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ISSUE:  104
DATE:  January 6, 2003
Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - New Years Predictions 2003
TIP:  New Years Predictions 2003



Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - New Years Predictions 2003
Issue 104 Hobotraveler.com - January 6, 2003
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 5

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         How I feel today..
           Laos - Better to read the stories first.
           A great way to look a photos.
~   HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)
        Location of Hobo and opinions
            PRIMITIVE LAOS
~   HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
            NEW YEAR PREDICTIONS 2003
            Most expensive habits and desires.
           Scott’s Bike Trip Around World
~   TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
          MY ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn
           Making objects and books travel.. hehehe
          Mike on staying off internet, and Walter
          ask why his choice is not in Top 10 sites.
~   HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks


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How I feel today, or a start down
the proverbial travelers path.

“Can you accept people, & cultures
just the way they are?”
- Kirt in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
December 23, 2000


Better to read the stories first.
A great way to look a photos.

Luang Prabang to Pak Mong
Pak Mong to Muang Khiaw or Muang Ngoi
UXO - Indian Lady - Flat tire - Muang Ngoi
What the hell is Mak Kio or Mak Khio? Hope not opium.
Nam Kham - Mountains - Hill Tribes Laos


~   HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)


I just left Nam Khio or Nam Kham in northern
Laos. It is the path between northern Laos
and Vietnam. The road that leads Hanoi City
Vietnam in the top of Laos.

I have feelings that I was in a primitive place.
Something close to the origins of human culture.
A place that is at the back of the line in development.
A place that lives really does not need
the outside world. All the food, shelter, and
needs are made or grown locally.

I have photo links above that explains, but
finish reading before looking.

The contact with the world was minimum.
They did have televisions, but no real telephones
and very few cars passed through the villages
in a day. The television was their main source of
information of the outside world. This is a soap
opera, and music mentality.

I was sitting in front of my 1 dollar a night
guesthouse and reading my book.
People would walk by, stop, stare, and
sometimes say something. I realized that I was the
tourist attraction and people were walking by
to view me. It is normal that people look at me all
the time, but this was a different form of looking.
I was not sure some of them had every seen a
“Big Nose” person, or Dang Moh as they call us
or a “Farang” the Foreigner.

Mothers would stop and point at me. Showing the
children what I looked like. Sometimes they seem
to forget I was a human, and maybe I was an animal
that did not need to be recognized or to be aware that
we were making eye contact. A cow will look at you,
and you will look at the cow. But you do not care
what the cow is thinking or feeling. There is no priority
that you must acknowledge the mental existence of the cow.
I felt like a cow that people were looking at, and they
would try to be careful walking the path so that
we did not bump or get too close.

A cow may be mentally slower than a human, but
I can guarantee they have the right of way of the path
if they demand it. They are more powerful and stronger.

I waited for 2 days for a truck to pass by that would
give me a ride further down the road. I really did
not care where, but just further down the road.
It was the New Years celebration and this made
the situation worst. All traffic took a pause.

But I did not have control.
I could not change the situation.
I was powerless. Normal.

I could walk around looking at the village.
Look at the people, and eat. I was like
a cow walking around in the pasture for the
day, chewing its cud, and waiting to have
the farmer come for milking. The farmer
has the control, not the cow. Maybe?

There is a one tourist area where the travelers
congregate in Nam Khio. I was talking with a
couple and they asked,
“When have you felt afraid?”

I really could only remember a couple of times
when I had that clear feeling of fear. One time
was of people or other humans, and the other time
was of nature. Humans though are a lot more
dangerous than nature. I can avoid nature.
But humans are unpredictable, and can do things.
It is possible to make mistakes.

I asked the adopted or accidental tour guide
that was with me and the Brit on the Mekong
boat trip from Chang Khong, Thailand to Luang
Prabang, Laos if I could stay in one of the riverbank
villages for the night. He said,
“No, you could make a mistake.
They might kill you.”

I ask him what type of mistake, and he really
got fuzzy or offhanded at that, and could not come
up with a clear answer. Now he was 21 years old
and wants us to trust him. He was a guide and
that is our duty. Trust the guide and listen.
I was laughing to myself. Thinking that in reality
the guide was afraid, and I was not.
But I probably have 5 more years experience
in meeting other cultures, and know how to
make mistake better than him.

In the end. We do learn by our mistakes.
I have made a lot of mistakes, and have
learned the thousands of ways to irritate
or make angry other cultures.

I am either masochistic or sadistic.
I test the waters, or see where the boundaries
are located. I see if it is a wall, a barrier,
or a door that needs opened.
Good fun.

A person can make a mistake with people
by not understanding the culture of the person.
I can make a mistake with nature by not
anticipating the potential problems. Whether
rain, cold, altitude, or needs for provisions.

I believe that most travelers or tourist tend
to go look at nature, or buildings because it
is safer or they feel more in control. When
I talk with people. I am positive I am not in
control. They are and I am at their mercy.
99 percent of people are good, and do
not want to harm you, but there is the 1 percent
that have this desire for power or to harm.

So the art form of not having troubles with
people is to recognize who is the 1 in 100.
And to make sure they do not create a
“Mob Mentality” against you.

The ability to smell, feel, sense, or remember
from experience. The knowledge of your
how your instincts, and intuition works is what
a guide should have, or know. How to keep you
safe in the middle of uncontrollable situations.
Plus a good knowledge of the local areas history
and attractions.

I had a small problem on New Years Day.
The locals of Nam Kham kept trying to be
nice to me, and offer me Beer or Whiskey.
One guy dragged me to meet his family
that were completely intoxicated already.
Everyone was drunk and they want me to share
in the fun.

I do not drink alcohol, I do not smoke cigarettes.
I DO eat meat.

They wanted me to drink, smoke, and eat something
that seemed like a bone. I tried to eat the bone
but was not able and gave up. They never stopped on the
pushing me to drink, and finally they got angry.
I tried to dance with them, and this sort of appeased
the locals, but than the one brother wanted to bump
bodies, and kissed me on the neck. I sort of turned
him around, and tried to point him at women.
Everyone here in Laos has short hair, and mine
being longer. I think he thought I was better looking
than the available local women.

The whole situation was interesting, but it was
one of them....
Maybe I could make a big mistake situations?

How to explain these situations convoluted.
There is you. There is me. There is us.
To keep you head, and to always keep the situation
in an “US” situation. We are sharing the experiences.
There is no you, and me. We are together.

Lots of people fit in easy and share the drink
and eat the food. Sharing in the festivities and
all getting drunk together. I enjoy watching and
observing. There is this illusion that persist that
if we drink together and watch sports together
than we are friends. The person that shares
a situation is really not the act of sharing a good
time, but the one that does not believe
they are in better or worst shape. Just the same.
Doing something together is sharing an experience.
To believe you are the same is an attitude.
I find that people have an extreme prejudice
against things or situation less than them.
If the person has less THINGS, they are not equal.
If the person is dirty, they are not equal.
These subconscious thoughts have a smell
that people cannot hide.

This is humorous to observe when the traveler
decides to become best friends with the least
respected and bum of the community. They act
like the bum, drink like the bum, and share and
buy for the bum. So they are bum also.
Fortunately most bums are not a danger to people
except when they think they are not bums and
demand a towel, or something like justice.

I am good in these situations and have no
real troubles. The group trying to get me to drink
were not a problem, just an annoyance. There was
a father figure watching the situation, that was
watching my back and helping. We was having a long
conversation with our eyes as his sons, cousins,
and neighbors push glasses of beer at me.
Like a the great ape... watching.

So I keep situations in a shared mentality of
being us and not you or me. Recognize the powers
that be, and pay homage, cower, or let them
know what type of dog I am also. I can be
the big dog, or a little dog. I recognize my position
in the pack.

I have a somewhat standard answer when
people ask me what country I am from,
I say,
“I am from a small country on the other side
of the planet.”
They ask, or they may guess.
I then will say.
They laugh and tell me,
“It is not small.”
I know this, and they know this, but
we are sharing the planet.

I meet crazy people, or the 1 percent
that cause problems for everyone.
They are always testing and looking.
Asking themselves
“Is he as crazy as me?”

Happy New Year

Today's - Going this way is about
New Year Predictions for 2003

Today tip is about why
English is expensive.

Just another day in Paradise!
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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I need only 1 dollar from you per year.

How much money needed to be a Hobo?
5400 Dollars USA per year.
Started November 19, 2002
Since last letter: $252
My daily cost is about $15
199 dollars in the HOLE.





Travel has had some interesting twist in the
last year. Terrorism has interfered with the fun
and ability to make tourist money. The bombing in Bali
was a huge mistake for the terrorist of the world.
They have attacked a neutral location and now
everyone is against them. But like naughty children.
Their parents in their home countries are finally
deciding to reprimand them. The Bali disaster
has convinced local governments to get involved
before and not afterwards because it effected
their national economy.

A parent should watch their children.
A country should police its people.
The life expectancy of religious zealots is short.

But the world is becoming steadily safer and
with countries worried, they will work harder
to insure the safety of foreigners.

Tourism, television, pizza, and MTV are conquering
the planet. Making it safe for a person with a
portable CD music box, complete with the headphones
to walk around in a purple haze.

I try to keep my finger on the pulse of travel.
It is a globalization of the planet done by tourist.
The world needs to double the sleeping accommodations.
One for at home, and one for when the person
travels. Everyone has decided they will
go on holiday or take a vacation.

So what is new?

Internet is becoming boring, and not the
answer to all problems as hoped. The illusions has
ended and it is time to get down to business.

My trips and travels are looking good.
I have figured or calculated if I can get
only 1 dollar from each of you, than I can continue
to enjoy writing this newsletter .

I anticipate going to Tibet, India. Pakistan, Israel
and the beach in the next year. The beach is
always in my plans.

Adopt a Hobo. Send Andy the Hobo to the beach.

Thanks to all of your support and may
a friendly God find you and adopt you this year.
The HoboTraveler.com

*   *   *    *   *   *   *

1.   2003
E-Tickets for airplane flights become standard, and the cost
of a paper tickets will cost 10 percent more or be

2.    2003
A major newspaper or magazine will write an
article that exposes the widespread Eco-Tourism
scams and rip-offs and causing more problem
than solving.

3.    2001
Footprints Handbooks will get a larger market
share from Lonely Planet.

4.    2001
Internet access will be provided free in Hostels, as an
incentive to live there. Similar to the free breakfast.

5.    2001
Airplane tickets cost will continue to decrease for international
travel. People will start realize. It is cheaper to fly international,
it is to fly Domestic.

6. 2001
Oregon, Washington, Colorado will lead the USA in a new
trend to go backpacking for 3-6 month trips.

7.   2001
A system for small hotels, to take
reservations, and accept Credit Cards, and Debit Card
easily will be developed.

8.   2001
Interactive travel reports will become common. You
will be able to read, and comment on hotels, places, and
travel questions immediately. The information will become
very current, so you read updated information. Plus lots more

9.    2001
Large decreases in the average cost of rooms, at the major hotel
chains because of the booking of rooms directly with the
smaller independent hotels directly through their WebPages.
This competition will put some major hotels out of business,
and force downsizing.

10.    2001
Shakira will e-mail me, (Colombian Singer) POR FAVOR!
Just seeing if your reading.

*   *   *    *   *   *   *

1.    2003
Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, EBAY, Amazon are forced
to admit they have been successfully hacked
and that the data is not safe.

2.    2003
A new genre of guidebooks will emerge that
interrelates the guidebook with the webpage
updates. Not just a correlating webpage but
actual specific categories.

3.    2002
Webcams at hotels and tourist locations will become

4.    2001
Internet access service will be nationalized in lots of countries.
Access will either be provide by the government, or
the large telephone companies will provide it directly. Ending
the business life of the small internet providers of access.

5.    2001
Internet cafes will decrease, and eventually
go out of business, as hotels, restaurants, other business’s
add internet as an additional incentive to enter their business.

6.    2001
Satellite Access to the internet will take over, and
the cost of access to the internet will plummet, because
of because countries will compete to provide you service,
and not just local companies.

7.    2001
The ability to talk, and listen to e-mails will start.
85 percent of the market right now is not touched,
because they cannot read, write, or type well.
This embarrassment will be removed.
Internet teleconferencing will grow rapidly.

8.   2001
The use of mini film strips on the internet to advertise
will start to dominate.

9.   2001
Integration of the TV and the Computer into one device.

10.    2001
The internet will be used as a way to expose corruption.
Pictures, movies, and data will be released to the public
anonymously, and corruption will decrease.

*   *   *    *   *   *   *
(The webpage and newsletter)

1.    2003
HoboTraveler.com goes from and average
of 750 unique visitors per day to 5000.

2.     2003
Worldwide scavenger hunt take hold
and people start to play.

3.    2003
Book is published and creates a working profit
model and proper funding for site.

4.    2003
One joint business venture is formed

5.    2003
Newsletter subscribers goes from 3000
to 10,000.

*   *   *    *   *   *   *

2001 - TRUE
Countries with pay per minute telephone service, will change
there telephone services, or internet access, to be more
competitive with the world market. This will be as of result
of government intervention.
Example: In Venezuela you can buy
a line, that measures the amount of information that
went through the line. You are only charged for the quantity of
information sent, and received.

Note: The competition has come form the mobile
phone industry. As people have decided it is cheaper
than a line telephone is many countries.

Bank ATM ( Automatic Teller Machine ) or Debit cards use will
increase, and Traveler Checks will decrease, as people find
them easier, and safer.

Buying of Airplane tickets on the internet will become normal.
With the ability to pick up your ticket at the airport,
and end of need to carry a ticket to the airport.

Internet telephone will disappear, as the telephone
companies reduce the cost for normal service worldwide.

*   *   *    *   *   *   *

The free internet e-mail services, Example: Hotmail. Yahoo
will increase their box size to 20 megs, and keep growing.

Bad Prediction. WebPages that make their living by advertising
dollars are decreasing services, and not increasing. The free email
services having trouble making enough money to provide normal service
and it would not surprise me if HOTMAIL and other free services
decrease service now to try to coerce you into paying for your

Another year on the road is at end.
Happy New Years


Just another day in Paradise!
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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Most expensive habits and desires.

Would you like to stop work?
Live a simple life.

In the fast food, service oriented world
of western culture, convenience and speed
are considered needed.
But are they really a need, or a luxury?

Along the way we develop some habits.
Some habits are more expensive than others.
Most of the tourist I encounter in my travels have
one major annoying characteristic.
The need for speed.
The need for an itinerary.
A need to schedule of when, where,
what, and why how they enjoy life.

This is not simple or essential living.
It is working your vacation.
It is working your retirement.
It is trying to live your life in one day.

Here are some thoughts and ideas on
habits, and desires that cost sometime
too much...

In order of cost.

This is probably 1/2 the budget of
the majority of travelers.

A reservation will make the cost of room
5-10 times more expensive.
A reservation is only good when held
with a credit card. Without money to hold
it, than you are only hoping. A reservation is best
or maybe needed normally on the first
night in a country.

2. CAR
Most of the long term travelers have long ago
given up the idea of renting a car.
There is no need for a car or motorcycle
The cost is ridiculously high, extravagant,
and dangerous. Plus just make you go
fast when you may want to slow down.

This is a nebulous or difficult idea.
You need a plan, and you should work
your plan, but do not need your plan
to be work?

People plan too much, and spend too
much time planning. They miss the flavors
and smells or a country. To find a nice place
that is affordable and fun. I wait, when a good idea
or place of visit is made easy, and affordable
than I go. I make jumps between
hotels, or guesthouses and not really cities.
I ask around and find the next best place to live.
This sort of affordable living in not possible
when you need to leave the next day.

Anything or anyone that speaks English
cost more money. I would say the ability
to talk in English normally doubles the cost
of a restaurant, hotel, attraction. They speak
your language to make more money.
And they do!

If you say this is a necessity.
Double your cost, and in the tropical
areas where it is real hot. It will make
the cost of a room 2-10 times more

If it has that word attached to it...
It is expensive.

Most traveler and tourist do not
have a problem with the telephone.
But now with mobile telephones I have
notice more and more travelers with
the mobile telephone. The internet
is the only way to communicate that
is cost effective for a traveler.

If for some reason you feel the need
to have that resort, or that place isolated, alone
with no one to bother you. The cost can
either go down to nothing, or it can rise
to level of total luxury. Living in isolation is
normally cheap. But the cost of transportation
to your hideaway can cost more than the room.
The cost of transportation is part of the
the room cost. The reason a lot of hotel
provide pickup services is because they
know the initial cost could scare you away
before they get in the snare.
Then... they got you.

A Coke here, a soda on the way.
I was always astounded that in
South America it would cost more
for a cup of coffee than my meal.
Do you always need this?

The girlfriend, the boyfriend.
There is a temptation to be a big
spender. This may impress the women.
But the Beatles were probably right.
“Money can’t buy you love.”

That was my list of problems.
Things that can explode the cost of your
vacation, and you start to cringe.
If you go to the ATM machine
daily.... Maybe one of the above
has became your money pit.

Just another day in Paradise!
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 5 of Hobo trip around the world.
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I need only 1 dollar from you per year to


Archives of Scotts Story


“Peanut Gallery”
Fun tips - Here's a little tip from me, to you,
as an experienced traveler.

Peanuts are grown in sandy soil close to
the Mekong River, Laos.
This is maybe the reason they call this the
country of a Million Elephants.


by Daniel Quinn

It about a great ape instructing or teaching a young
girl how to navigate the world. The idea is that he will
help her to save the planet from self destruction
by eliciting from her, what she already knows about
“Mother Culture.”

The book harbors some pre-conceived assumptions
that you must allow to be hypothetically true.
Like the world is getting worst and not better...

I think the writer is somewhat brilliant or somewhat
stupid. I think I will have to read a couple of his other
books before I decide.

The book is worth reading, but do not take too seriously.
It could be dangerous to take some of his deductions
and accept as facts. It is full of opinions and I think that
is part of the beauty of the book. Lots of contradictions.
But Daniel Quinn has a knack for observing and deducing
concepts that are intuitive. He can take a lot of general
concepts and link them together or explain the common
denominators. Example:

“Because, if the food wasn’t under lock and key, Julie
would work?”
Page 39

That his explanation of economy.
It is a simple and amusing read.
Provocative and intuitive.

3 STARS...
Slow at times, and plays
on peoples prejudices too much for higher score.


Making objects and books travel.. hehehe
CHANG SAEN, JS Guesthouse in Chang Saen.
The Lonely Planet, Thailand
Ranong - Spring Guesthouse - and Umbrella hidden
in the Air Conditioner Unit
LUANG PRABANG - The book the "The Beach"
Given to Max on the way to Bangkok.
Traded 2 books with the place that has movies.
- The Certainty of Doing Evil & The magic Bullet
1 Jeffery Archer book in the place
where you pay 5000 Kip and one book to trade.
- To cut a long story short
IQUITOS - Ask for Wally - An electric hot plate



Ask question or make comments.
Read other peoples comments.

   ~   HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks

MONK - An Italian goes girl goes up in the front
of the Sang Tawl with the driver. Her friend says to me,
"Just like a monk"


I need only 1 dollar from you per year to

"Thank you, Lord, for thinkin'
'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
I’m alive and doing fine.‘
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