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Avoiding Danger - Remember you have choices

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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  050
DATE:  November 20, 2001
TIP:  Avoiding Danger - Remember you have choices
LOCATION:  Ecuador

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I think a good traveler learns from experience both
logically and instinctively to avoid danger, or problems.
I suppose with age people slowly grow tired of repeating
the same problems, and expecting different results.
This idea of how to avoid danger is not easy to explain, and
I believe maybe impossible for some people to understand.
The reason it is difficult to understand it that it requires a person
to make good judgements.

I say sometimes, that my only claim to travel fame is:
“I have not been robbed in 4 years of travel”.
I do consider this an accomplishment. Almost all my regular travel
friends have had something they valued greatly stolen.
Whether their whole backpack, or just a camera.
So I sit around a wait for my turn. I hope I can make good
judgements and avoid losing my computer and digital camera
but I am sure one day they will be stolen.

So on with the show. How to avoid danger?
Or more appropriate... How can you make good choices?


Remember... You always have choices.
There is always more than one option.
If you have an itinerary written in rock, then I suppose
you will get robbed, mugged or worst. A great plan must
allow for changes do to unexpected problems.
Lots of travelers sit in hostels and complain all day
when it rains. I know they had a plan, and the rain interrupted
their plans. I laugh. The planned that it would never rain.
So to be a smart traveler you must allow for change, and
not demand that the itinerary is followed.

List your choices.
This just seems to easy to me, but I guess it needs to be
said. Whether you write them in your head, or on a
sheet of paper is not that important, but you should say
to yourself. I have X number of choices.

I will give my real life choices on coming to Ecuador.

I had 3 choices.

1. Go to Thailand.
2. Go to Pakistan
3. Go to Another location.

As I was looking through these 3 locations.
I had a feeling. hmmm Thailand sounds fun, but
I want to also go to Indonesia, but with this war
on terror happening that is not a good place for hobos.
Pakistan requires that I have a lot of money to be safe.
I do not have a lot of money, so take that one off the list.
“Another Location”?
What location?
I know I did not want to return to Europe right now.
I do not have enough money, or a boat to sail through
the Caribbean.
Australia sounds good, but naa.... Later
So in the end. I say to myself.
What sounds fun?
Ecuador sounds fun. I love Ecuador.

So what happened.
In reality the choices came down to 2 alternatives.

1. Want to, but am a little confused on how to do it.
2. Not confused on the choice.

So in the end, if you have to think, and deliberate.
Ask all your friends if it is safe, or correct, or what
they think? If you should go? Or just a complete
analysis paralysis.

Don’t do it.

The choice with the least amount of thought or planning
is the safest and probably the best. 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.

Article written by Andy the
On year 4 of hobo trip around the world.
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