day,
“Let’s go to Koh Lan.”

I finally found it on the map, and I said,
“Do you know where this Island is located?”

Koh Larn or maybe Koh Lan
Island off the Beach of Pattaya, Thailand
Sunday, October 19, 2008
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Koh Larn is an Island a short distance, or 20 Baht Ferry trip off the shores of the city of Pattaya, Thailand or the beaches of Pattaya.

I would say that Pattaya is the epicenter of the Boom Boom Bar Girl business on planet earth. I know that Cuba and Brazil have a big trade, I am sure that Angeles City in the Philippines is a whopper. However, I would say overall my guess is Pattaya is the center of this business. All the men of the world, all the tourist of the world, all the people who wish to get in touch with their inner fantasies find all roads lead to Pattaya. I believe 50 percent of the tourist may be women, do not try to say this is a man thing, and the city of Pattaya obviously has tons of Women Tourist.

I asked her a few times.
“Do you know where Koh Larn is located?”

Koh Larn is probably the correct way of spelling this, even though the has the description of the Island totally screwed up. Every sign around says Koh Larn, when I purchased the ferry ticket, when I say a Police Boat, all had the words “Koh Larn” on them, however I do believe the way you pronounce it is “Koh Lan.”

I have been visited Thailand for many years and have never been to Pattaya, and I do not go to Patong. I now have spoiled my record. I was kind of hoping to stay out of this city, and again I asked her,
“Do you know where Koh Larn is located?”

Well, here I am on some weird Island by the name of Koh Larn, of the coast of Pattaya. The people who visit this Island are the people who visit Pattaya.

I am not sure; this is as if stepping is like jumping through mud puddles in a red clay driveway. You can think you are not getting mud on your shoes, but I guarantee you are.

We drove in a small Song Tow or them little truck collective taxis from the Bus station to the boat Pier that left for Koh Larn.

When I got off the bus, a Western man said to me,
“Don’t go in the water.”

All in all the Island of a Koh Larn is a Factory Beach, they have and assembly line process of managing tourist.

Small Truck to Pier for 30 Baht
Buy a Ticket for Boat 20 Baht
Small Truck to end of pier for 5 Baht, except when raining then the guy raises the prices to 10.

Boat to Island
Small Trucks and Motorbikes meet you at dock.
Go to the beach of your choice, lay under umbrella and swim.
Do the same process in reverse.

This is at best a day trip when you are bored, we finally decided to rent one the most expensive motorcycle in Thailand and visit the Island and I found nothing but a big knob of rock with a few ok beaches with no inner peace and traffic jam of motorcycles.

Truly one of the worst Islands in Thailand I have visited.

I also call this a “Seen You Coming Beach.”

You get off the boat and they have the traps set, everything is double the price if not triple. Except strangely the bottle of water are 5 Baht and cheaper than even in Bangkok.

There are very few Farang on the beach; this is Thai Umbrella Beach for a weekend trip with a too many Chinese, Japanese and Koreans taking pictures as normal.

I have to admit, this beach helps to make Bali seem good, when I would consider it a horrible beach vacation.

A Day At Koh Larn
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Koh Larn

I Wished to Live Deliberately

I Wished to Live Deliberately

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854), II, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

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Friday, October 17, 2008
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Mom and Dad wrote today.

Hi Andy, I have been reading this book called Time Is a River by Mary Alice Monroe. I do not know if she has written other books but this is the first I have read, very interesting. Anyway, at the beginning of each chapter was a quote and I thought you might enjoy this one because it made me think of you. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived Henry David Thoreau Anyway, sometimes I think this is why you travel and live in the manner you do. Your birthday is coming up and it makes me think that since you are working on 11 years travel there must be some satisfaction and learning from your life experience. love prayers mom dad


It is a good day when you stars align, and a Mother and Father understand their Son.

Thanks to Mom and Dad, I am their Son.

I read Walden a few times while in High School and have continued to reread this book in the hope of staying on path. Everybody needs a guidebook and I feel Henry David Thoreau wrote one for me when he wrote Walden.

Andy a Traveler

I Wished to Live Deliberately

Finding Hyperinflation Countries

Finding Hyperinflation Countries
I wrote a post a week ago about “Traveling to where the dollar is strong. "

I have been mixed up on this for years, I finally have the correct way of viewing this problem that affects the value of the dollar exchange. What I need to do is find countries that have Hyperinflation.

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Friday, October 17, 2008
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I just discovered that Zimbabwe had Hyperinflation in 2007, maybe is still having this serious problem.

I know this is bad for a country; however, it is a windfall for a traveler.

I put a Google Alert for Hyperinflation, if this word pops up on the internet, then Google will send me an email.

I am happy; I hope I have found the way to follow this windfall for a traveler’s budget.

This is really best understood when you plan to visit every country on the planet.

Finding Hyperinflation Countries

Thailand Best Value for Christmas 2008

Thailand Best Value for Christmas 2008
Thailand is has had a Military Coup, protesters being killed, and now a fight with Cambodia.

Providing the King does not die, I would say Thailand is queued up to be one of the best tourst places to visit on the planet this winter Christmas Snow bird season.

If you wanted to travel to Thailand, I would say now is the time.
(Providing the King does not die.)

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Friday, October 17, 2008
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Even though these problems seem bad, these problems and the doubling of the price of jet fuel has made Thailand a great place. Less crazy tourist, less tattoos, less dreads, less of every type of pervert on the planet, revealing the true beauty of this country almost always wrapped in tourist.

A person can actually get rooms, walk in peace and quiet in a nation with some of the best Island Paradises on the planet.

Too many tourist can destroy a country, and right now tourist are at an all time low, so I would say, Thailand is the place to be, before CNN and BBC stops making this look like doomsday you may want to be here.

I truly have trouble finding a protest; nothing can be seen unless you go looking for a problem.

Thailand Best Value for Christmas 2008