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When to stop Traveling?

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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  098
DATE:  November 19, 2002
TIP:  When to stop Traveling?
LOCATION:  Chang Mai Thailand





That is a nagging question?
I am asked more from other people than
myself, but it is still a question that
maybe deserves an answer?
“Andy, when will you stop traveling?”

My answer vary from to day, and I try
to be creative. My normal answer is to
blame it on a woman by saying,
“I will probably meet some nice woman
and not have a good excuse to leave.”
This will stop my journey, but in reality
I am always asking the woman on day
“Do you like to travel?”

These questions, and answers are
part of what I call the interview.
It is the normal exchange of questions
when I meet a person.
Who are you?
What is your name?
When do you go?
Where did you come from?
What country?
What did you do in your country?
How long do you travel?
When will you STOP?

Almost every person meet
and converse with gives me the
interview, or I give them the interview.
It is an extremely common event.


I received an email the other day from
a person that said,
“It was the loneliness and the constant
repetition of these questions that stop
her in the end.”
She hated to have people ask or
give her the interview.

I stopped in Bangkok at a small
road side food stand. They had a few
tables and such for the pedestrians
to sit and eat. It was a little unique
and quite a cozy corner of the
street with ample shade.
A very comfortable location.

I realized that the woman next
to me is a girl I encountered earlier
in the day, when I had said a sort of
rude comment.
I instantly went into an apology
on the situation.
She was wearing a fish net type
dress, with a Bikini underneath
and walking down Khao San Road.
My comment was,
“That is alluring.”

The statement was a little too personal
and in the code of travelers and tourist.
It is against the rules to notice or
give special attention to strange people.
So when I see an Mohawk haircut, or
a girl with 20 piercing of her body,
or purple hair, or dreads and many variation
of dress I am suppose to pretend it is
all completely normal.
And the truth is for travelers.
It is normal to dress like a clown.

OK this woman did not deserve me
embarrassing her, and I should not have
broken the rules. But I just said what
came to my mind, before I thought.

She told me she went home and changed.
I said,
“I am sorry, I did not mean to embarrass you.”
Hmmm thinking to myself.
Was that true or untrue?

This is a chance encounter,
and in someway an interview.
I start on to discus the normal questions
and she stops me.
“Do we have to do this?
When, who, where, why you travel?”

Both the email and this chance
conversation were about people that
should stop traveling.

They have come to the conclusion
that people have no value.
When they no longer have time
for the daily interviews.
It is time to go home.

There are times also for me
when I do not want to see people.
It more about manners.
A person cuts in line,
or is just naturally rude.
Thailand has a lot of that.
But that is a natural rudeness, and
manners, and part of their culture.
Not a reason to leave.
Avoid yes, but leave no.

But If I do not wish, and will NOT
enter into the interview with another
person than it is time to stop traveling.
People are important and
when they stop being important
than bad things will happen in my life.

To me is the process of becoming jaded.
A hardness is developing.
I see this in myself, and am aware
of that I am becoming Jaded.
For fun I have a section on Jaded comments
and gossip in this newsletter.
It is an acknowledgement to myself and
others that I and the world become
Jaded after awhile, and if nothing
else I should laugh at myself.

I have told numerous other tourist.
“It is the people you will remember the
But when you decided one day
you cannot be bothered with the
INTERVIEW or the people.
It is time to stop traveling.

One of my greatest pleasures
is to meet the new traveler that has just
arrived from the airport. This is
their first day of being a traveler.
They are talking with me and
conducting their first interview.
The look in their eyes is precious.

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

X was HERE!

Life is good.

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
On year 5 of Hobo trip around the world.
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