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Monday, August 10, 2009

Dragging Culture With You

We are a very fortunate family to be living in the U.S.A. Our standard of living is unbelievable compared to most other parts of the world. In the US, an income of $20,000 is viewed as barely getting by, but in other parts of the world, $20,000 is a huge, enormous, living high on the hog amount affording you servants galore. What is considered the equivalent of $20,000 in such parts of the world? Around $500 per year. Yes, around $500 per year is considered a barely getting by income in some parts of the world. Where are these parts? Many are in South America, some in the Asia, and some are in Africa. So, for $500, you could be barely getting by for a year as long as what you consider barely getting by is the same as what locals consider barely getting by. What does this help us do for our trip? If we are smart about peppering our voyage with these inexpensive locations, and we are willing to immerse ourselves in the local culture, then the costs of the trip gets reduced dramatically. To do this, we must not drag our culture with us, we must embrace the culture of where ever we go.

That is, you can't drag your culuture with you

Consider that, the $20,000 standard of living in the US in some parts of the world is equivalent to $1,000.

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