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ISSUE:  103
DATE:  December 28, 2002
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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - TOP 10 Travel Web Sites 2002
TIP: TOP 10 Travel Web Sites 2002
LOCATION:  LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

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Issue 103 Hobotraveler.com - December 28, 2002
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A Hobo trip around the world. Year 5

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        Location of Hobo and opinions
            LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
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        Top 10 Travel Sites of 2002
~   TODAY’S TIP
          LEAVE THE ADULTS HOME
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~   TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
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Better to read the stories first.

Chong Khong Thailand - Huay Xai Laos Immigration
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103lao01.shtml
Gold Laos - Digging it up on the Mekong River Laos
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103lao02.shtml
Panning for Gold in Laos - Mekong River
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103lao03.shtml
Links has problems... Will fix captions
Laos Village along the Mekong River
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103lao04.shtml
Andy Trying to get Kiss from Lao Village girl
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103lao05.shtml
Weaving, Rice - Cave of OU
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103lao06.shtml
Andy Pakbeng Girl - Peanuts - Fast Boats
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103lao07.shtml

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LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
to all of you that celebrate.

Hello from
Luang Prabang, Laos in the center and
north of Laos with the Mekong River running
along side the city. Laos is a former French colony
and French culture permeates economic
and social systems. I am grateful to the French.
They brought normal bread to Laos, while I have
not had this in Thailand for the last 7 months.

COMMUNIST BORDER
I am on the border between communism and
democracy as best I can tell. The Mekong River
is of the symbolic and real boundaries that is the line
in the sand to not cross between the 2 types of
governments.

A “Line in the sand” is just that though, and
it can be smoothed over, erased, or moved
very easily. Dynasties come and dynasties go.
Empires rise, and empires fall.... I would say
Laos is in the middle man of these struggles that have
last for 1000’s of years.

VIETNAM
I turned 18 just as the singer Alice Cooper
demanded that he was
“18 and does not know what he wants...
and in the middle of doubt...”
The Vietnam war protestors were winning
the war, and I had my trendy MIA (Missing in Action)
bracelet on my wrist. Very glad they stopped
the USA Military draft, but always remembered
they gave me a card and a number.

Then growing long hair was being rebellious
and complaining about politics was fashion.
Now growing dreads, or shaving your head,
tattoos, and something pierced is rebellious
and also complaining about politics is fashion..
I wonder if they know they are in fashion?
I did not know I was fashionable. But I realized now
I was the epitome of fashion of the time.

I can honestly say,
“I was clueless. I had no idea why the USA
was fighting in the Vietnam War.”
I am 100 positive that most of the young readers
of the guidebook propaganda today are in exactly
the same position as I was at age 18-27.
“A rebel without a clue.”
People seem the same.

OK... So do I have a clue now?
Maybe... But I think I would have to live
1000 years to get my hands around all the
issues. But I will try to explain my opinion.
The wars in Southeast Asia or Vietnam was
over the question.
‘Should communism, socialism rule the world?
USSR, CHINA and a touch of the Hitler Regime.
OR should
Democracy and free enterprise rule the world?
USA, Britain, and maybe France on a good day?
All the other countries are sort of in the middle
and confused. Very willing to be the bed partner
of anyone with money. For example. Switzerland.
They have a special account just for you
and it does not matter what religion, or government.

WHY VIETNAM HAPPENED?
ENCYCLOPEDIA VERSION
“The United States became involved in Vietnam
because it believed that if all of the country fell under
a Communist government, Communism would spread
throughout Southeast Asia and beyond.
This belief was known as the "domino theory."
Quoted from:
http://encarta.msn.com/

WHAT DOES ALL THIS CRAP HAVE
TO DO WITH TRAVELING IN LAOS?
Most of the time. Life is simple and travel is
simple. I can buy my way around and dollar my
way through. But if a government wishes or wants
they can make my life real difficult. So I need to
try to figure out the powers that be and see if they
want a bribe, a tax, or for me to spend money.
And in the worst case. They want to prove they
are in power. (Kings and Dictators)

So remember... I said earlier.
“I am on this border between Communism and
Democracy.” Maybe...

THE USA WON THE VIETNAM WAR

Communism has not spread through
Southeast Asia and beyond.
Luang Prabang is a full on. No stop.
Capitalistic city. They have French restaurants
and exclusive Hotels. The will sell you anything
and make your life as noble and first class
as you wish. More of a Class System society
than any of the truly democratic nations but
all the citizens are Entrepreneurs.

So with the TV and Free Enterprise.
Freedom of the press, and BBC and CNN.
The internet and just normal human greed.
These countries too busy making money
to be worried about Communism.
“The all inclusive tours are here.”

So all is safe, and happy.
The girls want to go live in the USA as normal.
The travelers are still clueless and happy
enjoying pizza or French Cuisine.

But like any Mafia managed type country.
( 75 percent of the planet in my opinion.”)
Keep your nose out of the governments business.
Do not ask too many questions. Let them get
their “Protection” money and all is well.

But they made the fatal mistake.
(Same as the Arab Nations.)
As soon as there is TV and the Internet.
MTV, Pizza and Fashion will rule.
Shakira...!

So the USA goal of stopping the “Dominoes”
from falling was a success.
But... aagh.
The Vietnam War is now the biggest
tourist attraction and a money maker.

I suppose in a year or less I will go to
the Caves of Afghanistan for an all inclusive
resort tour.

Todays - Going this way is about
Top 10 Travel Sites of 2002

Today tip is about why you should
leave the adult at home.

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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How much money needed to be Hobo?
5400 Dollars USA per year.
Started November 19, 2002
TOTAL RECEIVED TO DATE:: $224
Since last letter: $18

Plus a package... ? That says,
My daily cost is about $15
361 dollars in the HOLE.

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TOP 10 TRAVEL WEBSITES FOR 2002
- A year in review.
by Andy the HoboTraveler.com

Hello,
I am out here in the middle of the road. Not at home,
not on some desktop computer, not at work, and I am
positive not at the University library. I need fast help and
information, and not just pretty pages. I often find my
answers in the internet cafe with an owner that does
not speak English for about 75 Cents US per hour
on the other side of the planet.
Year 6.

These are my choices for 2002 of websites or
pages needed and are a great help to me a
world traveler... a.k.a.
Andy the HoboTraveler.com

1 ABOUT.COM
http://www.about.com/
A general information source site. About this and
about that. This site both provides information and
points you to links about the subject of interest.
Similar to many sites, but with an expert mediator
and a focus on helping to subscribe to newsletters
this site is special. It is about so much. Pay special
attention to the newsletter aspect.

2 SHARED
ENCARTA OR ENCYCLOPEDIA. COM
http://encarta.msn.com/
http://www.encyclopedia.com/
Guidebooks are for opinions. The experience traveler
needs facts, figures and accurate maps more than
opinions. An encyclopedia is the first place to
start your research.

3 CIA - The World Factbook 2002
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
More good data and facts - The flag, the population,
type of government. etc. A specific way to open
of the underlying details that help you to
understand the why of a country..

4 JOHNNYJET.COM
http://www.johnnyjet.com/
Johnny is the collector. He collects all the links
you need to book tickets or enjoy your trip so
you do not need to hunt for sites. A airfare sales
site with a personal touch.

5 ESCAPEARTIST.COM
http://www.escapeartist.com/
For the person that wants to leave home and never
return. This is for the expatriate, the investor, or
for the person wanting to retire overseas.  A portal
of information for people that live, work, and hide
offshore.

6 HOSTELWORLD.COM
http://www.hostelworld.com/
How much is a cheap room in Katmandu, Nepal?
A search engine of "Budget Hotels" for the world
that allows you to make reservations with the cheap
sleeps. I do caution the reader to not just make
reservations with just any and all "Hostels-Hotels."
The underdeveloped countries have problems with
reservations. This site will help the small hotel
compete with the large chains. Keep you eye on
this site.

7 MAP SEARCH
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
or http://www.google.com/
After I know some information about the place.
I know the cost and I can afford to live in the
destination. I than need a map, or lots of maps.
There is NO great general map or atlas for the
world. I recommend you start with National Geographic
maps, and than do a search in the Google.com
for the specific map for your destination.

8 RANDY JOHNSON'S PERSONAL PAGE or
http://www.ease.com/~randyj/bestlist.htm
http://www.ease.com/~randyj/index.html
I like this page. This guy has been everywhere.
Although obviously made by him for him. It
provides the personal introspection of a true
traveler, and sets a tone or voice to understand
the future of travel.

9 AIRTREK.COM
http://www.airtrek.com/
On the cutting edge of airfare booking services.
This site understands the budget traveler and is
trying to give you the necessary tools to book a
flight anywhere in the world. With around the world
tickets and open Jaw, this ticket sales site
understands that on a trek we do come home the
same way we went.

10 TOPICA.COM
http://www.topica.com/
This is a site to find newsletters to subscribe to,
or a place to publish your personal newsletter.
Newsletters are the easiest and best way to
research a subject. A good newsletter will collect
and give you digested materials. With what is
NEW or News inside the letter. Topica.com is
my choice and helps me avoid getting spam.
Yahoogroups.com is a good source also and
worth mentioning, but Topica.com is my favorite.
I use Topica.com for my travel newsletters,
but also have some mirrors in Yahoogroups.com.

E-MAIL UPDATES OR NOTIFICATIONS:
Sent to your email box.
I receive emails from world news, tips and travel
warnings. A great way to be notified when the
world changes, and stay away from civil wars...
or find them.

1 Travel Warning
Need to find email updates.
http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html

2 CNN.COM NEWS UPDATES
Go to site and look for news updates.
http://www.cnn.com/

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LEAVE THE ADULTS HOME

A child is person with no history, no experiences.
An adult has a history and experiences.

Your family, your city, your country, your friends,
newspapers, television and music teach you
how to be you. These behaviors are culture.

Culture:
The beliefs, behavior, language, and entire
way of life of a particular time or group of people.
Culture includes customs, ceremonies, works of art,
inventions, technology, and traditions”
Encarta Encyclopedia

“When in Rome do as the Romans.”

This is a popular statement for travelers
and a great justification to not
take a shower.

So if you heed this comment and you go
to another country, you would live as the people
in that country live, and do as they do.

This is good advice and you will be able to live
for the same amount of money as the locals.
It stands to reason, if they can live on 100 dollars
per month, than it is possible for you to the same.
This is true. If they can do it, so can you.

So if you enter a country where the monthly
average income is about 300 dollars.
There is no good excuse on why you cannot
live there for the same amount of money.

So
“When in Rome do as the Romans.”

Copy them and you will live.

LEAVE THE ADULTS HOME
I really do not want you to leave the adult
at home, but I want you to leave your history,
and your culture at home. Not your values, and
beliefs, but your language, traditions, and
what is normal.

You have a memory bank of what you do.
How you live?
How you travel?
How you eat?
What you eat?
How you buy things.

IN MY COUNTRY....
- I drive a car to the store.
- I rent a car at the airport.
- 5 dollars is cheap
- I get a hotel reservation for a room.
- I expect the government office to help me.
- I feel guilty if I see a poor person.
- At home I go on vacation.
- I eat pizza.
- I use a credit card to pay for things.

“You are not in Kansas no more.’
Said by the good witch in the Wizard of Oz.

IN 80 PERCENT OF THE WORLD
- You walk to the store.
- You take a bus or taxi.
- 5 dollars is 1/2 days pay and expensive
- A hotel reservation.... is a joke.
- Government office sell tours, and take bribes.
and is the best way to become wealthy.
- Poorer people are normal
- If you go on VACATION. Then paying
any amount of money is fine. To live on
hobo barefoot budget is about living.
- Pizza is sold to people on vacation
- The normal local person does not have a credit
card, and if they do, they do not use for small
expenses like a room or dinner. They use it
for international travel.
Hehehe

MIDDLE CLASS GUILT
Leave it at home too!

Let us define what a person does to
when they have a case of middle class guilt?

“They try to make me feel guilty for how they live and
what they have. Like I am somehow be ashamed
because I do not feel guilty like them. I think to myself.
“What did you do to feel so guilty?”
From Sam

The world is not the same as Kansas.
If you wish to change or save the world
this is good thing, but that is not travel.
It is better to observe a few years or decades
before you fix something, that may not
be broken.

The lesson here is that you have left home
and it is totally different. If you keep an
open mind, and are tolerant of how people
life and try to learn from them and not try
to live the way you do at home. You will
be a foreign person living in a foreign land
and not a foreign person being a foreigner.

“When in Rome do as the Romans”
And you should be able to live on the
same amount of money per month.

SIDEBAR
Giving up showers.
Stealing from people.
Being late for appointments
Cutting the line or queue are not what I mean.
If you want to save the world.
Be a good example of manners
Not a good example of how rich you are.

Leave the Adult at home that says,
“I live like this, or I eat this, or I drink this
and that really stupid comment,
...but this is so cheap.”
That is probably the days wage for the
person in front of you.

I am often amazed how people can
learn the bad habits of a culture faster than the
good habits.

Try to not take your country to another country.
A child will see the everything for the first
time and make a decision.
An adult has made a decision before
they came about the country.

The adult will make a list of things to or
avoid, while a child will go see the country.
Leave the Adult at home.
Be a child.

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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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SCOTTS BIKE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
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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.

It may be more important that you check the
shower than your room.

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       The Source by James Michener

James is one the best historical
travel writers in history. This book
takes you into as Israel archeology
site that tell the history of the world at they
dig up the relics of Muslim, Christian, Jewish
and a few pagan beliefs with as mix of
Crusaders and other warring parties
and/or land pirates.

Helps a person to understand the interrelationship
of the people that have created
the culture in the Middle East and Israel
and why they fight and will probably continue
to fight..

If you are trying to understand the politics
of today. This is a perfect read.
Read an exerpt:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/103br_thesource.shtml
5 Stars

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I’m alive and doing fine.‘
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