This is a statement of travelers' beliefs, whereby we can recognize other travelers of like mind, who accept the travel lifestyle, and are respectful.
The creed below is one that we, as a community of travelers, individually accept. It makes real travel possible and safe for all of us. It is up to our own consciences to live this creed, but we know that doing so helps ourselves, our fellow travelers and other honest citizens of the world.
The Traveler’s Creed
The "Talk Wall," and "Private Messages" is for travelers to freely share recommendations, advice, and information without any financial benefit. And if they do receive benefit, the conversation always starts. "I make money, commission, get free room, free this, if I recommend X." When a person talk to sweet, too nice, never a negative word, this is the sign of a "Weaving Spider."
We will never purposely and willfully give information to another traveler that could cost them money or bring them harm. We know there will come a time when my safety could depend on the advice of a fellow traveler.
We accept that it is my responsibility to help other travelers when called upon. This is an obligation We accept, knowing that we can depend on other travelers to help me in our time of need.
Added July 17, 2016
We do not talk with strangers, we are always in the process of becoming friends, the reason we are talking with strangers is for the goal of becoming friends. When a person demands to be anonymous, we walk away.
Added July 17, 2016
We believe these guidelines to be self-evident of members of respect, and honor, and that members in good standing will treat others with respect regardless of their differences.
We have chosen the life of a traveler, a lifestyle discouraged by family and employers. We will not fight their opinions, as they have the right to live their lives as they wish, and so do we.
We accept that when called upon, we must freely share my name, profession and my real travel experience, including length of traveling time, number of countries and locations we have visited. This allows fellow travelers to gauge the value of our opinions and make sound judgments for their travels.
We accept that money spent is an essential question. We agree to freely explain how we used money at a particular location, aware that without this information we appear untrustworthy.
We accept that there are no secrets between other travelers. We know that secrets are a sign of dangerous companions, who are not to be trusted.
We will respect other travelers no matter how long they have traveled, whether one day or 10 years; we are all equal and deserve respect, knowing that the rules of travel are never immutable. We accept that actual knowledge of a city, country or culture is of more value than long-term travel experience to one who has not yet visited the travel destination. People who have visited a location are acknowledged to know more than the ones who have not.
We openly start opinions with “I have visited that location” or “I have never been there,” never pretending to actual knowledge of a travel destination until I have been there. I know that misinformation is expensive and could be dangerous to my fellow travelers.
We will never talk or write about a travel destination as if weI have gone to the place when I have not; we do not pretend to be knowledgeable about locations we have not personally visited. And we are fully aware that information from anecdotes, books, movies, websites and documentaries does not replace real travel experience. We are aware that opinions derived in this manner cost my fellow travelers money and endangers them.
We will leave outside concerns and business deals outside. Resisting this temptation creates trust between all travelers for personal gain, or profit.
Talk Wall for Members of HoboTraveler.com
Added July 17, 2016
I will not call people names, there is zero tolerance of abuse, we will be weighed on our intentions.
Added July 18, 2016
People receive stars for starting down a new path, starting a new discussion, and open the doors. The person that starts a comment is the leader, a person that follows up with a comment should have respect for the person, it is not acceptable to harass, belittle, denigrate, or call names. To continually make replies, and never start a new topic is observed by savvy travelers.
Added July 23, 2016
Asking people on the "Talk Wall" to private message you, so you can give them links is what a "weaving spider does." Links can be very dangerous to members, so best to put on the "Talk Wall," so others can say, good or bad, and stand the test of time.
Add July 23, 2016
No commission links are allowed on "Talk Wall," or by private messages.
Added July 23, 2016
Links that redirect are not permitted under any conditions, never.
– First written May 13, 2013
Andy Lee Graham founder of HoboTraveler.com
Thank you, very good.
One of the best travel things I have experienced was in Tokyo. I had a prescription at a particular drug store and was basically lost looking for it as Tokyo even with good maps are extremely confusing (Before Lap tops, tablets).
As I and my wife stood trying to figure out where we were and wanted to go an elderly Japanese gentleman and lady came up to us and in halting but very good English asked if they could help us.
We were a bit surprised but exchanged greetings and the necessary bow and said yes.
He looked at the address on the slip of paper then told us we were about 4 blocks around the corner to our destination.
We thanked him and proceeded to start around the corner. After about 4/5 steps he came up to us again and said "Please let us show you where it is. We will go there with you and if needed help you in the store, etc."
After this was done we invited them to join us for lunch but they had to be somewhere else.
He then gave us his business card, which almost all Japanese carry incl students, trash men, bus drivers, etc. Part of their culture.
He then asked us if we could join them later for dinner. We readily accepted and made the basic arrangements when and where to meet. We became friends.
A fantastic day and fantastic people the Japanese.
Now this is because I have tried to follow the Creed of knowing something about where I visit and to be a good traveler that this took place.
Thank you Bill99, an excellent example, and much appreciated.