Try the Swagman Hotel Chain They have places all around in the Phils
and their website SUX ! http://www.swaggy.com/
Spice it up a bit. Or Just add them to your website that must get more hits. Maybe sell them a little spot on your front page for some free nights. They got a lot of empty rooms. Near Robinson in Ermita ,also rooms in Boracay,Angeles,Bagio other places.
It would be ok to stay in the Swagman, and for sure in Manila is would be ok. I just was surfing around the site and it lost the plot.
I was on this page:
As best I can tell, none of the hotels have WIFI internet inside the room. I believe I checked the Swagman in Manila one time. I got a visa extension there, and have been inside a couple of times.
Hmm, I am not sure my belly is big enough to qualify...
Swagman is organized and would be a great introduction hotel for me into the city of Bagui. I am curious, if the city is 1500 meters above sea level, it should be nice.
This is a very cool idea Andy.
I would love to hear how this works out for you.
The only problem is that if it is successful, it will likely become popular for other travelers as well, and it will become more difficult to do in the future.
what about couchsurfing.org. Johnny Jet is on it.
Dont bother with Boracay, your about 20 years too late. Try Malapuscua or Siquior or somewhere in Palawan
Why limit yourself to Manila, Bagiuo or Boracay? How about Malapascua Island? (Off the northern tip of Cebu) Or Panglao Island off Bohol. Malapascua especially is smaller and the resort owners may have a better need for your services compared to the more established Boracay and Bagiuo.
Check Skips Beach Resort (http://www.skipsbeachresort.com/). Their website is a mess and Skip passed away last year. Maybe his wife would like someone to clean up the site. As a last resort Skips Resort lets people camp on their beach FOR FREE.
I will do this for any Hotel that had 24/7 WIFI Internet with a private room for me, I said 15, however this is negotiations, maybe 10 is fine, however taking 60 photos takes a long time to do properly.
Hoz you are correct, however to sell something, I need to say clearly what I want, than it is easier to get. I think I said Makati, I truly want Malate, but not important. I want a Hotel with nice people more than I want a location.
CouchSurfing.com is supposed to be no work and free, however being a visitor in a strangers house is a work.
I must explain the value to Hotels or Resorts.
Normally the bigger and more expensive Hotels understand the value of advertising more than smaller hotels. This works best in a hotel that presently has a lot of empty rooms.
How much does it cost a hotel to buy this:
1. To have an incoming link on another site, that never disappears?
2. To have a photographer take 100 photos, waiting for the sun to rise and set, and arranging the proper number of people in the photo?
3. Write captions under every photo? To understand the Hotel well enough to write the captions.
4. Talk with the staff of the Hotel long enough whereby I can explain in words the benefits of the Hotel.
This is why living in the Hotel makes sense, it allows a photographer and writer to walk around until they understand the marketing of the Hotel.
If the hotel has empty rooms, than they have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
I will fly into Manila tonight, I will be in the Malate area on Monday, June 6, 2009. I know this works, I want to help define marketing strategies.
Have you thought about writing a guide to Africa? You have recently been there, and say the worlds most popular guide (Lonely Planet) is inadequate. Why not write a PDF download guide, and sell it.
You have sufficient exposure to market it.
Also, have you tried promoting travel insurance and guide books (via Amazon) on your website?
I make a living doing similar things. The commission on travel insurance is high.
A long story, yes, I have thought about writing a guidebook. The HoboHideOut.com site is a way for me to write a personalized guidebook. Even better, it is a way for you to write a guidebook.
What is going to happen is this.
Anybody can submit a Hotel, it does not have to be just an owner, it can be me or you.
I have signed up for HoboHideOut.com and so can anybody.
I have submitted Hotels to the site, I do this by going directly to the city I am in and click on ADD HOTEL, This is the Hotel I am in as of July 5, 2009, I added it.
I submitted this Hotel and hope the Hotel eventually claims it, I did this for free, so I can tell people the Hotel I CHOSE, not the one you chose, the one I chose, it is in the price range that is comfortable for me.
Ok, because I am registered, I have or can make a profile.
Here is my Profile:
On my profile are some of Hotels I have stayed in, eventually I will enter every Hotel I live in and create a long string or path, a route, the path of a guidebook.
Ok, right now there are tons of technical problems, however as time goes on a person, ME or YOU will be also be able to check of a hotel as one you visited. If the Hotel exist, you will check that you was there, if it is not there, you can submit and help the owner to claim it.
Beta testing needs to be done, I need to help my techie to clean up and debug the system. This can be done by me submitting hotels, it is hands on help and will give him feedback and I can simplify.
When this is done, you should be able to print off a complete PDF file of the Hotels you stayed in and you would have the Hotel section done.
There are endless possibilities however in the end writing a guidebook is about collecting data, organizing it, and presenting in an organized manner. This is the goal of HoboHideOut.com. blah blah blah etc and etc.
I do not need money for living, I need money for projects like HoboHideOut.com. I have my normal backpacker cost covered easily, I do not have projects like HoboHideOut.com covered easily. The designated server cost 350 Dollars per month, I have to pay my full time techie and I would like to hire others. I would like to purchase 10,000 dollars worth of Backpack inventory of my own design to monetize the site.
To live or trade my energy for hotel room doubles my money, it removes half the cost of travel.
How are your baby doing? e.g your backpack! :)
I think you should concentrate on one thing a time and finish that. Now you have alot of stuff going idea, which is good. But get your shit together and finish them one after one!
Nicholas said : ***I think you should concentrate on one thing a time and finish that. Now you have alot of stuff going idea, which is good. But get your shit together and finish them one after one!***
A e from Atlas Shrugged: ***The most depraved type of human being ... (is) the man without a purpose.-- Ayn Rand***
Or better: ***A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.-- Ayn Rand***
There are 24 hours in a day that must be filled with something. Whether you fill it with one project that you end up finishing, or 10 projects that never get completely finished is besides the point. At the end of the day, you must feel that you have accomplished something.