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Re: Colombia South America. by ferrariLaferrari: 10:52pm On Jul 08
ramalot:


Honestly, I wouldn't recommend that. There are 54 countries in Africa, so that's a huge barrier on seeing the world.
Start with the major African cities, then visit other continents. Variety beats repetition in most cases.
Having a contrasting perspective adds value to things you experience. You experience them more completely.

For instance, if you've only ever been to Eastern Nigerian states like Anambra, Abia etc, and then visit Enugu, it's more of the same.
Sure, there are differences, but the similarities outweigh them. Leaving you with an underwhelming experience and little stimulation.
Now, if you leave the East and visit say Sokoto for the first time, the contrasting landscape, culture etc delivers a much richer experience to you.

I've been to countries in 5 out of the 6 livable continents (Antarctica isn't livable). Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Only one left is the Australian continent. So when I visit anywhere new, I always have a contrasting perspective to view it with.

Random story:
In May, while I was in Indonesia, I decided to go spend a 3-day weekend in Australia, then return to Indonesia. Mainly so I can officially check it off my to-do list that I've seen all 6 livable continents - as Australia has never appealed to me much.
Anyway, I get to the airport in Denpasar, with a significant fever. I haven't had a fever or been sick for ten years before that, so I felt pretty bad. Counter check-in was required, and as I hand the airline agent my passport, he says "You need a visa to visit Australia."

I say "uhm, no I don't." Turns out I freaking did, but somehow never checked. Since I go almost everywhere without a visa, I took it for granted that Australia didn't require one. BIG FAIL on my part.

I could have instantly processed the visa right there on my phone, through an agency for $60, but I was too sick to care at this point.
On the bright side, I no longer had to take the trip with my fever, and happily went back to my hotel.
I lost the ticket, as it was non-refundable, but I was happier climbing into my bed than I would've been getting on the plane. cool
Wow @ your story
Tbvh am enjoying the thread, i love seeing active old folks lol grin
Re: Colombia South America. by Nobody: 3:36am On Jul 09
ramalot:


Honestly, I wouldn't recommend that. There are 54 countries in Africa, so that's a huge barrier on seeing the world.
Start with the major African cities, then visit other continents. Variety beats repetition in most cases.
Having a contrasting perspective adds value to things you experience. You experience them more completely.

For instance, if you've only ever been to Eastern Nigerian states like Anambra, Abia etc, and then visit Enugu, it's more of the same.
Sure, there are differences, but the similarities outweigh them. Leaving you with an underwhelming experience and little stimulation.
Now, if you leave the East and visit say Sokoto for the first time, the contrasting landscape, culture etc delivers a much richer experience to you.

I've been to countries in 5 out of the 6 livable continents (Antarctica isn't livable). Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Only one left is the Australian continent. So when I visit anywhere new, I always have a contrasting perspective to view it with.

Random story:
In May, while I was in Indonesia, I decided to go spend a 3-day weekend in Australia, then return to Indonesia. Mainly so I can officially check it off my to-do list that I've seen all 6 livable continents - as Australia has never appealed to me much.
Anyway, I get to the airport in Denpasar, with a significant fever. I haven't had a fever or been sick for ten years before that, so I felt pretty bad. Counter check-in was required, and as I hand the airline agent my passport, he says "You need a visa to visit Australia."

I say "uhm, no I don't." Turns out I freaking did, but somehow never checked. Since I go almost everywhere without a visa, I took it for granted that Australia didn't require one. BIG FAIL on my part.

I could have instantly processed the visa right there on my phone, through an agency for $60, but I was too sick to care at this point.
On the bright side, I no longer had to take the trip with my fever, and happily went back to my hotel.
I lost the ticket, as it was non-refundable, but I was happier climbing into my bed than I would've been getting on the plane. cool

Nice write up.

But I’ve been to many other countries, mostly in Europe.

African continent is my retirement goal to tour. I’ll do forays into Asia as opportunities presents itself like major world events.
Re: Colombia South America. by Emmyk(m): 5:27am On Jul 09
Nice. Following. smiley
Re: Colombia South America. by ramalot(m): 9:35am On Jul 09
ferrariLaferrari:

Wow @ your story
Tbvh am enjoying the thread, i love seeing active old folks lol grin

Haha. "Old" is a relative term, so it depends on how old you are.
I'm early 30s.
Re: Colombia South America. by ferrariLaferrari: 10:53am On Jul 09
ramalot:


Haha. "Old" is a relative term, so it depends on how old you are.
I'm early 30s.
And retired?
Re: Colombia South America. by kolnel: 3:27pm On Jul 09
@unitedalliance and 19aia

How did you guys saved up for the future and being able to afford all this trips

It seems to be a rat race here

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Re: Colombia South America. by Emmyk(m): 4:11pm On Jul 09
@ramalot , one can conclude that your horizon has further broadened due to your travels. And according to the popular quote:
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page". You have read a whole lot of pages. cheesy cheesy

I want to start my own international travels later this year by vacationing in Ghana and then Dubai. cheesy

And visit 1 or 2 countries from 2020 and into the future. Amen.

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Re: Colombia South America. by ramalot(m): 8:06pm On Jul 09
UnitedAlliance:


Nice write up.

But I’ve been to many other countries, mostly in Europe.

African continent is my retirement goal to tour. I’ll do forays into Asia as opportunities presents itself like major world events.

Oh, I see.

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Re: Colombia South America. by Nobody: 8:32pm On Jul 09
kolnel:
@unitedalliance and 19aia

How did you guys saved up for the future and being able to afford all this trips

It seems to be a rat race here

The company that you work for is very important. Young guys, hitch up to a company that offers matching 401K and pension.

For me:

1) Regular bank savings over the years.

2) Employer 401K. My employer puts in 10% of my annual salary and I can put up to 25% of my paycheck in there.

3) Pension. Based on years of service and age, my employer pays pension. I have a pretty decent one despite the fact that I took early retirement.

Also offers health insurance.

4) Social Security. US government pays its retired citizen a calculated monthly salary based on earnings over the years. Also offers health insurance.

5) Investment. Normal 9ja guy stuff. Buy sell stuff. Buy stocks and bonds. Ship cars to Nigeria, general hustle cool

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Re: Colombia South America. by ramalot(m): 8:38pm On Jul 09
ferrariLaferrari:

And retired?

The OP said he is retired, not me.
I did resign from my regular 9 to 5 job six years ago, to focus solely on my business.

My business is location independent. So, it doesn't matter where I am, as long as I have a decent internet connection on my laptop.
When I visit a place, in 90% of cases, I rent a furnished apartment on airbnb before I get there. I always rent for one or two months (this gives you a good price discount).
This way, I spend time in that country like I actually live there. Work at home, and go out to have fun when I feel like.

Works well for me.

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Re: Colombia South America. by kolnel: 9:16pm On Jul 09
UnitedAlliance:


The company that you work for is very important. Young guys, hitch up to a company that offers matching 401K and pension.

For me:

1) Regular bank savings over the years.

2) Employer 401K. My employer puts in 10% of my annual salary and I can put up to 25% of my paycheck in there.

3) Pension. Based on years of service and age, my employer pays pension. I have a pretty decent one despite the fact that I took early retirement.

Also offers health insurance.

4) Social Security. US government pays its retired citizen a calculated monthly salary based on earnings over the years. Also offers health insurance.

5) Investment. Normal 9ja guy stuff. Buy sell stuff. Buy stocks and bonds. Ship cars to Nigeria, general hustle cool

Gotcha
Thanks

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Re: Colombia South America. by ferrariLaferrari: 8:21am On Jul 10
ramalot:


The OP said he is retired, not me.
I did resign from my regular 9 to 5 job six years ago, to focus solely on my business.

My business is location independent. So, it doesn't matter where I am, as long as I have a decent internet connection on my laptop.
When I visit a place, in 90% of cases, I rent a furnished apartment on airbnb before I get there. I always rent for one or two months (this gives you a good price discount).
This way, I spend time in that country like I actually live there. Work at home, and go out to have fun when I feel like.
Oh that cool tho

Works well for me.
Re: Colombia South America. by Mizwisdom(f): 8:39am On Jul 10
UnitedAlliance:
Nice one.

We’re somewhat similar.

Recently retired from the US too but I chose to setup base in Nigeria in a suburb. From here I’ve been touring safe areas of Africa, primarily West.

Lots of US retirees in South America. It’s hard to tell our locals how underdeveloped and backwards Nigeria is. And this is comparing ourself to basic countries like Rwanda, Ghana, Brazil, etc not even first world countries.

Happy trails.


There's something about suburbs that I like, especially low cost of living, the ease of life, friendliness of people unlike in cities. Are you in the North or South?

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Re: Colombia South America. by Nobody: 12:12pm On Jul 10
Mizwisdom:



There's something about suburbs that I like, especially low cost of living, the ease of life, friendliness of people unlike in cities. Are you in the North or South?

I’m in Ibadan but much closer to Ogun state line.

Everything you listed is why I love suburbia. I can’t live anyplace else.

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Re: Colombia South America. by cutieme(m): 4:45am On Jul 11
UnitedAlliance:


I’m in Ibadan but much closer to Ogun state line.

Everything you listed is why I love suburbia. I can’t live anyplace else.
So you mean to say that cost of living is cheaper in ibadan and those people are friendly?

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Re: Colombia South America. by Nobody: 1:10pm On Jul 11
cutieme:
So you mean to say that cost of living is cheaper in ibadan and those people are friendly?

I’m my opinion but remember I reside in the suburbs not the city center. And as a retiree my wants, needs and activities are different from that of a younger hustler.
Re: Colombia South America. by 19naia(m): 2:24am On Jul 12
kolnel:
@unitedalliance and 19aia

How did you guys saved up for the future and being able to afford all this trips

It seems to be a rat race here

Wow. Other travelers have joined in to share theirs. We are never alone no matter what station in life.

I do not save money to travel. I travel to save money.
People make the mistake of thinking that travel is only for the rich.
Maybe not only for the rich but it definitely is for the financially secure or those who are wild and daring spirits, and do not mind flinging themselves into unknown situations and then working their way along the adventure.

I have a pension from my time in USA military. It is enough to survive in USA and live an average life there.
But if i buy a ticket to a cheaper country like Colombia, my monthly expenses drop by half or even more than half, in Colombia.
So as i stay 3-6 months in Colombia living for half the cost of USA, i am able to save the other half and put towards a ticket to the next destination. Easy that way to afford round trip airfare every 6 months to a new country.

The key is that i come from a rich country where minimum wage is easily more than 2500 naira an Hour. 2500 naira Per hour.
And where i used to live before commencing the life of travel 9 years ago, $1,100.oo per month in Hawaii was considered the poverty line, and if you earned less than $1,100.usd ,you would qualify for government assistance such as food allowance.
In Colombia, $700.usd a month is more than double the minimum wage here.
Cost of living is drastically different and always scaled differently among various countries around the world.
In USA i can suffer a meager survival with $700 a month, and in Colombia i can live very well with $700 per month.

So the financial scenario is reverse if you are based and retired from a rich country with higher cost of living, compared to Nigeria.
Travel becomes a means to save if you plan the right countries with good value and low cost of living, compared to USA.
Also planning my travels a year in advance allows me to search for airline tickets in advance when prices and special deals are available, good flight prices all they way to 3 months prior to traveling..
Then some places are very good deals with multi-flights where i book one ticket with several stops but i make the stopover for 2-3 months. That way i can split my time between two countries on one ticket and pay a mere $100-$200 extra for the lengthy stopover.
I did that last year with my flight to Colombia and Ecuador during 6 months and then a return flight to USA.
This year i had a flight to here in Colombia and then onward to Suriname. And then it is an easy boat ride and bus connection to Guyana. So 3 countries this year before return to USA.

I think i will reach 25 or 26 countries per my lifetime, this year. I have lived mostly in USA and then second is 8 years lived in Nigeria.
2 years lived between Philippines and Hawaii. Then a year in Nicaragua with bus trips to Panama, CostaRica, Honduras and X-mas time back in USA for a few weeks. I travelled to London, Paris and Barcelona before. Now i decide only 6 month travel rotations every year. 6 months in warm beach locations of Mexico during cold USA winters and then 6 months in high cool mountains of South America during the hot USA summer.

As of now, i am already planned ahead in travels until end of 2020. Mostly Colombia this year and into next year, and then i have to decide in which order i take the other destinations. One destination is a return to Hawaii and that is more about errands to attend to my abandoned home there from when i left because of volcanic activities that have since peaked and cooled down. I am always hesitant about Hawaii visits because it drains money like it is water. The place is too expensive for me, so i delay until i am a bit farther in saving and can survive a big hit.
Also Likely i go to Europe again next year, a stop in London and then make my way to the cheaper countries beyond Poland to the north and maybe i will enter Ukraine. Some of these eastern European countries are more comfortable and cheaper to tour than Nigeria.
Nigeria lodging per night is very high. Similar to USA prices but with less quality and absurd problems with water and electricity supply.
I no dey lie when i say i am considering spending some months saving money by living cheaply in Europe so i can afford the cost of a short visit to Nigeria within the next two years if things do not destabilize so much. Last time in Nigeria, fuel crisis hit very deep during my three months there. No electricity and then fuel became an issue for generator options, and then the electric pump for water made water supply fail also.
Like a domino effect, we were rendered to being better off living in the bush villages where they don’t have those amenities but neither the problems of living in cities full of desperate hustle for scarce resources.

This year was a big expense for me but a worthwhile experience with my son’s graduation, as he finally graduated University in Northern NewYork state USA. I also sponsored him a flight and some holiday experiences with me in Mexico this year, before his final exams when they gave them a two week vacation from school.
So i went from Mexico, to my home in USA, then to NewYork and then back home and then to Colombia.
And i drove my car from Mexico all the way to New York. That is like driving from Calabar Nigeria, to London England.
I parked my car in USA and flew to Colombia where i now enjoy walking everywhere that i go in town for my day to day affairs.

I am not married, so my expenses are rather tame without a woman to tend to.
I am looking for a woman to be with me, but i travel so often that i never stay long enough to know any well, and also at my age women are not as free from responsibilities to just up and go with me and wander without concern for things at home. The free ones are either too young or are aloof because they are not responsible people and would likely ruin my life into being aloof with them and incapable of making anything happen for ourselves.

And then some good women i meet who are poor and free to go with me from their poor countries, but their passport and visa issues are a problem without ease of travel that comes with a USA passport like mine. Also many ladies are simply afraid and inexperienced, they do not understand that people can travel and travel and travel and they can come with me if they truly want to be with me.
Many have said yes, but as soon as i say come lets go get your documents and other things together for the trip, they stand quiet and then go back to their lives. And i don’t beg them or try to persuade them, i just ask and say ok lets go and leave it up to them. I want someone who truly wants to go of their own will and has the bravery and initiative to take the risks and moves it requires for adventure in life.
Some have even collected money from me to get started and they spent the money and asked for more or never contacted me again. I don’t waste time looking for them again or asking them to repay me what i gave.
I am always booked ahead and looking to move on to the next destination and i cannot make progress in the life if i pursue people who cannot get themselves to make a move even when someone is there and ready to support them.

So 9 years of travel and experiences with ladies all over the world and none of them ever made the leap yet.
But it is typical that most people are not able to make the first step to fulfill their dreams or desires, they expect it will happen like they imagine or that it will happen like other people said it should happen, and when the opportunity comes in a different form, they do not recognize it and go back to wait for the way they think it will happen, and it usually never happens the way we think and we wait forever for nothing to arrive.

I have met people who wander homeless and broke just so they can wander and travel to see the world, even if it is from the position of dirty and broke in the streets, and these are USA citizens where poverty does not mean likely starvation and death like in Africa, pure oyibo people doing broke and homeless traveling.
People like that may be broke and homeless but they have a stronger spirit than me in taking the leaps for what they dream even if it comes via inconvenient circumstances. I have met some of them in USA and even mingled with some to learn of their travels.

There was a time after i moved back to USA from Nigeria during my Secondary school days, and i would never travel anywhere outside USA again.
My 8 year experience in Nigeria was so tough and traumatic that i never wanted to leave the safety of USA again.
I later travelled around USA for a few years and eventually settled near the border with Mexico and then 10 years after i left Nigeria, i ventured outside of USA and into Mexico.
It was 25 years after leaving Nigeria that i ventured back to Nigeria, but i had a return ticket with me and only 3 months. I tried to return to Nigeria earlier but my father and uncles bombarded me with fear about the trip, so i traded the ticket for one to Europe and that was when i visited London England, Paris France and Barcelona Spain.

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Re: Colombia South America. by 19naia(m): 2:35am On Jul 12
Nice one.

We’re somewhat similar.

Recently retired from the US too but I chose to setup base in Nigeria in a suburb. From here I’ve been touring safe areas of Africa, primarily West.

Lots of US retirees in South America. It’s hard to tell our locals how underdeveloped and backwards Nigeria is. And this is comparing ourself to basic countries like Rwanda, Ghana, Brazil, etc not even first world countries.

Happy trails.

Last time i was in Nigeria, i took a west Africa trip by road. Benin republic, Togo, Ghana and Ivory coast. I stopped at the line where the Ebola risk was high. Ivory coast was the safest country for the ebola risk that had happened before i came to Nigeria.
I would have tried to reach Liberia but the ebola risk was highest there.
I would like to do the road trip again some day, from Nigeria to Ghana or at least to Togo.

I have no interest in South Africa or most anywhere else in Africa, but maybe one day i would like to visit Kenya, Ethiopia and maybe others in that region of Africa.
I am done with Asia after 2 years with stays in Philippines and Thailand. The pollution is too much and i was always sick there.
Also Africa, i have to be careful about pollution. I suffered nearly fainting in Onitsha Niger bridge crossing and also in an area of old Ibadan.
I am sensitive to pollution and prefer rural areas because of that.
Re: Colombia South America. by alfonso36(m): 11:10am On Jul 12
My sister is an Adventurous girl, I can give her to you so you have a partner going with you on your journey
Re: Colombia South America. by 19naia(m): 8:23pm On Jul 12
alfonso36:
My sister is an Adventurous girl, I can give her to you so you have a partner going with you on your journey

Thank you sir, you are so gracious. But i will wait for face to face encounters with people along the way of my travels.

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Re: Colombia South America. by Makaveli1166(m): 1:38am On Jul 13
alfonso36:
My sister is an Adventurous girl, I can give her to you so you have a partner going with you on your journey
hmmm adventure ko adventurous ni...

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