II TRAVEL TIPS
I got in a car, too quickly.
I was walking down the street in Pasto, Columbia. An
attractive girl waved at me, from across the street. She waved for me to
come and visit. How could I stop myself? OK, so I went over, and talked, and
small crowd gathered. We talked and discussed various things.
The girl ask if I would like to go with them to a bar. I said yes. I thought
we would walk down the street. In couple of minutes a car pulls
up, and we all jumped into the car. We drove about 5 minutes, until I was
sure that I would not know the way home. I thought to myself. I hope these
people are nice. I was away from the hotel, I did not know how to return, and
only had just met these people.
Advice. Do NOT do this. Know where you are going, and do not go with
someone the first day you meet them. Stay in your own areas of comfort.
This especially applies to women.
I ask a British Girl in Koala Hostel in Cali, Columbia how to travel to Bogota.
She recommended that I take the night bus.
She said she always ask the locals,
what is safe. If they say its safe, than it is safe.
This was the most dangerous thing I have every heard.
We are not locals, we are foreigners. There is a world of difference. They want
our money, They do not want the locals. They are everywhere. This advice
could get you killed. Next came a guy to hand over some pot to her. He
did not want to carry while traveling.
The local people are not foreigners, they do not have the same problems.
If one person travels though a places safely, it does not mean it is safe for all.
Negotiate the price.
I stayed at hotel in Mantanita, Ecuador. A nice place. I paid the price asked,
then realized that the price, for all of the new arrivals, kept changing.
I learned that they were getting better prices. This is a difficult thing to find out,
but if I would had offered less, I would have paid less. If you are traveling on a
make an offer. Then proceed to walk out. They will either lower the price,
or just say goodbye. It never hurts to offer.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Careful you do not insult
In Pasto, I went to lunch with some local Colombians, at the house of their
mother. She cooked this large meal, with various types of food.
I do not like lots of types of food, and it became very difficult to refuse. I
sometime ask, what we are having prior to accepting an offer, this way
I let me know immediately that I am choosy, and do not like certain types
of food. The Latino culture, can be very offended, if you do not try the food.
NOTE!! If a girlfriend offers you food. Eat it, and love it. Or learn the
hard way like me.
Try the food, if offered.
Use calculator if confused.
I withdrew some Sucres in Ecuador from the Automatic Teller Machine.
I became confused on how much I needed. I realized that, I had taken out
3 time the amount of money that I needed when, I
figured out the exact echoing rate. It is easier to take money out of the ATM machine
than to put it back in. I then had enough money to last me a month. Way more
than I like to carry. The time to determine how much money,
money you need, is back at the hotel, with a calculator.
If confused do not get money, or stop.
I have drawers in my suitcase.
I used to open my backpack, and have to pull out all my clothes to find the
shirt I wanted. It was so disorganized, and I could not keep my stuff clean.
Most of the hostels, or hotels I stay in have neither clothes, dressers, or
anyplace to leave my clothes. The solution I found for this was to buy separate
small bags. I have a total of 12 separate small bags in my backpack. I can
open my backpack, and dump in on the floor, without a problem. I also use
plastic ziplock bags.
Compartmentalize you possessions
As always these are guidelines, and not always true. Adapt to the situation.