Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 20

Safest Bags Auto Close Travel Tip

Safest Bags Auto Close Travel Tip

Zippers and Snaps on travel bags are a problem; the problem is people forget to zip them or snap them shut. The safest travel bag is one that refuses to be used without being closed. Here are a couple photos of a great daypack, which truly protects the items in the bag.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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This bag has a pull string, you can then use it as a backpack, however only when it is closed.

This is truly a great bag, I used to sell bags like this on my site, and one day I will again. I purchased another one today for 15 Quetzals to carry inside my computer bag and use for a grocery bag.



This design is one of the best selling school bags on the planet; I have seen this bag in most countries. However, I have used them for years as daypack. They do not use any room, and with a sewing machine, you could make a great one in an hour.

If you are truly a lightweight backpacker, this is the perfect daybag.

This is a great deal for 2 U.S. Dollars, wonder how much it cost in the USA or Europe?

Gear Travel Bag

Safest Bags Auto Close Travel Tip


Lago Atitlan Guatemala Lookout Point

Lago Atitlan Guatemala Lookout Point
Here are some photos of Lago Atitlan from a great Mirador or viewpoint.

I took a two Quetzal Chicken Bus from Panajachel up the hill to the next village on the way to Solola. I jumped out of the bus at the San Jorge stop and walked back about 50 meters to a lookout point.
Do not go down the large road next to the bus stop at the San Jorge stop, but walk along the road back towards Panajachel. There is a stone path that leads out to one of the best places to see Lago Atitlan.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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If you walk out to the end can see three volcanoes, however one is semi hidden by the other. The volcano on the left has another one behind it.



A flat spot where people have had bonfires is on the farthest most point on this spit of land that is located to the left of the village of San Jorge. Guatemala.



This is a view of Panajachel, from the viewpoint.

If you wish to go to this viewpoint, you should take into consideration where the sun is located. It is about 10:00 am in this photo, therefore the sun is just above Panajachel, the sun is setting in January between the two volcanoes in the photo.

I made a video up on this viewpoint and took one photo of Mayan ceremony in progress in a small cave like area of the mountain here, I will publish soon.

Geography

Lago Atitlan Guatemala Lookout Point


I Received Advice to Finish Backpack Project

I Received Advice to Finish Backpack Project
I called Thailand and received a small lecture on finishing projects; I am in Guatemala looking for land to build an apartment style Hotel. I can honestly say after this trip to Guatemala, I am not sure I have the motivation today to build anything in any country, I tend to feel owning land in other countries is like volunteering to be a workaholic. Intuitively I know when the right time comes, this idea will find its wings, and I think I am too young for this craziness.
I claim "No Joy."

Next lecture was about Backpacks….

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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I have been working to make my perfect Traveler Bag; I hate to call it a Backpack because readers become anal and start to think I am climbing mountains. I am designing a traveler bag and totally different from a mountain climbing or trekking bag.

I am 99 percent sure I want to make Backpacks here in Guatemala.

I am at a complete stop, I need 10,000 to 20,000 US Dollars to proceed and put into mass production and market properly.

My 13 million page site, is working well; we are making daily progress on that project.

I am making progress on the majority of projects and it does not bother me to nick away at projects, however a good completion high is always a good day and feeling in my life and stops me from talking and annoying people.

Every traveler needs a project, or risk becoming a Tramp, and not a Hobo who travels to work. Alcoholism and Drug use is rampant in the Expatriate and long term traveler world. Working on a project that is never completed is better than the alternatives.

Is volunteering a project for travelers?
Who are they trying to save? Are they volunteering on a project to help people or to save themselves?

Do they want to have another line added to their resume or CV saying what a nice person they are and everyone look?

Are people working on projects so they get free money?

What percentages of people have noble wishes, and what percentages of people actually change the world?

I went surfing to find links about travel projects and all I can find in volunteer projects, there must be other projects. Writing?

PROJECTS FOR TRAVELERS

ANDY BLOG POST ON PROJECTS FOR TRAVELERS
Daily While Traveling Projects
Making a Backpack
Projects

SCHOOL PROJECTS
School projects

I Received Advice to Finish Backpack Project


No Need for Nails Roof

No Need for Nails Roof
I have noticed many countries have decided to stop using nails when the use corrugated steel for roofing. Below is a photo of a relatively flat roof in Panajachel, Guatemala located on the lake called Lago, Atitlan that does not use nails.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Monday, January 5, 2009
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If you have ever tried to pound nails through the crown of a corrugated steel roof, you may appreciate the simplicity of this method. They took cement blocks and placed them on the roof to hold it down.

What do you think, are they innovative or lazy?

Architecture

No Need for Nails Roof


Anticipate This Photo in Antigua Guatemala

Anticipate This Photo in Antigua Guatemala
Here is a Photo of an older Spanish Colonial building in Antigua, Guatemala, there are many buildings of this nature in Antigua.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Monday, January 5, 2009
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This is on the main street that passes in front of the market and bus stop area. If you was looking at the market entrance from the front, you would walk down the street to the left.

The thickness of the walls is of interest to me.

Guatemala Architecture

Anticipate This Photo in Antigua Guatemala


How to Change Travel Blog Design Easily

How to Change Travel Journal Design Easily

How can you change your Blog Template without making fatal errors?

Travelers need to make money, and Blogging is a good way to finance a perpetual traveler’s lifestyle and be a good Hobo who travels to work, therefore I will occasionally make the daily Travel Tips about Travel Journals.

Me and Boy Genius from India changed the online Blog design today, if you are on an RSS feed or reading by email then click here: Travel Journal

Please give us suggestions.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Monday, January 5, 2009
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Make a two test Blogs, use one to test the template and when perfected copy and paste the template over to the new one.

WARNING - We have two test Blogs, I copied over the original to this page so we save and revert if needed.

I opened a new Google.com Docs spreadsheet page, I listed the features I wanted, and then Boy Genius from India who is also on the Google Docs page. writes, “Done” when completed. I go check to see if done correctly and I add “OK,” it now looks like “DONE Ok”

Google.com Docs is a great way for two or more people to work on the same ToDo list and know what changes have been made.

An internet page is always a work in progress, therefore I am still adding to the Google Docs page on the internet, and we will continue to test and improve this Travel Journal.

BLOG PLATFORMS
blogger.com
Blogging Software, Business Blogs & Blog Services at TypePad.com
drupal.org Community plumbing
LiveJournal.com - Start a Free Blog - Journal Today
MovableType.org - Home of the MT Community
movabletype.org
WordPress.com

HOW-TO-BLOG
18 Stupid Mistakes Bloggers Make in their First Year Christine Kane
18 Tips on How to Blog
Blog for Money The Blog Doctor.
How To Blog many links by Andy in Help Center of HoboTraveler.com
Introduction to Blogs
Travel Journals Drive Me Crazy
Video How to be a blogger by Cory

Blog Travel Trips

How to Change Travel Journal Design Easily


A Cheap Blog for Non Profits

A Cheap Blog for Non Profits

Get a blog, collect some money, do nothing and live in another country. I am joking, but many people are doing just that...

I am out and about finding Travel Journals all over the world and I encounter many save the world, hug a tree, save an orphan Blogs. Many are asking for money, many tell weepy stories and want to go to the other side of the planet and solve problems they do not understand.

But…

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Sunday, January 4, 2009
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My guesstimate is that 95 percent of them do not even purchase a domain name. For example, my domain name is HoboTraveler.com. Why is this important, well it shows credibility and a credit card behind the domain. If you a site has a domain, normally you can find the owners name, address and other information.

However, if they do not own a domain, say they have a Blogspot Blog, and then if they want, they can just disappear. I always look for the domain name; this is one test of legitimacy.

My advice, no domain, no money.

A Cheap Blog for Non Profits


Party People Need a Key Travel Tip

Party People Need a Key Travel Tip

Make sure you have a key or way to enter the Hotel when you stay up all night partying.

About half the planet has compound Hotels; they are small fortresses for security. Central American, South America and Mexico have some of the best Hotels that look like Forts on the planet.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Sunday, January 4, 2009
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When you check into a Hotel, you need to learn how to enter the Hotel again. Just last night at about 3:00 am in the morning I hear a
“Tap Tap Tap,” on the gate to my Hotel.

I started to laugh to myself, I was quite sure somebody stayed up all night partying and now was trying to enter the Hotel.

Strange as it may seem, the owner of my Hotel gave me a key to allow myself in if I arrived late at night. On the other hand, I believe the owner of the Hotel fails to give keys to people who he believes will party all night. I think maybe you would call this negative reinforcement, either return home early or stand outside knocking on the door waiting for someone to open the gate. I would guess he uses it a way of encouraging rowdy guest to leave.

A good tourist or traveler knows surveys a Hotel when they enter and negotiates a way to enter the Hotel at all times day or night.

I did not get up to open the door, I figured this was a good lesson for them to learn… hehehe

Keys - Danger - Accommodation - Hotel Managment Travel Tips

Party People Need a Key Travel Tip