To connect with professional travelers, join HoboTraveler today.

A Traveler in Sosua Dominican Republic

Andy G (Gadget),


Yesterday, I paid the rent for another month here in Sosua, Dominican Republic, I suspect I will be here for 30 more days, but I am never sure, I am not a tourist.
(If you are a tourist, Shooo!, get out of here, you are on the wrong site.)



People I meet in Sosua ask,
"When are you leaving?
I buy one-way plane tickets, and cannot answer this question.
I would say,
"I do not know."
Which begets the next question?
"Do you live here in Sosua?"
I say,
"No."

I have confused the person, they want to understand, and they think I am being devious and evasive, that is not my goal. I search for an answer that will give closure.
I say,
"I am a traveler."
The people say to themselves,
"So am I."

---------------------------------
Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Thursday, February 11, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
Travel GearSosua Dominican Republic HotelsTop Travel Site
---------------------------------

Notes on my Frustration
Regular readers know I am frustrated, angry, full of rage, I think I am angry with myself. I created this huge mess, and I need to untangle it.

I do not want readers to read this Blog looking for Tourist information,



The circular conversation above is the pivotal problem that causes me to become frustrated. When I write on this Travel Journal, I am talking to tourist, I am trying to teach them to travel forever, and they only want to go on vacation. The tourist need to leave, and the dreamers need to come on board.

The first impression of this site needs to be about going to Haiti, Iraq, searching for un-contacted tribes and the enjoyment of culture. Danger, Violence, Challenge and all the other off the wall things I love to do, then somehow explain, like a Hobo, we need to jump out of our skin and become what we dream about, not what we are told is acceptable.

Today I am Sosua.
Tomorrow, I do not know.

We all start to write a book of about our lives, and somehow live another.

Do you want to be a Traveler? I suspect your answer is no, therefore I am confused what I am doing…

A Traveler in Sosua Dominican Republic

Comments

By clicking on the "Subscribe to Coments" you will receive an email when members post new comments on this page

john  89 comments. Visited 21 Cities.

I want to be a traveler, but I don't have enough wisdom yet to do what you are doing. Not to mention I have a family and so for me it is going to be a little more difficult to do what you are doing. I don't think it is impossible however, I have read several other blogs of families who are travelers and they seem to be doing ok. I do read on your blog about the rage against this or that, but one thing I don't read about is too many difficulties. I wonder if this is because your really not experiencing many difficulties or if it is because like most of us you don't want to share them.

On a different note, how long are visas good for in the Dominican Republic. My guess is 90 days, for a tourist visa. Then again you say your not a tourist so maybe you have a different type of visa??


Gadget  1,229 comments. Traveled 104 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 80 Photos

What is difficult? Generally, my experience level, my ability to take a crap room and transform it into a comfortable room is second nature, I tend to forget I do this.

What is natural for me, is often difficult for others.

I am not sure, maybe I do not talk about what is difficult. What is difficult for me it to keep my frustration down when I surrounded by silly people. I do not suffer fools well, truly do not want to be around a bunch of grown children who are too lazy to do their research.

Listening to these grown children is what is difficult in my life.

To go to Iraq, Haiti, see uncontacted tribes is easy enough, but requires money, that is the more difficult side, how to earn enough money to go. I must earn this money while in transit, this is the difference, I do two things at one time.

You do not need experience to travel, you need money, but to follow me around you need some big huevos.

Andy


Fruugal  49 comments.

It seems to be that you are in conflict about what you want and what you have to do to get there. Your goal of making $100,000 a year to continue traveling and finance even deeper travel is a noble one. What you have to do to increase revenue is to increase traffic. But you tell some readers to leave.

Why then must the tourist leave. Are they harming you somehow? Or do they add to your following? Doesn't a larger readership make it easier for the pro traveler (of which there can't be that many, especially doing what you do) to find you? Whether you like it or not, your'e in the dream selling business. Those cubicle people depend on you. You represent freedom.

I personally liked the suggested catchy moniker Planet Man. Andy Graham ~ Planet Man


Gadget  1,229 comments. Traveled 104 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 80 Photos

Travelers or people who want to be Travelers, this is the group I want to write for, I am self-employed. The goal here is to make me happy first, and readers second, I think it is obvious I do not tell readers what they want to hear. If I only wanted money, I would go home and sell real estate where I made 200,000.

To be happy, a person must do more things in a day that makes one happy, and avoid the unhappy situations.

I am an adventure traveler, I am a difficult person to understand, or know, I am more than willing to tell a person to leave my world. I must be this person, when I am in a aggressive countries, I thrive because I am more aggressive on demand than the locals.

Would you want to join a country club where the allowed poor people to join?


hotspringfreak  60 comments. Traveled 16 Countries. Visited 58 Cities. 3 Photos

Einstein said something like "the definition of insanity is to do the same thing repeatedly and expect to have a different outcome."

Relax. Read a comic book.


RandomBlogger  5 comments.

Openly insulting a good portion of your reader base isn't going to help you achieve your target revenues. As 'non-travelers' (per your definition) probably comprise a majority of your total visitors, taking a stance of exclusivity and hostility isn't good business sense. This is your site and you are, of course, free to write whatever you wish... but I would think about what you are doing.

This post reminds me of a concert that I attended a few years ago, during which the main act's lead singer started insulting an entire section of fans. He said, "I'll give you MFers in the back two choices: move the F closer or GTFOH!" Without hesitation, everyone left. I hope his band lost a lot of fans that night. It would serve him right for being such a pompous, unappreciative prick.


Gadget  1,229 comments. Traveled 104 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 80 Photos

Fun stuff, and as normal, I am the one who gets to travel the planet forever.

To me, this is an ethical question, while comments infer I owe readers, please understand I am not obligated to write. I would make the same amount of money if I did not write. The belief that I make money from readers is daily readers is a fallacy in a way, not that simple, but the bulk of money comes from first time visits.

In my guesstimation, one page makes 80 cents per year, and daily readers only contribute about 2 cents of that money. In the course of five years, providing google does not put the page into the supplemental, I will make about 3.20 Dollars.

I earn about 3.20, but about 8 cents comes from daily readers.

Generally, I get my two cents from daily readers and I think I could earn 100 times that if I got the tourist to avoid the blog.(Or make them into tourist who make the decision to be on the bandwagon and dream of being a traveler.)

However, if I was getting 500 Dollars per post, my opinions would not be for sale. My opinions are of proprietary value, if I refuse to say something because it offends readers, then my opinion has no value.

Therefore, to me, if I think, or want to say, "Tourist leave," if I think it, if I feel it, I should write it. I have prided myself in giving readers my unedited feelings and beliefs. This is what sets me apart from the rest, I am not for sale.


RandomBlogger  5 comments.

"Generally, I get my two cents from daily readers and I think I could earn 100 times that if I got the tourist to avoid the blog."

I'd be interested in reading how you arrived at that conclusion. How would a reduction in your readership, even if they only account for a small percentage of total revenues, consequently boost earnings 100-fold? It just doesn't seem to add up. Perhaps I am missing something here.


.

If you earned 200,000 annually when you worked in real-estate, then I'm wondering why you didn't have more than 10,000 in your pocket when you first started traveling. It would be easy to save a fortune with that income.

Cheers from a semi-traveler, who saved 500,000 during ten years of working. Now I consider myself semi-retired and semi-traveler at age 36.


Gadget  1,229 comments. Traveled 104 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 80 Photos

If the majority of readers could learn how to make money from an Internet site, then the majority would all be out traveling or having fun.

Random Blogger, I hope you are making enough money to live anywhere, say about 35,000 US per year from your site or blog and you can live anywhere.

I explain the essential daily, and people can not see the insights, maybe one day it will click for a few. Generally readers just continue to tell me I do not know what I am doing, and here I am in Sosua, DR and they are at home, go figure.

I never tried to save money, spent it all on office crap, supporting project. I do the same now, all my money goes towards HoboHideOut.com to get big money. I truly just blog for kicks, and for the branding. Travel Blogging about Plane Tickets or Hotels can make you a lot of money, the diary type are not big money makers.

No doubt, the best way to become a perpetual traveler it to somehow retire with enough income to travel forever. This is the best type of perpetual traveler, when you read about a young one, they normally are lying, they are stopping to work.

I call this the three month rule, if you are in one location longer than three months you are living there and have stopped traveling.


.

Andy,
A friend and I sitting over coffee in Perquin, El Salvador were discussing this post. I was telling him that you always are bashing tourists and that it seems counterproductive when you run a travel site. He stated that he thought your comments about disliking tourist was a sign that you are an elitist. I thought yeah maybe you are right about him being an elitist. So what is the deal. Do you think you are better than tourists, since you have been on the road so long? And what is wrong being a tourist?

I think any type of travel is good for a person and why belittle someone because they do not have the means to stay on the road for long period of time.

Tourist: a person who is traveling or visiting a place for pleasure.

Why so angry and frustrated when you have the good life? You are living the dream and escaped Haiti with your life. Seems you should be the happiest man in the world.

Scott


  208 comments.

I just want to make 10 k a year from the internet. Any suggestions ? Travel writing seems to be over saturated and porn is mostly free these days and owning a bar is to much work.


Gadget  1,229 comments. Traveled 104 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 80 Photos

Am I Elitist? No, I do not expect special treatment.

I allow readers to treat me with disrespect, I elicit, I ask question in way that encourages it, I am the opposite, I provoke you to tell me your true thoughts.

Do you want a tourist on a two week vacation to explain to you how to travel?

I am an expert traveler.

I am also an expert at the Internet, the bottom line, I know that a niche is easier to exploit than the whole. I have a better chance of reaching all the adventure traveler or professional travelers than I do of reaching ALL TOURIST.

Elitist Defined by Dictionary.
"The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources."

Wikipedia.org kind of screwed tihs one up,but here it is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elitist


.

I think you are more of a travel snob. You are better than those stupid tourists. You are actually living in the country and making a living off of your web page. You look at the world through blinders. I have been to the Dominican Republic and tourism brings millions of dollars. You have been to the other side of the island. Where would you rather be? If you have no readership, your web page would be worthless. Where would the revenue come from? I am an off the beaten path traveler. There is nothing wrong with holding down a job and saving and planning for a trip or vacation. Do you really wish everyone was like you? The argument of you are better than everyone else doesn't hold up. I enjoy reading about your travels. I get ideas from your blogs for some of my future trips. Talking down to your readers isn't too smart either.

Good luck.


Gadget  1,229 comments. Traveled 104 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 80 Photos

Maybe I earn 1-2 dollars from daily readers. If I stopped blogging, I would make the same amount of traffic.

This is Blog Traffic Separated:
http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=statsands=s40andyblog

This is the total of the directory part of HoboTraveler.com and the Blog.
http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=statsands=sm5hobotravelerandr=3

I also get about 5000 Uniques per day from HoboHideOut.com, but it uses Google Analytics.

There are two boxes at the bottom of the page, click on them and learn if you truly want to learn about traffic.


.

Thanks for your comment. But are there not budget tourist that find your information useful? Do I want a tourist on a two week vacation to tell me how to travel? I sure have no trouble talking to someone on a two week vacation and they might have some useful information. I meet people in cheap hotels on short trips.

If I had limited time and funds to go on a vacation I sure would go to your site and find a way to save money. You say I want to take hobo to the next level, but please shooo away if you are tourist. I think I would rather read "open to all" and "enjoy."

I don't think I understand that business plan.

Take it easy,
Scott


Gadget  1,229 comments. Traveled 104 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 80 Photos

Tourist Stereotype:

Quoted:

The first wave of mass tourists sees themselves as innovators, worldly, outward looking, risk takers who are different and somehow better than other members of society. Yet, in reality, they are relative latecomers to the world of international tourism, causing members of the receiving community to perceive them as laggards, inward looking individuals who are culturally and socially introverted, unworldly and resistant to change. The situation is exacerbated by package tour participation which is the typical way any new markets begins to travel. Unfortunately, packages produce a highly mediated experience between host and guest that intensify the sense of outsidedness felt by each group, which in turn create stereotypes.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/f2k7442037n04221/


My Account