Where is Andy Lee Graham today?
June, July, August 2012?
I am in one of the greatest places to hangout on planet earth.
"You never need heating here, you never need air conditioning here, and for 140-175 USD you can have a private hotel room with TV, WIFI, Hot Water and often a Kitchen to use."
USA Road Trip - The No Fun Trip
I was on a USA Road Trip and came to the conclusion I was violating the
"Prime Directive of Travel."
- To Enjoy Myself.... not you, not my family, but me.
And, that I was not being "pure," which means being true to the traveler code, and I truly do not expect you to understand that. But, I know Wade Shepard at VagabondJourney.com does, and that is all it took. Wade made a comment on my Travel Blog about the problems with the TBEX Travel Bloggers convention and he was dead right.
Truly, it was not about Travelers, it was a thing for Vendors, and websites who want to sell tours and stupid stuff you do not need. I suppose you need the plane tickets, but generally, nothing to do with true long-term traveler, and for sure it violated the "Travelers Code" 100 fold.
First we do not park our minds inside a "Tourist Trap," that is impossible for a traveler to do. We live 365 days traveling, and paying 100 USD per day or night is not possible, maybe 1 in 10,000 people on the planet could travel perpetually paying that money, and normally over 65 and too old to enjoy.
Example: We do not stay in places that are not easy to hangout, and they are normally on our travel path. Yes, Colorado was on my travel path, and that is why I stopped in Keystone, or Dillon, but there was a ZERO ways to hangout there, for around 15-30 per day, and that is expensive at that price. I would have had to pay 40-70, and that is nuts.
It is summer, it is not even winter for snowing, duh!
When the too-stupid-for-words 10 campgrounds in the area refused to give me a way to shower, or clean my body, I knew the USA was too stupid, and too greedy for me. A tourst trap puts you in a bind, there is no choice, you must pay for bad value, or leave, so I left.
I make more money than probably 95 percent of the wanna be Travel Bloggers a the TBEX convention. And I think I have traveled perpetualy 50 times more than 99 percent of them. Maybe they can learn from me, but not much for me learn, only something at TBEX for my ego, that does not need puffed up.
Notice, I am more than willing to make you angry, that is because I do not care if you like me, I want you to know the truth, and the truth is sometimes something that makes a guilty person, someone who resembles what I am writing about angry.
What am I doing in Pana?
It is complicated to understand, but my friend Jeff and his girlfriend is getting mariried on October 21, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
I want to fly to Goa, India, then Thailand, then to Nigeria, then by land to South Africa, Cameroon, Gabon, etc.
I am to be the person that marries them, not sure what that means, but I will be the man who asks them to make the vows, more or less the Preacher, but maybe not a Preacher. He asked me, and I said,
"You are my friend Jeff, anything you want, it is your day, just tell me how to help?"
Then this 10 Hobo Book Series I am Writing
I am angry at myself, I keep promising readers, you, me, my Mother and friends that I am about to finish the book, but it is not finished.
I will write at least 10 books on how to live the life of luxury at any of 100 great cities to hangout abroad. Guide, gear, entering, working, etc.
Bottom line, I am not coming back to the USA until this book is finished.
My was thinking to finish in the USA, but the USA is too nutty busy, every move is an Act of God. I mean, you want to drink a coffee, you get in a car, you want to go to the Libary, it is an Act of God, nothing is easy in the USA except to buy, buy, buy, and buying is the only entertainment inside the USA. People go shoppping or go get fat at a restaurant for fun, the libraries are for the most part empty, full of the destitute.
Here in Pana, I can sit in my room, it is the life of luxury. I can pay a Tuk Tuk Taxi to pick me up at my room for 75 cents and take me anywhere in the city of Pana. I could if I wanted, pay to have the food, drink, laundry, about anything brought to me for 75 cents per trip, maybe 1.50. But in reality, everying is withing walking distance. This sprawling city thing in the USA is torture to the spirit, a true soul sucking eviroment.
This in Guatemala room is for 150 USD per month, with TV and highspeed Skype fast WIFI.
Life is Good here:
What will you read about here in Pana?
I am going to make about one video per day, and I will put them on:
This is 1 of the 100 great cities to hangout on planet earth. This is the theme of the book, more or less how to go hangout, and live the good life. I am trying to slow the word (re)tired, because if you are tired, you should check out of life, not enter into life.
I will visit all the 100 cities, and do the same, wrapping, or meshing the books with the web sites.
Tired people are set in their ways, and living in a different culture is ALWAYS uncomfortable until you adapt. Sadly, 90 percent of people do not want to adapt or change, they want the USA inside another country. A gated community where they do not have to talk with the locals. About 90 percent of these people go home.
Please, Stay off the web sites "International Living," a.k.a. International Lying and EscapeArtist.com, they are more or less too stupid for words web sites trying to make a country abroad into something it is not so they can take your (re)tired life savings, this is unethical, and evil.
Well, I am having fun, life is good, and you slaves of the USA culture of buying can kiss it, I am never going to live in the USA again.... Why?
I am 100 times richer than you, my buying power is alway skyrocked.
I earn USA dollars, and spend in cheap countries.
It is like earing 400,000 USD inside the US, without needing to work. The person making 400 K is nuts, I am calm. (Do not mix up passion, if you meet me in person, I am totally calm, the number one Alpha Male, Type A, Calm collected person on the planet.)
I am ashamed of the USA, I want to distance myself from all the arrogance people who think they are rich, prosperous, and wealthy. There is unemployment at record levels, houses deserted everwhere, Europe is a basket case, and they American Citizen thinks they are safe.
It is ready to tumble, and burn their house and life saving in a day.
Sometime I say, "I never heard of an Afircan person kiliing himself."
Sweden is like that, they do not kill others, they kill themselves.
Shame is the key word to the USA, they are full of toxic shame.
American will kill themselve for a mortgage, and say, I am busy, it is too much.
Well, off to enjoy the good life, I think I will make a video today about Dentist, here in Pana, I think it cost about 15 dollars to get your teeth cleaned. I paid 10 Dolllars last year to have a tooth pulled.
Or, maybe I will write about how to find experts, and how to avoid scamming American citizens who sell over-prices services and products to silly folk.
You think the only idiots are inside the USA, it take a long time to remove stupid out of a person, and make them saavy, and many never learn. But here, 10 USD is a lot of money, and at home 100 is, so making mistake here are manageable.
Get this, the Palapa Bar wants me to pay 14 Q for a diet coke, that is totally off the wall stupid to pay.
Stupid is universal, but when you are risking your whole life, your work, your family, and your whoe life savings to be stupid, then it is idiocy.
I want all people to live within their means, and I do not care where they live, but if you are angry, and feel you do not have enough money, then I am writing this to you.
Simple Solution: Spend less
I think Hoboes can be smarter than rich people, it is too easy.
Andy Lee Graham
paulj54 from has written 2 comments
Hello Andy! I enjoyed reading the post. I am delighted that you are in Guatemala and
are in a good place. I responded to the post you made about the dissapointment in Colorado. I agreed with you. It is good that you made the bad situation better. I am glad that I found out about that palce and plan to go there some day. I went to that International Living website a while back and ended up cancelling after a few weeks. I told them I wanted to spend less....not more! That was why I went to the website to begin with! Well, keep up the good work. I find your blog very entertaining.
Gadget from has written 1,020 comments
Paulj54, I am glad you find the Blog entertaining, what is funny, weird and almost bad is this. 14 years ago when I started, I could write a rambling travelogue, a true on line diary. Now, everyone tries to write articles, with an agenda, they want everyone to be happy, and pander to the reader. Well, that just is not the real story, and it is not romantic, but it is humorous in a cockroach in the room sort of way. So, when I write something that is not polished, mainly because there is no money in it, they complain, whinge, or try to tell me I do not know what I am talking about, and I am just an opinion. But it is fun, hope life is good.
What is horrible is this, it is 10 times easier to travel overseas, and 10 times cheaper, and to boot, I can work, read e-mail, and use the Internet easier.
phil from has written 74 comments
Superb! World class insights and advice...from a world traveler who is just a bit more than that.
If I leave the US, first place might be Pana... then at my age, I would have to be set up to die abroad. And I am, with an on line business. and whats left of social security even if it gets gutted another 50. Our 'free' medicare here in the US, comes with a co-pay about 5 times higher than basic service is total in Pana... and I plan to be deader than hell before its over anyway....
I am getting closer to the moves required.. it is a pitiful pile of crap that can keep one anchored. in my case less than 10k.
Clubme from has written 35 comments
Well, Andy, i have to say it....
Thank god that you have given up the USA roadtrip.
Personally, i thought that you were quite mad to do it in the first place, but i respected your decision.
Hopefully now we can get back to some interesting posts from you rather than the homegrown USA dribble that made me hit the delete button on Thunderbird.
Good move Andy and i am happy that you have returned to a place that makes you happy too.
You have far more important work to do than help to bolster the profit boxes of the USA tourist industry.
Keep it up man!
Phil J from has written 119 comments
Good morning Andy. Nice blog. Boy do you tell it like it is. I love Pana and Antigua. You were right on when you said go to Antigua at least one time. I loved the old Spanish buildings and the central park.
I found a nice airport hotel about two blocks from the airport in Guatemala City. I will use it again when I leave Guatemala. I was able to get up at a civilized time of day and have a nice breakfast and still catch my flight out.
I look forward to you blogs from Panajachel. I still want to come back to Pana and spend an evening in that night life place just up the street from the Palapa. LOL
john from has written 85 comments
I am glad your happy again. Being happy is a very important thing in life. In a way however I have to say I am a bit disappointed. I was really hoping that you would be able to succeed with your $500 a month mantra in the USA but I guess it just is not to be. Anyhow, I am excited to hear about your adventures in Guatemala. I am hoping to go back to Guatemala soon. It was a lot of fun, the only thing is I need to find out how to lessen the airplane tickets a bit more (family of three can get expensive), but once your are there you do live like a king.
mike99 from has written 30 comments
Just a quick question Andy you mentioned that 10 campgrounds did not have a shower? How can this be possible? Also didn't you have a gym membership so you could just get a shower at the local gym? Also didn't you have a solar shower or dip shower system set up? Usually you can find the homeless shelters in town which are connected to day program deals where people can get a free shower as well as free clothes washing. They have this system set up in Seattle so it probably is like that in Denver also.
Gadget from has written 1,020 comments
The 10-15 campgrounds were all State ran ones or local government ones. I picked up a list of them at a Tourist office which showed the benefits. This was for the Dillon and Frisco area, I did sleep in one of them for one night. I had the solar shower, but they would not allow me to take a shower inside, and did not have any way to get water, except from the river, and the hug-the-whale group would have crapped if I took a shower. Every tent camping was there for the weekend, and did not care, city kids out roughing it for two days, and call it an adventure.
I had a membership at anytime fitness, but in Denver I went to three of them, and none of the three had showers. If you know Anytime Fitness, you know they almost never answer the telephone. In other States they worked like a charm, always had a shower, but not in Colorado, at least not the four I visited.
Please stop with the homeless shelter stuff, this is nuts, I am not going to shower at a homeless shelter. Yes, I do not have a home, but I am not poor. That may be for you, but I am used to living the high life, not the low life. I could have rented a room for 39.95 at one of the Hotel, but the place was a tourist trap, not a good value for the money. Colorado is full of mountains, there is no reason to pay this money for a closed for the summer ski resort. This is a ski resort area, but is closed for the summer, at least for what is of value: snow skiing.
Please understand, I am 100 percent able to live anywhere on the planet, I can force a situation to work. I could have taken a 5 dollar shower at the recreation center. But, why, this bunch of hills is nothing in comparison to Pokara, Nepal or Kathmandu, or Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. I can go up the hill here to Solola for 3 Q here on Lago Atilan and have a better view of three volcanoes. 3 Q is 50 cents U.S. the place was hopelessly less than thrilling for the money.
Note, I think Idahoe Springs close to Denver with old Gold Mines was a better city for the money. Restaurants, and yuppie metro-sexual tourist shops is not a tourist atraction to me. TBEX was just getting a free ride for Keystone at the expense of the travel bloggers money.
I do not expect readers to understand, but a Traveler never accepts a bad deal for the money.
Note, I also sat on top of the mountain in Switzerland for free at the Melchsee Frutt - Ski Resorts, and seen the cows with big cow bells.
I keep saying, I have been traveling for 14 years and went to 90 countries and the word Hobo is for fun, it a person that went searching for work, and I do work. I am not a bum or a tramp.
I think or feel American work so much inside the USA, that they make the best of what is not really special. Ski resorts in the summer... aagh. There is this America is always great and never complain or compare.
Normally on planet earth, the truly great stuff is free, or almost free. And, the made for the consumer is crap. Free is not promoted, and is the best.
I am in a 50 dollar USA room, but here in Guatemala it is 5 dollars, and trust me, you feel a lot better getting a great deal, then getting a bad value.
The American is so used to making the best of a bad situation, when they do not need too, they need to stop agreeing to pay too much. That is why I said, it is an epidemic of idiocy, because they pay too much for houses, coffee, and benefits from the government. I get good deals for my money, inside or outside the USA, and say no to the bad deals, and tell people, I do not pretend to make the best of a bad deal.
Phil J from has written 119 comments
I totally agree. I will not pay too much for a good or service outside the US so why would I want to in the US. It just does not make any sense. When I was in Panajachel I decided that the only thing it lacked was Pollo Campero. Now it truly has everything I need to have great time there.
And the pizza place on Santandar that put the extra everything on if you asked. That was some really nice pizza. I think when I return I will stay in that hotel across the lake at Sam Marco just up from the boat dock. It had kind of a Hawaiian motif and was incredibly inexpensive. And the restaurant that overlooked the ferry dock was next door. And of course the added bonus was the pretty tourist girls walking around the town in groups. LOL