10 Ways to Identify People Incapable of Budget Travel

"A fool and his money are soon parted."
- Thomas Tusser

This Cote d’Ivoire girl is coming today to visit and travel a week or two with me in Ghana. I am afraid of three things, and one is a showstopper.

1. Age, maybe she wants to do young things like turn up the music, when I want to read a book, not truly a big problem, but it is reality.

2. Education, it is easy to have a two-hour conversation, when you spend 24 hours, seven days a week together, huge differences in world knowledge and education can cause problems. This is not normally a problem with girls from underdeveloped nations; they do not feel a need to compete the way an American or European girl is compelled.

3. Money --- The showstopper, by this I mean, when there are arguments over money, soon there is a parting of the ways. The show stops and everyone goes home…

Takoradi, Ghana West Africa --- Thursday, December 30, 2010


I happened to read today an article titled:
"10 Things we Overpay For?"

I read the list:

Afternoon Snacks
Bottled Water
A caffeine fix
Favorite tunes
A night at the movies
Fresh flowers
Fruits and veggies
Credit-card fees
ATM fees
Fax and mail service

This is really a list of 10 ways to identify people incapable of Budget Travel

I thought to myself, why doe this writer says "we," I do not overpay for these items. I know, he does not want hate mail, he or she knows, if he acts like we are all in this together, the readers will not get angry, this is a writer ploy to be coy.

Here is a fun story showing me getting a "Caffeine Fix."
Airport Coffee
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What the list is really saying to me.
I am quite sure, that all of us overspend on one or two of the items on the list. However, there are people regularly overspend on five or more of the items on the list. This is a simple list and a person can observe friend, family, business associates and lovers. If the person regularly overspends on these items, it unlikely this person can save money or stay in a travel budget.

I am intrigued when a reader wants me to spend money to live in an expensive hotel, I think to myself, that is over budget. I do not think treat myself, I just think, that is over budget and off limits, a true budget is a line in the sand that cannot be crossed, it is not very flexible, or it is not a budget it is a silly mind game. There is something greedy, needy and worrisome about people who overspend, they worry me, are they ok?

I overspend when I have no choice, when I am in a tourist trap and cannot escape. The splurge mentality is an addiction, always splurging, never saving, it is the American way. When do people stop spending, when the money is gone, that is the normal travel budget. I am a perpetual traveler, and on endless vacation because I live within my means.

Solution to a Girl Spending my Money Problem
I will give X amount of money to the girl per day, this will be her money to spend as she likes, if she spends it foolishly, then it is her choice. I will give her an allowance, if she saves the money and uses it wisely, I will know there is no need for an allowance, if she spends it foolishly, then we are not going to be friends for long.

"A fool and his money are soon parted."
"I soon part from people who spend money like a fool."

I do not keep a strict budget, I have strict top limits, I spend under 15 dollar per day for rooms, food is about five dollars per day, or one to two dollars per meal, I seldom drink soft drinks, I gave up drinking sugar water when I was 16 years old, I only drink soft drinks to be sociable.

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There is a belief in Africa, that white people do not care how much money they spend, that money is not important. It is more prevalent here, than in South America or Asia. I am extremely wealthy compared to the average African person, I never forget this, and for that, I am grateful, I was a lucky sperm.

However, where did they get the opinion that whites do not care about money? Well, it is possible they have been watching all the United Nations, Project Workers, and save the world NGO’s and Missionaries. These groups did not earn the money; they are spending other people money as if it was a never-ending source, coming from fools. Oops…

A dollar saved, is worth three dollars earned, it is ten times easier to save a dollar, than to earn three.

10 think from my friend Ray
Original 10 things article

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10 Ways to Identify People Incapable of Budget Travel