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Stocking up cities, or places you should start your trip

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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  051
DATE:  December 04, 2001
TIP:  Stocking up cities, or places you should start your trip.
LOCATION:  Ecuador





What are you talking about?
Stock up on what?

As you travel the world, or as you start to travel the world
you will quickly find all cities and countries are not the
same. You have expensive countries in South America like
Venezuela and Argentina, or cheap ones like Ecuador and

So what happens, you take off on your trip and you forget stuff.
A towel, a razor, or a camera, or whatever else you cannot live
without. So I have come up with the term stocking up cities.
It is one of my 100 message boards to help travelers in

These are place where you can find the stuff you need quickly
and cheaply. These places are good places to start or end
you trip. Everything is just cheaper or easier.

I would recommend you start your South American backpacking
trips in either Quito, Ecuador, or Lima, Peru and hopefully ending
you trip in one of these countries. I made the mistake of trying
to buy an airplane ticket out of South America from Brazil and the cost
was almost triple of Peru or Ecuador.
(Caracas Venezuela has cheap flights also, but Venezuela is expensive)

So what am I trying to do? I am trying to get you to think
about the cheap countries. These are good places to start and
end your Hobo adventure. When you start you trip you will forget things.
Therefore they are great countries to buy those things. And
at the end of your vacation when you have overspent your budget
you can go cheap easy to wait to fly home, or to the next continent.
If you make a mistake in your budget or planning if you are in a
cheap country you can recover easier.

It is not just buying things you forgot, but other important stuff.
My examples:
Got my teeth cleaned in Quito. 14 US
Bought antibiotics for sinus problem. 4 US
Had my glasses fixed. 1 US
Yellow Fever shot 7 US (For Brazil)

I am not an expert on the world but I have created a great way for you
to help me, and other travelers find these places.
Please submit cities or countries like this.

I will give you some ideas... or examples:

Guatemala City, and Antigua Guatemala
San Jose, Costa Rica (Easy but a little dangerous)
Quito, Ecuador
Lima, Peru
Czech Republic

I would appreciate if you would help the other Hobo’s out there.
Tell the world your opinions of good CHEAP stocking up cities or
just great places to start and finish you adventures.
You comments will be posted immediately, and it only takes
a couple of minutes. Look for the form at the bottom of the page
to fill in and submit.


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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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On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
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