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I have been to India three times, the first time I spent about 4-5 months there, then one time in Mumbai and the other time in Delhi. My chief techie is from India and has worked for me for five years. I daily hear or know about India... this comment is hilarious of yours.
I really appreciate your comment, this is an extremely great reason people could or should call me, so they can learn the real truths about India. However, this is also a big truth, the country is huge, not easy to just stereotype.
I will always remember the owner of the Lions Inn or something in Varanasi, he said,
"I can never leave India it is a big question mark?"
India is the champ of the cheap traveler, there are 1000's of backpackers in India living on 1-3 dollars per day. It is the cheapest country I know on planet earth for travelers.
... hmm, Never leave the resort, pay a lot, stay in the resort... hehehe
Thanks for doing that India logic, this king of stuff is always appreciated, but I am 100 percent sure that India is the find-a-god, smoke-cheap-dope, and live on less than 5 dollar country of the planet.
It is also can weave a line of noise a mile long that sells beautiful people down the primrose path of tourist craziness.
Palolem Beach in Goa was in the past one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, I hear they did the India thing to it.
Andy, a conversation is easier to understand nuances.
...Is there Value in Calling a Professional Traveler
I have been toying around with an idea now for two years.
Are you planning an expensive trip?
Cheap people spend more money doing things themseleves. Rich spend less having others do it for them.
Problem is your demographic is mainly cheap shoestring travelers. They will gather all the info they think they need for free scouring your website and others spending countless hours rather than paying a few dollars. Free is the name of the game for this crowd.
A rich person would make a phonecall/email and describe what there looking for and buy or not buy. Pretty rare someone wants to barebone it AND pay to learn.
Backpackers pay more money than tourist, however the tourist pay it all in one week while a backpacker spends double the amount in three to six months.
I spend about 30-50,000 dollars per year on travel.
People are NOT cheap, they need value explained. I suppose I could record conversations with people, then allow them to pay afterwards.
People regularly sit on planes for 20 hours flying to the Philippines. Why pay a 1200 to 2400 dollars for a Plane Ticket from the USA to the Philippines and only spend a week? Yes, the person has to go back to work, but this is in many ways why the Europeans think Americans are stupid. The Europeans take off the month of August and have a real vacation with optimal value for the money.
I started travel after I took a six week vacation to Mexico, to me the idea of going to Mexico for a week was an annoyance, not a vacation.
Jeroen is truly jaded when we talk about this project, he has not bought into it, he does not believe anyone will pay for advice. Then I pay him cash, the cheapest of the cheapest, the king of cheap, ME, pays him cash.
I was a Real Estate Broker for 14 years, in this time I made close to 50,000 dollars in Consultant fees, no sale of property involved, just talking and reports.
I have explained for Jeroen many times, the type of people who can recognize value are great people. They are the rich, the intelligent, the busy, the true movers and shakers of the planet.
When selling something, there is a trigger that a person must pull within the mind of a person, there is a combination of words that helps people understand.
I use the words Homeless, and Perpetual traveler, I never used these two words until about a year ago. I keep trying to say, I travel continuously, but the word perpetual allow people to understand better. Homeless scares them, but also makes them see I do not have a home, so I lose and I win.
I made a 150-200,000 dollars in the USA in one year, I know great money, I made huge amounts of money. I now am making about 30-50,000 per year and living in countries like the Philippines. I am now richer.
If HoboHIdeOut.com continue on it 2-5 percent increase in traffic per week for one year, I will be ungodly wealthy.
I made 100 dollars yesterday while I laid in the sun by the swimming pool and talked to Expats about their views on Drinking, Pataya, Angeles City and all sort of wild and crazy subjects. There is a book called I learned about two days ago from Alan a British Expat called "Cultural Shock Philippines."
Wow, think of all the Men who marry Filipina women, if they just read this book, I think they could save a lifetime of arguments.... hehehe
Chuck, time to grow up, you are an incredibly smart man, use it for good and try to find a place where your brains are appreciated, sitting around belittling or taking the Piss and the Brits say is not utilizing your mind. I appreciate your comments, and know you want to learn how to never go home, but it requires work. Expats do not want to work, they want to know how to get free money.
There is some person right now as we speak who needs a hip replacement in the USA and does not have insurance. Alan this man had his hip replaced here in the Philippines, in a specific hospital, by a specific doctor. I am on the ground in may countries, I can find information that would cost you a plane trip here.
The most valuable commodity on the planet is information.
How may times has a consultant told you what you wanted to hear... hehehe, not what you needed to hear.
I do not care if you like me, hell, I have trouble even caring if I spell correct or have cogent convesations, my soul is not for sale, I can afford to tell you the truth, a rarest of information commodities.
Hey SAURABH, RELAX, Chill OUT, why are people SO sensitive about the slightest comment about their country of origin??? I've been to India a half dozen times and though I always preferred staying and traveling for much longer periods in Nepal and Sril Lanka than India, I do plan to go back to India soon. The prevalent fatalistic cultural mind set in India always made me depressed so it was never one of my favorite countries.
Back to the topic of this post, I agree with your Thai travel agent people want something, ANYTHING for NOTHING especially backpackers and budget travelers my wife and I know them better than they know themselves. My wife and I have toyed with this same idea for many years but always came to the same conclusion people who get ripped off, overspend, or get somehow conned or scammed will only WISH they would have paid those of us with wisdom and experience or consultancy / advice fee AFTER they lost their money and by that time it's too late. PRIOR to choosing their path offering advice for a fee will be looked upon as some sort of hustle or rippoff. Such is human nature! My wife and I have given advice and shared our experiences with our Townhouse Hostel guests since 1986 for FREE so much so that one of my one liners is, " our rooms are FREE you're paying for the information".
Re: Is there Value in Calling a Professional Traveler
I have been toying around with an idea now for two years.
Are you planning an expensive trip?
I have been talking for two years with my friend Jeroen my Travel Agent in Thailand. As a team, we could probably answer about any travel question better than anybody on the planet could. I have paid Jeroen cash maybe 3-5 times, I will walk in and give him 1000 Baht. I did this after he helped me buy a plane ticket from Nairobi, Kenya to Bangkok, Thailand.
NOTE: He said, and I agree, he will not sell you a plane ticket for any reason over the telephone because this would skew his opinion and the value. Gee, he helped me save about 150 Dollars, 1000 Baht is nothing, five minutes on the telephone and my life was cheaper. He is like any travel agent he gets annoyed when people call with no intention of buying.
While he is great with Visas and cost of plane fare.
I could answer question like.
â€œHow do I plan a six month trip to South America?â€
â€œWhich country is best to retire in?â€
â€œHow to make money with a travel site?â€
â€œShould I buy a round trip ticket?â€
â€œAm I getting a good deal on a tour?â€
â€œIs it safe to travel to Iraq, Africa?â€
I have traveled perpetually for 11-12 years, I continuously moved, never staying in one place longer than three months. I have visited 85 countries. I speak Spanish and French fluently, I know Visa problems, I can evaluate a tour, give you suggestions.
Would you pay 5 dollars to talk to a professional traveler?
Would you pay 10?
Would you pay 20?
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Well, Jeroen and I have been thinking about this for a couple of years, he is not excited, he believes people want something for nothing. I agree, but I also know there are a few smart people who have made bad travel decisions that cost them hundreds of dollars.
This is a travel insurance policy, it is a way to feel a little safer in your decisions, and we are not going to make the decisions. We are going to help you, and because we do not earn money from giving you bad advice, you win.
By way, I am not as strict and tough in person I can be sensitive to your needs. I used to sell to real estate properties per week I know how to listen as well as type.
1. Click on Telephone
2. Pay with Paypal.com
3. After you donate, the result page shows you my telephone number in the Philippines. (When I move countries, this number stops.)
If you want to call Jeroen, I will take longe to arrange with him, he has to purcahse a second SIM card number. He is more cynical about people than me, I understand, he deals with the young and foolish on Khao San Road daily, they want to go live in India and smoke pot... hehehe, the truly cheap travelers of the planet.
I truly enjoy these types of experiments, I know this is valuable, however sometimes it is strange to me how hard it is to convince a person something is a good idea. I called Jeroen up last week, I wanted to hear about the political status in the country, I wanted to know if the place was stable.
Please do not be jaded and cynical, I am essentially retired, I do not work very hard, I play on the computer a few hours per day. It is enjoyable to have projects, this is just another day in my life, not everyone has a secret agenda.
I am planning on writing a small compact pocket guide type E book "Common Sense Relocation, Retirement, Long Term Travel and Volunteering, Working and Doing Business in Central America" plus start giving people that want it, advices, consulting, AFTER they have contacted me by E mail, not through a travel forum list and then have talked to me by voice either Skpe, IM or phone. If I cannot assist them, first 20 minute consulatation by voice will be free, then will refer them to someone else in this region I trust who is able to, also for a fee, figure $7.00 per hour for research, minimum 6 hours.
There is no free lunch, however true friendship is priceless.
Last year I helped a business person relocating from Europe to San Salvador save $2,000 a month on rent..hard to beleive..the local San Salvador "Relocation Agency", utilized by many companies, since managers often not have the time to take new employees around. The "Relocation Specialist" jacks up rents 100-150 in the upscale areas of San Salvador and suburbs. Our Dutch friend was shown houses and condos ranging from $3,500-$5,000 a month. The next day I introduced the man, whom I had met via an Ex Pat forum, to a local Salvadorian friend who showed him 3 similar houses in the same areas..$1,200 to $2,100 a month. My Salvadorian friend and I got propinas of course, however the friendship is still priceless.
To those who will tell you you are "exploiting" travelers, well send them to the 'Cheap Travel' usergroup on Couchsurfing.org, advice is cheap.
By the way, this is a great idea, and works best with Adventure, Independent and Moderate to Upscale budget travelers and those wishing to adopt, retire, relocate, volunteer or work overseas.
Backpackers have their own networks.
Go for it.
This boy is no longer people pleasing anyone for any reason whatsoever, if someone is in trouble locally I'll give em a hand if possible and point in the right direction.
If you ask humbly (humility is being teachable) I'll give you an hour even
If you feel you are entitled in any way, well learn the new playing field, not level at all in many cases for teh foreigners, learn to kick the football (or soccer ball) uphill towards the goal, while locals run downhill by you. sorry dude.
My mistakes and errors in judgement are mine and for me all learning experiences.
Donald T. Lee
Ex Pat, US Citizen
San Salvador, El Salvador
PS By the way, common sense will save anyone, anywhere a lot of cents!
Don't complicate the idea..don't fitup
"Right thinking does not lead to right actions, right actions lead to right thinking"
And personally Andy avoid the old stinking thinking at all costs
Tell your clients after arrival to "IDENTIFY" with the country/region not to constantly "COMPARE" with US or other developed country, or other countries in the region as well. Get em in a heap of trouble!!!!
Philippines versus India... too funny.
Hard to say which country is poorer?
It is easier to avoid the squalor in the Philippines, there are more refuges, but for about 8-10 times the price of India.
Philippines rooms are triple the cost of what it should be for the amount of money it pays it people.
A good room price in the Philippines should be under 600 Pesos. I have AC, Color TV, 24/7 High Speed in my room, with a swimming pool. I pay about that... The trouble in the Philippine is you must continuously manipulate, connive and work for a good price, while in India you just can walk in the room.
Any room, in any country on the planet that says the word "Resort" is often or normally trying to bend you over for some American like prices, trying to say thing are cheap. If you want to go to a resort in the Philippines for islands, my hint is simple, go to Thailand forget the Philippines. Maybe go to Brazil, maybe Sri Lanka, there is always a new beach resort opening somewhere better.
There is nothing easier to find than oceanfront property, it is the people that make a beach fun, I am still looking for a beach with more than one bikini here in Philippines.
However in Goa, I can find many.
I am not a Travel Writers, 99.99 percent of travel writers get paid to talk nice about a place in exchange for a free room. It just sounds like prostitution to me with a different John.
The Real Country is what we remember, I have spent six months of my life in India and somehow you are sayinging you will show me the real India.
Ooops, I went from Mumbai to Goa by train, the went to Hampi then went by bus all the way to the Nepal Border. I stayed in many cities, I took the bus, not the train.
Cheap is the best reason I know to go to India, it is cheap, but truly you want me to stop or I will start talking about what I have seen in India, that I saw nowhere else.... hehehe
I have enough, this is dirty, this is a toilet stories from India to last me two lifetimes.