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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  081
DATE:  August 12, 2002
TIP:  Watch your Nick-ers
LOCATION:  Malaysia / Thailand

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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

WATCH YOUR NICK-ERS

OK, Yes I am playing word games.
But if you do not want to lose your pants?
If you do not want your daughters to lose theirs?

I am not talking about pants.
I am talking about money.

USA SLANG
In the USA the slang goes like this.

“To lose your pants.”
is translated to mean.
TO LOSE ALL YOUR MONEY

BAREFOOT HOBO TRAVEL
To travel the cheapest.
You have to watch every penny and not lose
your knickers.
To travel on a budget or a shoe-string.
“The Barefoot Hobo.” .

NICK OR GOUGE THEORY
Here is a business theory put forth by a former boss
and very wise. John R.

I was asking him why some business charge a
lot of money and others seem more reasonable?

He said,
“Andy you can go and nick five clients,
or you can gouge one. In the end you
earn the same amount of money.
You need to decide what type of business you
want to have.”

PIRANHA OR SHARKS

PIRANHAS
This small meat eating fish in South America.
It is NOT very big. If you get bitten one time by a
Piranha it will be small cut and you will not die.
But you definitely got
NICKED.

SHARKS
A large ocean animal and capable of taking
a very big bite out of you. It can eat you whole
leg or take a huge bite our of your side.
You will come close to dying or die. But for
sure you will remember you got
GOUGED.

BOTH CAN KILL YOU

To travel Barefoot Hobo cheap you need to
count your pennies. My whole world revolves around
the value of my room. I am paying right now about
3 dollars USA per night for a room on the Island of
Koh Phi Phi in Thailand.

If I purchase a dinner here.
It will cost about 2 dollars for Chicken and Rica
and about 1 dollars for a cup of coffee or cold
beverage.

I DO NOT DRINK IN RESTAURANTS
I stopped drinking beverages years ago in
restaurants. Sometimes I do, but normally I do not.
I pay special attention to the price of drinks.
I do not like to get NICKED.

TRAVEL AGENTS
I buy a lot of plane tickets, and I will normally call
about 5-10 Travel Agents to find the published price
for a plane ticket. Some are extremely high. They
want to GOUGE.
(NOTE: I buy from Air Consolidators )

This Tip was the result of a fun conversation with
my older backpacker friends from New Zealand,
Alan and Pauline.

THEY NICK OUR SMALL MONEY
We was mutually commenting that Thailand is a
country where they seem to want to short or keep
the change. Or you order a meal, and they charge
you for the more expensive similar meal. Or the
taxi wants just a little more, because your directions
were not perfect.

I quickly label them “Nickers”.
They like to nick you.
If you have the correct change,
there is no problem. If not. They keep it.

I am pretty good.
I do NOT get nicked that much.
But I DO get NICKED.
Sometimes gouged.

People will tell you stories of when they got gouged.
They remember the wound.
I really worry more about nick-ers.

PIRANHAS CAN KILL YOU
It take a lot longer.
They have to bite you a lot more times.
But they can kill you.

RESENTMENTS
I do not like to build up resentments against countries.
I do not allow them steal my money, or
take advantage of my good will, or their stereotypical idea
certain cultures are rich and it is OK to steal from rich
people.

I recommend a person NOT allow a NICK
to happen. It just encourages people to be bad and in the
end hurts all involved. I have some of my best and ugly
stories about countries where they NICKED
me every moment of every day.

Loving life in an underdeveloped country
is learning how to avoid getting frustrated or angry
with a culture. There are lots of small problems that
have been solved in the developed countries.
Giving or being generous does not help a country.
Buying and spending money for good values does.

You teach them that NICKING DOES PAY,
and you get angry and want to go home because
you are losing your NICK-ERS.

SHOESTRING TRAVEL
I call it “The Barefoot Hobo.”
It is easier to save money than to earn money
when traveling. It is not the big things that count
in life. It is the little things.
There is nothing wrong with spending money.
There is nothing wrong with being a Hobo
budget traveler, or
“The Barefoot Hobo.”

I can tell if you are a Tourist or a Traveler by
Watching your nick-ers...


If you have 5 children work in a factory, and
sending your kids to University.
You already understand and know this tip.
(Thanks Mom & Dad )


2 RECENT EXAMPLES:
August 12, 2002
I went into an internet cafe.
I wrote down the time on my hand.
10 Minutes later I left. Total cost should be 20 Baht.
The guy ask for 78.
I told him he was crazy. Paid him 20 and walked out.
He knew he was trying to nick me,
so he did not fight.
An attempted nick!
(An honest person make mistakes in both directions.
Sometime they cheat themselves.)

August 13, 2002
Went and got a pizza with a Western girl.
She only had a 1000 Baht bill. I paid and she was
to pay me back later. She never paid me back.
More of a gouge. One nights room cost.
(Convenient loss of memory.)
Getting nicked by a tourist.

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

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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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