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The coincidental travelers, Trips on a shoestring

Jaki Roy, pilots a sailboat belonging to a fellow the Roys met "coincidentally" in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands during a 15 day vacation in January.

Jaki Roy, pilots a sailboat belonging to a fellow the Roys met "coincidentally" in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands during a 15 day vacation in January.

— The conventional method of travel can also create what Jaki calls the “ugly American.”

“The ugly American describes people who leave America and want everything to be the same for them on vacation with the same comforts. The ugly American on vacation is louder, more demanding, boisterous, and brash,” Jaki said. “People want to reach out and learn about your life too, and share experiences, but it’s when we become brash it creates a barrier between us and them and it doesn’t create a good feeling.”

The Roys said when going on vacation they make arrangements for their first day in an unfamiliar country. With the use of social media sites and websites like couchsurfer.com and other mediums they let the rest of the vacation play out as time passes.

During their Feb. 21 presentation they will share their techniques for travel, and how to do as much as possible with the least amount of cash. Rob said thier least expensive trip was a five-week trip to Panama where they spent between $12 to $16 a night.

“There is so much to do and see in Panama, the travel was cheap using busses and walking and we had a really great trip,” Rob said.

Their lessons are for anyone with a basic level of fitness, willingness to depart from one’s comfort zone, have free time, and (a little bit) of money.

The Roys book, “The coincidental traveler: an Adventure for budget-minded grown-ups” will be available for sale at the presentation and is also available at the Corner-Stone Bookshop on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh; Conroy’s Organics on Route 9 in West Chazy and on Amazon.com.

Space at the Alice is limited and reservations are encouraged. To reserve a seat or to learn more about the event call 846-7336, or email director@minermuseum.org.

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