Ah, yes, no perfect place in the world, is there? Who knows, maybe the place of which you speak will be the best compromise that you have found. Good luck with your condition, getting good medical care, especially for curious conditions, is difficult everywhere.
Also, given your condition, its probably good that you didnt buy that boat.
Yes, I trading a Hotel site for a room works.
I lived doing this for the first three years of my 11 years of perpetual travel doing this, and Wade from VagabondJourney.com has done about 11 Hotels.
I am 100 percent sure this works, however, as you can see there are conflicting plans listed above, I have what I think is a back injury that caused a nodule on my back. I need to stay close to the Solution. For example, say I need surgery, I need to stay close to the Hospital where I choose to have this done.
I found a Chiropractor in the Ermita area close to the USA Embassy, he is American so I am going to stay at least one week more and one treatment more here in Manila.
When I did this 10 years ago it was easier, one big factor is they did not consider anyone who made web pages scammers. This has been an interesting and intriguing development. Truly the Internet is full of scam and this true perception bleeds down to me as I try to talk to Hotel. I have talked by accident to two managers of Hotels as I handed out brochures. I am experimenting with different marketing plans.
2. Brochures given to Hotels.
3. Telephone Calls
In the past I just did a cold call, carried my computer into the Hotel and talked to the owner. I am in Manila, there are not many owners close, an owner is more receptive to this than staff, this is just an annoyance for staff.
NOTE: I have a back problem, walking around is difficult sometimes.
I know I can do this by doing cold calls, however we all like to plan our trip and know we have lodging before we reach a city. I am trying to snag a Hotel in Boracay before I fly there. In a way I am planning to start this and never stop doing it for a year, I have a semi-goal of traveling for free for one year. I need to get the prospecting machine up to speed.
Too much fun, I enjoy this stuff.
Huge best wishes for finding a solution to your probs. My husband has sufferred from Sciatica also, sometimes to an excruciating and fully-debilitating degree. Let us know what you find out...and really be careful when deciding about the surgery. Its major scary stuff.
Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
I was in the hospital last year at Makati Med center. They seem to have an excellent staff and it was easy to understand everyones english. The cost for a private room was about 1700 php. It was slightly cheaper than the hotel I was staying at. I had a complete cardio workup and had surgery on my hand. I also had a root canal while I was there. I would go there again if I need elective treatment as it was a better experience than some of the places in the US.
Mobile Mac said on Saturday July 11th, 2009 11:10:23 AM
Howdy from Havana, Looking for freight trains.
Can I say douche bag ? Mobile Mac ?
Havana is cool but doubt this douche bag has been there.
I would like a Cuban Hobo story. But it has been done many times. Im sure Andys story would be better than most
Andy...welcome to Baguio and thanks for the heads up on your excellent Blog...
The Philippines are indeed an enigma of split personalities! With the absolute sweetest and beautiful young women in the world, and the most treacherous poverty imaginable, it is a breathtaking vision and heartwrenching nightmare all at the same time!
In following up on our conversation at the Red Lion in Baguio last night, please do re visit Manila and get an MRI / CT scan at St. Lukes hospital or Makati Med Center to mitigate your back/hip problem. They are both excellent medical centers and have a world wide reputation of very fine medicine.
Hope to see you again today!!
JD (In Baguio)