We’ve had complete independence since 1946 people, get the grip!
Western countries have the range of incomes and living standards just like we do.
Young western kids often have jobs when they are growing up, not because the family is poor, but to earn some of their own money and to get some real life experience and responsibility before leaving school.
Jon even leaves the Do Not Disturb sign on the hotel room door because, ‘it feels weird having someone come and clean up after me! Not all White people are rich; this is a hangover of the American occupation.
The only real difference is the higher value of their currency in the world, which just makes their own countries very expensive to live in and other countries cheaper to visit!
But this only works if they earn money in one of the expensive countries. And yes, poverty does exist in western countries, it just doesn’t the same impact in a news headline as a photo of a small brown child with flies on her face!
We both want to buy land to build our very own yoga resort in the Philippines.
Also, if you travel in mostly Asian countries, having a Filipino passport has way more advantage than his, he has to pay more than me!When I quit my job in the Middle East to start my backpacking journey, aside from the other reasons and lies I was telling myself and people around me about why I wanted to leave my corporate life, I actually left because I just wanted to have more time to understand myself, to love me and just to be with myself!Unexpectedly, during a few days exploring Luang Prabang, Laos, I met Jonathan!If everyone was rich, who would clean the streets, or do menial tasks that no one else wants to do?Ahh western-style economics, making sure we always have someone poor enough to sweep the streets!