Some emails I receive are too much fun, I received an email after I sent out my newsletter with some good and negative remarks in the email. It was interesting to see how people view themselves or more interesting me, because I am me, the I notice more how they view me.
I am going to have fun with the email, I will try my best to keep the sarcasm to a minimum.
What is great is readers, I learn a lot from people that write me, however I probably could live happier without a few of them, however most are in someways interesting.
Life is good, then it gets funny, I am going to show the correspondence in my next newsletter and try to ask my readership for opinions.
I think I make some comments and then he labeled narrow-minded and judgmental. So labels can be fun and labels can be interesting, however I suppose I should refrain or practice patience and restraint. It is interesting how many people believe I am suppose to be open minded and that I have a responsibility to be respectful of my readers. I think of this as my diary number one and think of you number two, therefore unfair to myself to edit my thought, and it is only fair that you do not have to read, you have a choice, it I hope is very easy to stop, however some of you feel a need.
Rules 1. Laugh at yourself. 2. Remember rule one.
HOW TO TELL A TRAVELER FROM A TOURIST? A traveler carries a towel. A traveler needs a reading light because they read books, they are not big sightseers. A traveler leaves with one bag and returns with one bag, and does not send one home. A traveler knows the name of 3 cheap guidebooks. A traveler uses the internet daily. A traveler works only temporary jobs. A traveler ask what day it is, and a tourist wants to know the time. A traveler refuses to take the same path home. A traveler buys a one way ticket. A traveler doe not have a mobile phone, a tourist does. A traveler does not iron their clothes. A traveler always knows the price of something before they make a purchase. A traveler never says, "But it's so cheap." They always want it cheaper. A traveler travels other place then the USA and Europe A traveler walks slow a tourist walks fast.. A traveler knows better then to pay for a meal with a credit card. A traveler will explain in U.S. dollars because they know the world uses dollars. A traveler will know how to say hello in many languages. A traveler has a piece of clothing from more than five countries in their bag. A traveler normally travels and an independent or solo traveler as the girlfriend or boyfriend needs to return to the nest. A traveler has slept with bedbugs on more than one occasion! A traveler changes routes, itineraries, schedules and wanders the planet. A traveler never stays in one location more than three months. A traveler calculates the distance in terms of time, normally calculates by bus travel time. A traveler does not turn down free. A traveler feels no compulsion to tip because they know this is not a world custom. A traveler knows that to go everywhere on the planet they cannot avoid getting dirty. A traveler does not read Hobo Travel Tips or Blogger because they do not have time or the money. A traveler does not know when they are going home. A traveler has nothing at home, because they have no home. A traveler does not buy souvenirs because they are not going home. A traveler does give to beggars unless it is obvious the person cannot work. A traveler know the best way to do laundry is to do one to three pieces in the shower daily. (Wade) A traveler does not care about weekends.
TOURIST A tourist does not carry a towel, they expect one to be in the Hotel. A tourist does not need a reading light, because they sightsee continuously. A tourist leaves with one bag and returns with many, and even ships one home. A tourist cares about the weekend. A tourist will have the bellman carry the bags, and the taxi waiting at the door. A tourist buys a round trip ticket. A tourist buys an around the world plane ticket. A tourist believe the other tourist know what they are doing. A tourist only thinks in terms of airplane travel time. A tourist pays with a credit card. A tourist always tips. A tourist buys travelers checks in their home country. A tourist wants to rent a car. A tourist has an itinerary A tourist pays what the taxi driver tell him or her, did not negotiate. A tourist spend money freely because they are going back to their job. A tourist knows they are going home. A tourist gives money to beggars because they do not know they are making more. A tourist does not read HoboTraveler.com travel tips because they do not understand.
RESTAURANTS A tourist will focus on the types of food served, and a traveler will focus on the price.
SOME NORMAL, HOWEVER MAYBE BAD CHARACTERISTICS I NOTICED IN TRAVELERS. A traveler is extremely selfish. A traveler will figure out ways to cheat people, not big, however short change a deal. A traveler does not feel guilty when a person gives them too much change, or does not force them to pay. A traveler will find the loophole in the system. A traveler does not feel the need to pay taxes, they owe the government of their country nothing. A traveler will find a way to get on the dole, collect unemployment, or free medical, they abuse the system. A traveler believes they know more than the guidebooks. A traveler will wish to be anonymous, they do not want their picture taken, they are hiding something. A traveler will not work hard, they put in the minimums.
STORIES told by Travelers How I was cheated Taxi stories Girl stories Best place for this or that. Beggar stories Worst hotel stories How cheap I have lived in this or that place. Which countries spit the most. Toilet Stories
What is a Real Traveler? This is a myth, legend, however fun to postulate and antagonize. A real traveler goes to places on there own and lives in place where there is no tourist. A real traveler avoids any hotel, restaurant, train, or method of the lemmings. A real traveler will be the first one to a new place, and the first one to leave a NEW place.
WHAT IS A TRAVELER? A traveler has no plans for going home, therefore he or she will constantly dwell on ways to keep traveling, they will sacrifice most conveniences in exchange for one more day traveling. They will calculate how much everything cost in terms of how much to live one more day on the road.
Wade of Song of the Open Road has posted a true traveler explanation. http://canciondelvagabundo.blogspot.com/2007/09/traveller.html