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ISSUE:  053
DATE:  December 25, 2001
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - RIO NAPO ECUADOR - Guidebook Shortcomings!
TIP:  Guidebook shortcomings.
LOCATION:  Iquitos, Peru

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - RIO NAPO ECUADOR - Guidebook Shortcomings!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !
Issue 53 - Hobotraveler.com - December 25, 2001
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 4
Hobotraveler.com

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HOBOTRAVELER.COM WEBPAGE UPDATE
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BROKEN LINKS - Hotmail - GMX - AOL
A sudden rash of people telling me they cannot open
the links to photos on my WebPages....aagh
I think the last Hotmail upgrade is killing me.
Please stop. It is making me paranoid. Maybe some
are broken? But the links do work most of the time.
I am sure some are broken especially in the older newsletter,
and I am diligently working on a new archive of newsletters.
It will be interactive so you can make all the comments you want.
But the links are good normally.

HOW TO OPEN LINKS
Normally the problem is Hotmail, AOL, GMX or hundreds
of other ways to read your e-mail. What happen is that
when you click on one of my links. Hotmail will not only
try to open the link, but will also open a “HEADER” or
“BANNER”. This opens, but the link does not. This is
their way of keeping you on their site and looking at
their advertisers.

SOLUTION: CUT AND PASTE LINK
1. Open a new window.
2. Click before the link you wish to open, and hold down.
3. Move the cursor till the end of the link. Let up the clicker.
The link should be highlighted. (Black looking)
4. Go to EDIT. Click on COPY
5. Go to new window, and click on the address line.
6. Go to EDIT again. Click on Paste
7. Hit enter.
If that don’t work. Send me a 1000 USA and I will come
show you, or ask for help from the nearest computer nerd.

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~   EXTREME Hobo ADVENTURE
~   TODAY’S TIP - Guidebook Shortcomings
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~   HOBO QUESTIONS FOR READERS

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~   HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)

Travel is a progression. As a person travels the world
they start with simple trips to safe and beautiful places.
Then proceed further and farther away from the norm.
I can feel myself slipping away, no longer seeking the
beautiful, but seeking the strange and different.

I dream of trips, Maybe I heard of the idea from another traveler
or my mind is creating new desires. I dream of trekking
through the woods so far that cannot I find a person
that has never seen a television or a city. Or maybe a mountain trip
where I have to plan and exercise for 6 months just to attempt
the trip. Maybe a boat trip through the Caribbean.

CLEAN ROOMS

We arrived in Iquitos, Peru yesterday. A friend Mark says
that the rooms are really nice in the Hotel Monterico and he
is correct, but most of you would think we had lost
our. As I got up to scrounge around for my first cup of coffee,
I discover that no water will come out when I turn the handle to the
bathroom sink. I remember there is 5 gallon tank of purified
water in the entrance way. This is good and it will probably
taste better. I have been drinking the water from the tap for the
last 3 years and if the water has a foul taste it does not make
good coffee. Having purified water is a luxury. I told you the
Monterico Hotel was nice.

We completed the trip down the River Napo from Coca Ecuador
to Iquitos Peru. I am going to tell you the whole story soon,
so I do not want to talk about it a lot. It was lots of fun, and even
if the water in the hotel does not work we do feel safe and snug
in our concrete rooms with the light in the center, and corrugated
steel ceiling. I can type to my friends sitting on a squeaky bed
with the computer on a small table shared with a fan. All my clothes
are hanging quite nicely on the floor and a few hanging on the
clothes line I strung up across the room to let them dry after
some hand washing. It is nice to be in our budget hotel after
a long river trip.

It will be very nice to spend Christmas in Iquitos, Peru.
Internet access and people walking around in Santa outfits
in the middle of hot humid noisy Iquitos. There are they 3
wheeled motorcycle taxis everywhere, and the noise can
be deafening, but it is home, and much better than the
hearing the roosters that we share our boat with for the
last few days.

Life is good, and we have a lot of be thankful for. It
seems to be petty to complain, when doing
something we chose to do of our own free will.
So for the next few days we will walk around Iquitos.
Have tons of girls flirt with us, eat food from a real plate, and
got to the internet and complain that it is very expensive
at sixty cents USA per hour.

The room cost 10 Soles or about 3 dollars USA.
Includes a fan, but no hot water. Mark is quite sure that he
will have to pay extra soon working as an ambassador from
his country.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Whatever you believe, whatever you hold precious,
whoever you love, I hope all of you enjoy
this time of year, and remember...
We share the earth together and a great way to
start the day is to tell yourself.
Life is Good!

Beso y Abrazos
Andy the hobo

Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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A MAP FROM QUITO ECUADOR TO IQUITOS PERU

Hello,

I completed the trip between Quito Ecuador and
Iquitos Peru. I will send the complete story in the
next newsletter, and links to photographs.

But for now, here is a link to a simple map and prices
if you need to make the trip right now.
If I missed or forgot anything there is a form at the
bottom to submit comments or helpful hints.

http://www.hobotraveler.com/053napomap.php
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE OPENING LINK
CUT AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER

Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X     Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
Budget Travel, Jobs, and Adventure, etc
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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

GUIDEBOOK SHORTCOMINGS

I like guidebooks, and use one all the time.
For the money it is the cheapest way to
save time and money when traveling.
It is trendy or fashionable to comment
or complain about guidebooks

EXAMPLES:
I only use the maps.
All the information is old.
I do not need a guidebook.
It takes away the fun of travel

Whatever your thoughts, they are correct
for you, and a person should use a guidebook any way
they wish. A guidebook saves me time
and money by helping to find a cheap hotel
quickly and then being able to take a Taxi directly to
the Hotel and not worry about being robbed.

Most of the complaints I hear from other travelers
seem to be from unrealistic expectations. A guidebook
is not meant to be perfect, it is meant to guide.
You still have to make your own decisions.
Plus it is NOT wise to quote the guidebook as a
reference. It is NOT an encyclopedia of information
and although normally well researched. It is only
a guide written by normal travelers.

I have found these common shortcomings with
guidebooks and recommend you try to take into
considerations some of these shortcomings and
be prepared to deal with them.

THE INFORMATION IS NOT CURRENT
The solution is to ask questions and recommendations of
other travelers two or three cities before you arrive.
Use the book as guide, and not the answer to all questions.

BORDERS CITIES NOT INCLUDED
The border cities are not included in all guidebooks.
This can be a major problem if for some reason you are
permitted to cross the border immediately and have
to stay the night. A lot of gossip exist describing dangers and
hassles of border cities and unfortunately they are for the
most part true.

NO CONTINUITY FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY
If you buy a guidebook for a whole continent and your are traveling
from country to country there can be some dramatic problem
when trying to plan your trip. How to travel between cities in
different countries may not agree. One countries information
on the trip may include the information and not the other,
or in both and they do not agree. Arranging
a bus, train, or boat can frustrating. I found
traveling on the Amazon from Manaus to Iquitos a year
ago very difficult, because boat information was spread
all over my book an there was no continuity.

UNEXPLORED AREAS
For the most part guidebooks just ignore them until they
become popular. Probably some of the most beautiful places
I have spent time are in places not in the guidebook.
It would be nice if the guidebooks gave some list of place
to consider, even though they are lacking in good information.

PREJUDICE
Some of the writers are prejudice.
Against race
Against dirt
Against cultures
Against big business
Against rich people.
Recommend only the party places.
Treat poor as second class citizens.
I find a lot of places that the guidebook discourages
traveler from visiting are very nice, and there is
prejudice. One example was Colon Panama.
I found it to be extremely interesting and what my guidebook
said was atrocious.

INFORMATION NOT FOR BUDGET TRAVELERS
This is the best way to get me frustrated.
In countries like Argentina I think they decided
that you have to pay a lot, and the writer wanted to live
good, so they decided you must pay a lot. The writer sometimes
does not even look for the cheap hotels. This is against the
code of a hobo budget traveler. There is always a cheap hotel
and a way to travel cheap. In the expensive countries is
where the guidebook is needed the most.

KICKBACKS FROM HOTELS OR TOUR COMPANIES
I am sure this happens for travel writers of the
major guidebooks. They get some money, better room,
or a free tour to be nice, and helpful.

NO RESEARCH / RE-WRITE THE OLD INFORMATION
There are so many types of guidebooks on the market
now, and so many choices. It appears that
lots of guidebooks are just quoting from each other, or
relying on the old information already collected.

NO EXTRA OR NEW HOTEL OR TRANSPORTATION IN
COUNTRY GUIDEBOOK.
I have been traveling around Ecuador. I could have purchase
a complete book on just Ecuador. It would seem that if you
paid the money to get the book written for just Ecuador
that you could find more Hotels and Transportation tips. I instead
just find more FYI stuff.
“For Your Information”
This is all fun information, but really does not guide me anywhere.
They are packing the books with fun facts, and trivia, and
commentary.

VISA INFORMATION ONLY FOR WESTERN WORLD
If you are from an undeveloped country that does not speak
English you may feel like the whole world is against you.
That you are left out, with no way to get good information
on visa or entry requirements for your country.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY
This is dangerous in a guidebook, because so many
travelers believe anything they read.
I have been personally attacked on opinions that
travelers have read, and repeated. This causes a sort
of mass hysteria or gossip. Of course it is impossible
to keep all political commentaries out of a guidebook
and I think they should be included. But in the context
as an opinion and commentary, and not as facts.
If you read down below you will see that I have included
for a long time a caution when reading my newsletter
and that these are just opinions.

GUIDEBOOKS LINKS
Here are some links to guidebooks, please take a look
and add any good guidebooks, information or comments that you believe
would help the other hobo travelers.

http://www.hobotraveler.com/guidebooks.php
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE OPENING LINK
CUT AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER

Thanx

Andy
Hobotraveler.com was here.    X

Hobo’s mark your locations so we remember.
Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
Budget Travel, Jobs, and Adventure, etc
Subscribe to Free Newsletter at:
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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery” Fun tips
Here's a little tip from me, to you, as an experienced traveler.

Baby Powder helps!

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