Thailand Travel Stories, Page 52

Cash is required for Travel

Cash is required for Travel
I need about 15 US Dollars per day minimum to travel the planet, and really closer to 25, but can live for five to three in some countries. It is a balancing act, some place I pay a lot, like in Africa or Europe, then others like India and Thailand I can live on five dollars per day.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Monday, October 15, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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I was reminiscing about some over-two year travelers I have met, there is one common discussion, we need money. We need to somehow continue to feed our travel addictions. They are not liberal save the planet, hug a tree dreamers, they know,
- Cash is King, without money, I cannot travel. -

They are not all on the up and up, the majority is cheap, weasels who will twist a situation to rook a better deal, travelers are extremely selfish group, and all is done for self.

I have had a lull in my money, it forced me to remember my five dollars per day travel I did for years.

Sacrifice is what true travelers will say, they say,
- For five dollars per day, I will live in Guatemala. -

The sacrifice all creature comforts, to buy just one more day of not going home, they are addicts, including myself.

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Cash is required for Travel


I Am an Annoyed Little Webmaster

I Am an Annoyed Little Webmaster
Where have I been for the last two or three year, out in the Jungle of Africa, I need to get to work. I am afraid, the money I need to travel the planet is in jeopardy, and nobody to blame but the big me. Used to be I had to guess, and use instincts to make a webpage, I have discovered all the rules of making a webpage are outlined on the net, and I have not read any of the rules for 2-3 years. Bad boy, very bad boy, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Sunday, October 14, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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I make my living by typing words in a page, and hoping by what they call organic search, I am found by someone when searching in Google.com Ask.com, Msn, Yahoo.com etc and then someone is tempted to click on an advertisement, whereby I make small change, but enough to allow me to travel the planet. All is temptation play, no forcing the play in my ballpark.

There are rules to this trade, and I must obey, they constantly change the rules, and a person needs to adapt, and hope the page they designed 7 years ago still is in the game, and if not, change the site, bottom line, I must adapt, and maintain.

I found two absolutely lovely links on how to make pages in the last two days, that basically outlines the rules of the game. In the past, there was an extreme lack of clarity, and lucky for me, I designed the good site and won the first game.

Now I am in game two, second level internet, the big boys, from the next town are coming, the city kids, the farm boys, need to kick some tail and time to wake up and bail hay. I am early riser, about 4 to 5 AM in the morning, my Fathers Son and proud to be so, hard to beat me at getting them worms. I must however remember to the goal is to get worms.

The two pages are, and go figure, one was made by google.com.

Google.com Webmaster Guidelines
They are making it easy, and I forgot to go read to the worm.

Next page, more nebulous, but is very clear.
How to design a web page

Why do they not just put this food on the table for me, and spoon feed me, I know that content is not only the king, I must read, reading is the secret to making pages, look at one very specific aspect of my page, then go look for explanations to design. Find a collaboration, figure out who is clueless, avoid the forums and camaraderie, work not talk, and feel who is lying, and then make the best decision, and if you have good instincts, you win, but only about 1 in 500 because the 499 refuse to do this, read, they want to post, chat, or try to get famous, they will not read and work, and they just cannot implement.

I used to read about 20 newsletters per day on how to do this, and I un-subscribed because they filled up my box in Africa and made it impossible to read my essential family and friends emails. I am back in the game, I can feel the juice, I have the rush, I am a player again, I am going to the show.

IF you want to keep this boy in Africa, he must have cash, to rant, rave, and tell the world the truth. If you have a webpage of any type, do me a favor, link to this page link below here and I will be a happy boy. Sadly, nobody pays me to rant and rave, and thank God, I would then have to avoid them, I would not be able to tell the stark truth, every small favor in life has a string, and the paid travel writers who work for magazine, papers, and such, are tied up with a thousand strings, and cannot move without lying to keep their kidnappers happy. I am free, and will remain free, or I will go home, play in the corn of Indiana, and call it No Joy, back of Maverick, get above the ceiling.. Topgun…

This link, my new big boy toy, the show, do me a favor, make a link.



Label it:

Submit URL of Hotel and Make Free Webpage
I suppose the code below woud be helpful, in the source.

Submit URL of Hotel and Make Free Webpage

To the Show

I Am an Annoyed Little Webmaster


Home Repair

Home Repair
My home is under repair, I do not like the question,
- When do you go home?
- I say,
- I live here. -

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Saturday, October 13, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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My Family and Friends back home in Indiana do not want to hear this, but the truth is, today I must accept, my home is in Bangkok, Thailand. I have a one bedroom, home, no kitchen, AC, cold water shower, a desk and no chair to use with the desk. I have a nice mirror on the wall, and one in the shower. Tomorrow my home may be somewhere else, and I have my home on my back, today I live here.

I have home furnishing; however, my home is in need of home repairs. I fixed my reading light today, it needed a new socket, I sprayed my room for them small insects that infest the whole world, and I consider this a luxury, 1.25 to make sure my room is free of insects.

Home repairs are numerous, the storage compartments or lockers, a.k.a. backpacks were destroyed in a motorcycle rent; I purchased two new ones complete with cart wheels.

I need to repair the phone in the room, the charger cable is showing copper, and the repairs are numerous. Many moons ago, and a few suns, I was in Quito, Ecuador, I thought of this as a stocking up city, a place where I could get supplies. Oh yes, I purchased a new battery for my alarm clock today.

Bangkok is a good place for Travel Home Repairs, easy to travel, taxis are metered and cheap, and the sell all of China here, I can buy everything I need to live on the road.

In the past it was a stocking up city, now I call it Base Camp

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Home Repair


HTML and the Old Days

HTML and the Old Days
Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Saturday, October 13, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com

I have become lazy in the last couple of years; I think I have been in decompression from my first maybe eight years of travel. For the last two or so years, I have been resting on my HTML rewards, I earn money from my site.

HTML means Hyper Text Markup Language, I think, it is the code or language of a simple webpage, if you clicked on View a the top of your page, then on Source if you are on Windows Explorer as a browser you will see all this code. I call my worker in India a coder, because he plays with this code, so do I but I use Frontpage and all the WYSIWYG toys I can find, I have no desire to code. I do fix a lot of code and instruct in SEO code.

I am effective and efficient I have learned, now how amazing easy it is to make a page on a high-speed connection. I have almost never in my life had a real high speed connection in my room or home. I have been on this one WIFI connection in my hotel room, and life is too easy. I am used to making HOPE-they-are-perfect-pages, putting on a thumb drive, publishing in an internet café and hoping I did make a perfect page, most of the time I do not even check, no time, just on the fly pages.

Not the way to make a site free of errors, but I have no choice about 90 percent of the time, unless I suppose I want to get a room in the back or sleep on the floor like workers in Internet cafes, I make the choice, I have a life, I enjoy travel first, HTML toys second.

HTML, PHP, SQL, AJAX and a long list of Acronyms I try to not learn are used on the site, I try not to learn, because it is like this, do it, do not define it. I want my goal on the page accomplished, I am not sure of the path to the goal, and often I do not care. Plus, I do not enjoy talking geek, I enjoy making enough money to buy Chicken Fried Rice in abundance, and occasional ice cream cones. I would live in WIFI room always if I could find them where I wanted to live, not in some five star, pay to say you was there, boring not the country room.

I however am the cook; I taste the PHP, HTML and look at if from old school eyes of experience, ….
----- Hmmm Google.com is not going to like that, or this is good. -

I live, eat, and drink by a bible of rules I collect rules on how to make a page, all this is code and terms, and too many ideas for one small brain, for sure there is some fuzzy logic, hard to conceptualize, only a Betazoid with a mind meld to Google.com can make a good page. My guess is about 1 in 5,000 make more than 5 dollars per day on a page, and really the reason is simple, they do not work. That stops about 99 percent, then with the 1 percent who have the natural I speak HTML, then there is only a small percentage of them who have empathy with google.com, more or less what I normally hear is, this is the way it should be, and not accepting how it really is, they want google.com to accommodate them, and guess what, that does not happen, and I am glad, Google.com gives readers, NOT me, what they want, I have to give readers what they want, and then google.com is happy.

In the end, the ultimate secret is to type many words into a page, make it HTML simple, and follow some repetitive rules. I am baffled but the I hate my father groups, 99.9 percent of the planet just refuse to follow any rules and fail. NOTE- Flash dooms a site to failure.

Well, I am sitting around in this AC room, and reading all sorts of funky things, for example,
- Absolute links or Relative Links, what is better? -

I read a load of rules, then I suss out who is lying, then make my own decision and I do good, but google.com changes the rules, so they want to make it fun. I collect rules, the perform rules, and hope to convince boy genius in India to obey, and not make too clever pages in dynamic databases, that kills a bot dead.

I really hope nobody reads this page, but it is my collection of pivotal or essential rules page of HoboTraveler.com and all his sisters sites. A set of policies on how to make pages, maybe fun for the think-too-much HTML crowd. I am nostalgic today, I have been playing a lot with code, and I forgot I was good at it, code, not pretty pages, there is a big difference, and I am the boss of SEO, not the boss of Graphics.
Policy to Make Web Sites

The real truth is this, a simple made HTML pags is old days and the best for Google.com to read, all the toys, just is confusion for the bot or robot that reads my pages. OR does not read my pages, or reads and will not tell anyone.

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HTML and the Old Days


Air Conditioners Tied to Room Keys

Air Conditioners Tied to Room Keys
Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, October 12, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com

This is the air conditioner in the Four Sons Hotel, a chain here in the Khao San Area.



There is nothing worst to me than a good air conditioner blowing right at my face. I took my rug, a.k.a towel, and cover it, used a few clothespins and I am in business again.



The air conditioner covered with a towel, this type of AC is quiet compared to the window one, and a window one can drive you crazy.



Now, hot and cold, cold and hot, the Four Sons welded he Key chain thing together so I could not take it off, therefore when I left the room, I had to shut the electricity off. This is the (Hotel Name Edited) they have not been so secure, if I want to leave the Electricity on to run my computer, charge my cell, or other reason you leave the electricity I can, they are nice and have not asked for the key.

If you take the key tag off, the room becomes warm, then cold, there is no balance, and I really like to just keep the room on one temperature, the room than is always comfortable.

Sometimes a Hotel ask or demand the key, I normally move out. I think the system should be, if you want your room cleaned, give them the key, if not keep it. I do not have people clean my room unless I help them, so anyway I do it, they do not get the key, strangely this stops the theft by cleaning ladies or people, I really never see men clean, I seem them try to clean, but they are not what I want to clean my room, they just are not up to snuff, I think men have personal problems….

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Air Conditioners Tied to Room Keys


Turning up the Global Volume

Turning up the Global Volume
Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, October 12, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com

I took this photo of no less the cleaning man, the boy who swept the floors in this large Hostel in Bamako, Mali. I stopped him, asked in French to make sure, yes, this is a cell phone in his hand.



The boy, man was sweeping the floor with this ear bug in his ear, I am thinking, that reminds me of the cell phone on the desk in the internet café in Accra, Ghana. This man in Accra took his cell phone out, put it next to the computer and started making the room, me, listen to the music.



Mali is I think number two from the bottom, the almost poorest country on the planet, the most under developed, the average pay should, or is about one dollar per day, this boy is supposed to be making one dollar per day, or is he? Smoking mirrors!

He has a cell phone, portable they in French, and he has somehow downloaded or loaded music on the phone. He can now listen to it like a radio or something; I do not want to learn. I am really just annoyed, the coupling of cell phones and music is the beginning of the end, the ambient sound around me is growing, the world continues to turn up the background noise. I will need to go to Antarctica to find some quiet.

Turn up the background noise, it is driving the world nuts, the cities hear this louder and louder noise, they ignore, or do they, I think the world slowly gets more stressed. The lowest country on the planet is turning up the volume, and they say they do not have money, they have cell phones as this is more important than screens on the window to stop malaria.

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Turning up the Global Volume


Thai Style

Thai Style
Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, October 12, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com

Thai Style, what is Thai Style, it just does not sound right to me to say Thailand Style.?



There are these small things that Thailand people do… nod the head, the sound of their voice, a girl walking on small high heels as her but sways back and forth. This is a small set of statue, at first, or now I guess I ignore these small identifiers saying,
- Hey Andy, you are in Thailand. -

I remember in Mexico, every day the people in Pie de La Cuesta watered the dirt with a water hose, or the smell of burning coconuts husk, this was Mexico to me.

This is Thai Style, a small friendly bunch of monks, walking in row; hmm I remember taking the same photo.



That was from this link, and a few years ago.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/095monks.shtml

Sometimes, I need to open my eyes, and close them again, I need to remember where I am, then life is really good today, so I will keep them wide open, just in case I see a new world. You just learn to love these little people.

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Thai Style


Short Flights Cheaper Long Flights More Expensive

Short Flights Cheaper Long Flights More Expensive
Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
HoboHideOut.com submit URL Hotel and make Free Hotel Webpage

Jeroen of Nat Tours behind the D&D in here in the Khao San Road said astutely.
Flying Around The World

Short Hauls are getting cheaper, long Haul is getting more expensive because the cost of Fuel. Used to be the cost of flying from Europe to Asia was the same as say flying from London to Greece. Now with the Low Cost Carrier book online revolution, a person can fly from London to Greece and go on vacation cheaper.

European people are staying in Europe more for Vacations, and exploring Europe. Most European young backpacker know the world outside of Europe better than Europe because the cost to Backpack Europe is atrocious compared to South America or Asia.

American know or pay to Backpack Europe more, but that is just because this is status symbol compared to saying they did Asia or South America. Backpacking is about saying to friends, I went here, more than actually saying I went here because I wanted to see this. Bragging helps promote some of the worst places on the planet for value of trip, compared to what you see.

Europe is not cheap with trains, it is cheap by internet purchase of LCC. Asia is not getting cheaper by Low Cost Carriers, inside the USA is slowly getting cheaper, but no public transport after you arrive.

Africa is just nuts on price, central America is best by bus, Mexico is Mexico. Arab countries are best eaten one at a time, then fly the coop, best to get a 10 day layover as you fly from Europe to Asia, included in the fare, easy to do in Bangkok with Jeroen,, give me a ticket please with 20 days in Manila on the way to the USA, or give me a 10 days in Dubai on the way to London.

The cost of fuel has made the long haul more expensive, plus the dollar exchange is not good.

Short Flights Cheaper Long Flights More Expensive