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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  039
DATE:  July 24, 2001
TIP:  Your FIRST day in a country
LOCATION:  Belgium

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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

YOUR FIRST DAY IN A COUNTRY

If you are planning a trip to some exotic land,
then maybe I can help. After hobo-ing around
Mexico, Central America, and South America for
3 years I learned a few things.
In preparation for my hobo adventure around
Europe. I had to re-live some old fears.
What do I need? What to take? Where to go?

The first day is the most expensive.
So you need to choose a city that is easy for you.
To be a budget traveler (a.k.a. hobo) you need to control
how much money you spend, and be safe.

ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS
1. Where am I staying? How much will it cost?
Hotel, Hostel, Friends. etc.

2. How much for transportation to your accommodations?
Bus, Train, Taxi etc.

3. What time of day am I arriving?


DO NOT PLAN EVERYTHING
I do not plan every minute of every day, and every dollar to
spend. Exactly opposite.
I start each day with a amount of mooney in my head of that I want
to spend that day. I had the number 25 dollars (USA) in my
head for the first day in Europe for everything. Transportation,
room, and food.
I spent 7 dollars.

WHERE WILL YOU LIVE
I always know approximately where I will live.
I want to live free, but if not I read a guidebook and make
2 choices of hotels, or hostels for my destination city.

MY AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES
1st. Have someone pick me up.
2nd. Bus
3rd. Train
4th. Taxi
5th. Walk

I can discover quickly if a city is planned well, or they have no clue.
Nothing make me more angry then to enter a world class city
and I have no choice on what type of transportation I have to
use, and how much it cost. I believe a city should have
a range of prices always. Cheap to expensive.

ARRIVE EARLY IN THE MORNING
I recommend you arrive early in the morning so you have the
whole day to travel to your hotel. This allows you to relax and
enjoy the experience of the trip to hotel. Patience is necessary
to be a hobo. The less patience you have the more you will spend.

FAST IS DANGEROUS
If in doubt go slower, not faster.
Faster is also dangerous.
One bad decision and you could be alone in a taxi being robbed.

WALK AROUND
I walk around in the airport, and look at the signs, Trying to
decide my options. I do NOT always know my options, I must learn them.
So I walk around, and sitesee in the airport. Talk to the information
desk,
talk to taxi drivers, hotel owners, people I met on the plane.
Finding all the choices available. One good tip is to walk outside the
airport.
Look for buses, or taxis, that for some reason are not allowed to
enter the airport.

KNOW ALL YOUR CHOICES
Do not make a choice until you know all your options. The best way to
get in trouble is to just trust someone. Learn all the options before
leave the airport. Find out personally what the cost of a taxi, bus,
train.
Most people have only one choice in their head.

There are people that must be picked up at airport.
Some have to rent a car.
Some only will take a taxi.
Lots of budget travelers assume they have to walk.
If you know all the options, one will be the best.

BE SAFE
Hobo’s do not only want cheap, but more important
is safety. What is safe changes. I feel safer on a bus
than I do in a taxi. I feel safer in a taxi than walking. I feel safer
with people than alone. I feel safer when people do not pressure
me, than when people pressure me to choose.
Do not do anything that does not FEEL safe.
Trust your intuition.

KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Listen and talk with everyone, and learn your choices.

GO SLOW
I am always the last one out of the airport.
I have not had my backpack, or computer robbed in 3 years, so
I must be doing something correct. But the day
will come, when even I have everything robbed.

GO TO A CHEAP COUNTRY
Are you landing in a city with cheap or expensive hotels?
Example:
Starting South America is good in Quito, Ecuador.
Central America is good with Guatemala, City.
That does not mean you cannot fly into an expensive
city where there are lots of flights, and go instantly to a cheap
country.

USE THE HELP OF A GUIDEBOOK
Enjoy the country, go outside the box, or
cocoon that all the travel agents offer. The guidebooks,
Footprints, Lonely Planet, and Roughguide are my favorites, and
will have great recommendations for budget hotels.
But I do not limit my choices, I often find better hobo deals than
the guidebooks.

CHOOSE A HOTEL OR HOSTEL etc.
I live good.
I like friendly people.
I like clean rooms,
I like convenience.
I often enter a hotel, or hostel that is cheap, and
leave because the staff is not friendly. They decide
whether the hotel is fun. It is hard to enjoy your vacation when
living in a place that is boring, and not friendly.

I have a rule for my choice of acccomodations. I find a hostel, or
hotel in the center of the city, close to all the older historical
buildings,
and attractions. I want to be where there is action. I want the privacy
of my room,
but be able to leave and stroll around quickly. I see more
of a city, and culture when I can walk around a city, and not
have to drive, or take a taxi.

I know I am home, when I walk into a hotel or hostel and there
are lots of people sitting around talking about what to do in
that city.

STAY 2 DAYS IN FIRST LOCATION
If you are on a 3 -12 month trip. I recommend you stay
for a minimum of 2 nights at the first location.
This will save you hundreds of dollars. Two day will give
you sufficient time to learn the cheapest way for transportation.
Plus you need time to adjust. Remember...this is for fun, not work.

THE COST FOR ME TO LIVE THE FIRST DAY
5 Dollars for train from Airport in Brussels, Belgium to Ghent. (50
miles)
1 Dollar for telephone to call my friend.
1 Dollar for a Belgium waffle.
0 Dollars for accommodation because I stayed with my friend.
0 Dollars for food because I ate with them.
TOTAL 7 DOLLARS (USA)

COST IF I STAYED IN HOSTEL
Here in Ghent is 12 dollars. Very clean, and in the center.
6 dollars for meals, and I will eat twice per day.
Hopefully cook in the hostel, or a typical meal of this culture.
TOTAL 25 DOLLARS (USA)

Andy the hobotraveler.com

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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