I just wanted to say thank you. You are an inspiration for all those who want to travel and travel long-term. I am really sorry about your friends' death. It seems to be taking a toll on you. You seem depressed and down about the lifes that you are encountering lately. Things will brighten up for you. You are in Africa. Your goals are not impossible, or difficult, they just take a little time to brew. You have an idea of what you want to accomplish, and you have the time. Stop. Rest. You should take some time for you. Just a short break..a few weeks would do.
Really though, I have been reading your blog for 5 years now, and I am hooked. I have followed through some good and bad times. You have inspired me to go out and travel and leave my worries behind. I spent a few months alone in Europe 3 years ago with a little help from you. After wanting and dreaming the whole time that I really wanted to have my home be a 3ft radius around me, I am finally planning on leaving at the end of the summer to start my life as a traveling bum making money from the internet. The plan is to head to Thailand, but I have never been to SEA before, so I'm a little skeptical about my first day. Since oyu are the expert in my eyes on this reagion; any helpful hints on what to expect would be appreciated if you have the time. If not, I understand, and I would not be displeased in any way. I just hope that you will turn your frown upside down and put on a happy face and stop looking for the bad in the world, as much as it surround us. Sorry for the childish quote, but it has helped me at some of the strangest times. Congrats on the 20yr mark! Thank You Andy.
I think sometimes I am too goal orientated, one of my major goals of blogging or a website is to instruct a person on how to travel. Therefore, what do I do, I talk to much about the problems, because talking about wonderful things does not help a person to travel. I am generally a happy guy, I have missed the beach for the last couple of years. I went to the Caribbean and was annoyed. I think I am turning my frown upside down.
MAKING money from the intern? Hmm.. what is your website or how are you planning on doing this?
Thailand is easier than Europe. Europe takes severe planning and beucoup money, you need to get reservation and plan every day of you life. My big recommendation in Southeast Asia is... do not get a tattoo!
Ok, after you avoid labeling yourself for life, then learn to go slow, I think a minimum of 10 days in most locations, Getting robbed requires extreme work, getting scammed is easier. Fly into Bangkok, do not worry much about anything, just get to Khao San Road in Bangkok. Note, do NOT sit around and make too many plans, and do NOT get a reservation, unless you are arriving in the dead of night. Four Sons is or the D and D Inn are places to reserve expensive rooms.
There is no free sex in Thailand, they make you pay in some way or another normally buy buying large and buying beer.
Learn the List of Low Cost Carriers, these Airlines are NOT offered by the travel agents.
I will eventually make it easy to access this list by putting on:
There is nothing to say much about Thailand, search on my site and you can read for days about Thailand.
The best budget for one man in Thailand is as of February of 2007 is about 250 Baht and below, Bangkok is the expensive place, I stay in Room G11 of of the Sawasdee Smile and connect with AIS or One Two Call for a GPRS connection.
Hope life is good.
Andy in Lome Togo in February of 2007