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Too Many Choices Makes Me Crazy

Andy G (Gadget),


I must share this with my friends; this video is excellent, even better than excellent, because it tells me why sometimes I am unhappy.

Watch the video below called:
"Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice



I have two hammocks on my Hotel Balcony, the choice is simple, and I am happier.

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San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, June 6, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
| Guatemala Hotels
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I am studying a paradox of my own, I have lived in about 700 hotel rooms in my last 12 years of travel, and there is one premise that is false.
"The more you pay, the better the room." or maybe said,
"You get what you pay for."

The reason is this, a Hotel owner does not enter all the Hotels, truthfully, they have no idea the quality of the Hotel next door, they prices rooms according to what they feel is correct. A person who is from the USA will price the same room 10 times more than a local, there is almost an irrelevant relation between price and quality.

There is a placebo effect on rooms though, and I am not sure it is possible to explain this away, the person who pays the most, generally feels they were in great room. Hotels are like this, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, or the Hotel on the left, does not know what the Hotel on the right is doing.

Too Many Choices Makes Me Crazy

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  208 comments.

"You get what you earn" NANA WoW always said.

I think that goes for hotel rooms also.


  208 comments.

Forgive me for commenting twice but " Barry Schwartz"
Is a Liberal New Yorker who says "do as I say, not as I do" millionaire.
Taking advice from this guy is like taking advice from a drug dealer.

Every third world person who can understand this says " OK lets trade places"
enough said.

answer is... Barry Schwartz is like President Barry Obama ,would never trade places
to have less choices. It is Bizarre thinking that only the rich can afford to contemplate.

Chuck Wow
Philosophy major
RLU

Real Life University
82


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How much a month are you paying for this room???


Gadget  1,162 comments. Traveled 89 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 75 Photos

I pay 50 Quetzals per day, therefore for a 30 day month, paying 50 Q per day, it is 1500.

1,500.00 GTQ = 187.219 USD

I am laughing, there is a man next door who has an apartment in the building for 100 dollars per month. He moves out on Wednesday, I am thinking...

There is a push and pull for me, I like to move around, so committing for one month is not needed, plus I can afford to pay 87 more dollars for mobile freedom.

One U.S. dollars is about 8 Quetzals, I have not asked the monthly rate, but I think maybe 1200 or 1000.

Ooops, I am in the Hotel San Antonio, it is on the water more or less.


Asiabill  260 comments. Visited 40 Cities. 2 Photos

"A person who is from the USA" who prospers rents rooms at lower rates than 90 of the locally owned hotels, guest houses,hostels, and inns. The best way for someone to get a rough idea about monthly rentals before going to a country is to check the average annual individual and household income to know what the locals can afford. More and more newspapers are on-line so it's possible to check the larger newspapers' classified ads for monthly rentals and even if it's not in the exact location where you plan to stay monthly you get a general idea about the cost of living.

For me it's the staff and other guests staying at the hotel when I am there which I remember the most. Most of the rooms I stay just overnight I barely remember. I haven't stayed any particular location outisde the Philippines more than a week for many years finding myself getting "homesick" after a few months "on the road".

Who knows, on this upcoming trip I'm planning to travel 5 months as I will be helping our daughter move out of Hawaii early 2011. If everything works out with her taking over our Manila location 6 months a year then I'll be able to travel extensively 6 to 8 months / year.


Gadget  1,162 comments. Traveled 89 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 75 Photos

Yes, I figure out how much the average person earns per day, the figure they cannot pay more than 25 percent of that number for rent.

This is the Goal amount I would want to pay for these countries for an Apartment with Stove and Fridge, and maybe half that for just a room.

Afghanistan --- 17.63
Albania --- 84.25
Algeria --- 62.65
Angola --- 36.06
Antigua and Barbuda --- 174.29
Argentina --- 168.74
Armenia --- 31.6
Australia --- 391.01
Austria --- 287.05
Azerbaijan --- 29.08
Bahamas --- 211.32
Bahrain --- 0
Bangladesh --- 17.34
Barbados --- 152.2
Belarus --- 50.08
Belgium --- 387.45
Belize --- 109.87
Benin --- 32.18
Bhutan --- 32.24
Bolivia --- 48.8
Bosnia and Herzegovina --- 97.64
Botswana --- 56.67
Brazil --- 86.2
Brunei --- 0
Bulgaria --- 82.99
Burkina Faso --- 37.32
Burundi --- 1.91
Cambodia --- 13.81
Cameroon --- 27.92
Canada --- 333.58
Cape Verde --- 40.38
Central African Republic --- 7.58
Chad --- 29.75
Chile --- 111.62
People's Republic of China --- 0
Republic of China (Taiwan) --- 245.14
Colombia --- 105.08
Comoros --- 31.29
Democratic Republic of the Congo --- 8.45
Republic of the Congo --- 39.6
Costa Rica --- 82.58
Côte d'Ivoire --- 29.3
Croatia --- 166.83
Cuba --- 4.71
Cyprus --- 245.59
Northern Cyprus N/A --- 0
Czech Republic --- 139.56
Denmark --- 478.29
Djibouti --- 0
Dominica --- 156.43
Dominican Republic --- 30.88
East Timor --- 105.86
Ecuador --- 117.02
Egypt N/A --- 0
El Salvador --- 43.79
Equatorial Guinea N/A --- 0
Eritrea --- 14.63
Estonia --- 117.6
Ethiopia --- 23.42
Fiji --- 0
Finland --- 0
France --- 360.88
Gabon --- 63.86
The Gambia --- 33.68
Georgia --- 5.53
Germany --- 0
Ghana --- 16.58
Greece --- 274.97
Grenada --- 135.8
Guatemala --- 58.01
Guinea --- 0
Guinea-Bissau --- 19.34
Guyana --- 55.77
Haiti --- 16.25
Honduras --- 165.68
Hong Kong --- 161.49
Hungary --- 133.09
Iceland --- 0
India N/A --- 0
Indonesia --- 22.6
Iran --- 136.09
Iraq --- 27.37
Ireland --- 365.2
Israel --- 263.69
Italy --- 0
Jamaica --- 79.29
Japan --- 226.58
Jordan --- 59.49
Kazakhstan --- 28.93
Kenya --- 17.88
Kiribati --- 236.53
North Korea N/A --- 0
South Korea --- 230.28
Kosovo --- 41.49
Kuwait --- 172.6
Kyrgyzstan --- 5.24
Laos --- 21.58
Latvia --- 105.92
Lebanon --- 139.93
Lesotho --- 14.86
Liberia N/A --- 0
Libya --- 23.65
Liechtenstein— --- 0
Lithuania --- 112.58
Luxembourg --- 415.01
Republic of Macedonia --- 0
Madagascar --- 21.58
Malawi --- 10.66
Malaysia --- 89.53
Maldives --- 67.97
Mali --- 26.98
Malta --- 281.42
Marshall Islands N/A --- 0
Mauritania --- 41.14
Mauritius --- 36.43
Mexico --- 37.19
Micronesia --- 53.42
Moldova --- 16.64
Monaco N/A --- 0
Mongolia --- 40.83
Montenegro --- 31.4
Morocco --- 57.1
Mozambique N/A --- 0
Myanmar --- 8.42
Namibia --- 0
Nauru N/A --- 0
Nepal --- 43.64
Netherlands --- 394.58
New Zealand --- 350.67
Nicaragua --- 46.46
Niger --- 29.26
Nigeria --- 28.91
Norway --- 0
Oman --- 114.31
Pakistan --- 62.05
Palau --- 106.85
Panama --- 86.63
Papua New Guinea --- 63.1
Paraguay --- 139.54
Peru --- 89.4
Philippines --- 42.7
Poland --- 170.73
Portugal --- 192.06
Qatar --- 0
Romania --- 71.42
Russia --- 57.92
Rwanda --- 10.95
Saint Kitts and Nevis --- 171.12
Saint Lucia --- 26.22
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines --- 89.4
Samoa --- 68.94
San Marino --- 326.12
São Tomé and Príncipe --- 17.49
Saudi Arabia --- 121.66
Senegal --- 32.63
Serbia --- 95.53
Seychelles --- 130.71
Sierra Leone --- 4.5
Singapore --- 0
Slovakia --- 128.94
Slovenia --- 200.88
Solomon Islands --- 21.14
Somalia --- 0
South Africa --- 52.62
Spain --- 232.38
Sri Lanka --- 34.73
Sudan --- 22.19
Suriname --- 80.12
Swaziland --- 18.18
Sweden --- 0
Switzerland --- 318.72
Syria --- 55.79
Tajikistan --- 10.95
Tanzania --- 34.68
Thailand --- 47.42
Togo --- 28.77
Tonga --- 0
Trinidad and Tobago --- 66.88
Tunisia --- 61.91
Turkey --- 151.56
Turkmenistan --- 51.92
Tuvalu --- 57.6
Uganda --- 2.22
Ukraine --- 52.87
United Arab Emirates --- 0
United Kingdom --- 459.76
United States --- 309.86
Uruguay --- 64.56
Uzbekistan --- 11.98
Vanuatu --- 109.97
Venezuela --- 157.58
Vietnam --- 21.66
Western Sahara N/A --- 0
Yemen --- 0
Zambia --- 21.43
Zimbabwe N/A --- 0


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