World Traveler Blog

Mr. Tate will have people who have traveled and experienced other cultures post their stories here for you to ask questions. “Blog” with people who have traveled the world and maybe you will find the inspiration to do some traveling of your own :-)

23 Responses to “World Traveler Blog”

  1. Emery Burrell Says:

    Mr. Tate was telling us how you don’t use products with chemicals including soaps and toothpaste. How do you maintain good hygeine?

  2. Sam Fischer Says:

    I’ve been throughtout the United Kingdom (except for IRELAND),any other places I should consider?

  3. Frank Acosta Says:

    Would you recomend moving to Japan???????

  4. Matthew Fajardo Says:

    How many languages do you know? (including English)

  5. Scott McCalister Says:

    Frank A,

    Japan is a wonderful country full of contradictions - ancient culture existing with modern life and technology.
    On one corner, you’ll find a majestic thousand year old temple covered in gold; On the next corner, the Sony Electronics store.

    So far, Japan is my favorite country that I have visited. Citizens of Japan are courteous, law-abiding, and clean.

    Quick story:
    I noticed three Geisha walking in Kyoto and
    wanted to take a picture of them. But, I felt I would be intruding on their “ancient traditions” and decided not to photograph them.
    As they walked by, they pulled out a digital camera and took pictures of each other. Surprise!

    Japan facts:
    Nobody jaywalks, even at 4am.
    Japanese consider anyone speaking English to be educated, so they are amazed that our homeless speak English.
    There are almost no homeless in Japan.
    Electronic stores only sell the latest products, there are no old electronics for sale.
    Subway info is displayed and broadcasted in Japanese and English. (it is very easy to travel in Japan)
    Japan has the lowest birthrate in the world and offers tax incentives to new parents.
    There is a miniature Godzilla statue in Tokyo.
    Taxi doors automatically open and the drivers wear white gloves.
    Sales prices already include all taxes and there is no tipping.

    Although you may work and live in Japan, currently it is almost impossible to become a naturalized citizen.

    Mt Fuji is beautiful. Feel free to visit Japan and decide if you’d like to live there.


  6. Scott McCalister Says:

    Aloha everyone and peace be with you.

    I am honored and grateful to be participating in these discussions together and welcome all questions.

    The highest form of validity is learning something you already know deep within you, and “experiencing a feeling in your gut” about this truth. This is called “face validity”. Be aware of this as new material is presented in this blog. As it “jives” with something you already know within, you can feel and know it’s true.

    Much love

  7. Scott McCalister Says:

    Sam F.

    Great to hear about your travels! I have yet to visit the United Kingdom.
    Currently, another Around The World Trip is being planned, this time to Europe (Summer 2009).
    I recommend visiting whatever country you’re interested in… How about Nepal?

  8. Scott McCalister Says:

    Emery B:

    Good hygiene is rooted within.
    Did you know the greatest increase in
    human life expectancy occurred in the early 1900’s when soap use became widespread? (ex: Doctors washing before surgery)

    Albumin is a protein (super transporter) in the
    blood that is directly related to immunity, intelligence, life expectancy and likelihood of recovery from disease.

    Albumin helps “disinfect” the food you eat and
    any other material that enters the body. Soap use allowed the body to retain more Albumin, and therefore the person lived longer.

    The most detrimental bacteria to
    the human body within 1000 miles of Indio
    are right under your own fingernails.
    Immunity increases as one keeps their fingers away from their eyes, nose, and mouth (because of more Albumin).

    Have you ever asked yourself, “What does soap do? What is it made from? What do these extra chemicals do?”

    Primarily, soap simply emulsifies water and oil, removing the top layer of oil from the skin and therefore removing the dirt.

    I use a soft skin brush in the shower to remove any dirt manually, without soap, thereby keeping the natural oil in the skin. Our natural skin oil helps maintain an electrical valiance (called a morphogenic field) preventing unfriendly bacteria from growing (thereby staying more hygienic).

    I’ve probably only used soap or shampoo 5 times in the past 6 years.

    Almost anything on the skin (such as soap) ends up absorbed in the blood stream to some degree. If you wouldn’t eat it, then why put it on your skin?

    Have you ever wondered why some people smell, or smell differently than others?
    Most food to some degree is expelled from the body via the armpits and groin by the lymphatics.

    If you eat toast, we can look under a microscope and see toast coming out of your armpits and groin virtually unmodified.

    Can you image a fresh apple left out at 98 degrees for 24 hours? Not much happens. Now, how about a cup of yoghurt. Whew, it would stink. This is similar to what happens to food in the body and on the teeth.

    Sweat is sterile. It’s the food debris in the sweat that putrifies.

    If one was to use deodorant, a Liquid Mineral Crystal spray works well; almost all other deodorants contain solvents and petrochemicals. Healthy food choices equal a better smelling person.

    The joke at my dentist’s office is “nothing going on with Scott”. They ask me to visit once a year just for the heck of it. They even stopped charging me for cleanings. I only brush my teeth with water maybe 5 times a week, yet my teeth and breath are excellent. You may consider using a non-flouride toothpaste. Flouride is one of the deadlist poisons known on earth (nicotine and cyanide are the top two).

    Be more aware of your healthy food choices and use less chemicals in the bathroom. This will help keep one cleaner inside and out. You’ll feel better and your body will thank you!

  9. Scott McCalister Says:

    Matthew F.

    The joke is:

    If you know 3 languages, you’re tri-lingual.
    If you know 2 languages, you’re bi-lingual.
    If you know 1 language, you’re American.

    I’m currently American. C’est dommage.

    I only learned small amounts of Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, and Fijian while traveling.

  10. alexx! the GREATT! :D Says:

    heyy Scott

    just wondering did you ever get scared that you weren’t going to be it back home?

    what was going through your mind?

    you dont have to lie. I wont make fun of you. Like i do to Mr.Tate
    hahahaha :)

  11. Erica Espino Says:

    Hello Scott.
    Mr. Tate talks greatly of you and of all your adventures; I read above that you have gone to Japan and that is the number one place that I am trying to visit right now! I love Japan and everything about it. So would have any clue as to how much it would cost to visit there for about two weeks? And what are some places that I can’t miss when I do go there (notice that I didn’t say “if” I go there). :)

  12. Paige V.!!!!!!! Says:

    Hey Scott!

    the only place ive traveled to is maui. it was awesome!!
    what was ur favorite place to visit?
    and which island of hawaii do u live on?

  13. Scott McCalister Says:

    Paige V.

    Aloha! I currently have been living on the island of Maui for 2 years. “Maui No Ka Oi” means “Maui is the best”.

    Maui was my favorite place to visit on my trip, followed closely by Japan and New Zealand.

    Right now, Maui is covered in “Vog”, which is volcanic fog from the volcano on the Big Island.

  14. Scott McCalister Says:


    Yes, I was scared a few times during my adventure. There were no plans - once I landed at an airport, I immediately had to figure out where to eat, where to sleep and how to travel. I was completely on my own with no information.

    I was scared bungie jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand (took me an hour to work up the guts); arriving in Mumbai India at night and riding in an autorickshaw (we almost hit a cow); and traveling in an old bus on a mountain dirt road from Suva to Nadi on Viti Levu (Fiji) over a rickity wooden bridge.

    Travelling can become adictive. After 4 months, though, I was ready for a rest in the USA. All in all, the world is pretty safe. Everywhere you go, people want to live in safe areas.

    Most places you’ll visit will be filled with people who have far less than you do, or have nothing to lose. It reminds you to keep your “street smarts” and that Americans truly are wealthy (even the homeless).

  15. Scott McCalister Says:

    Erica E.

    I think you’re turning Japanese. Cool. It was the only country I visited that was NOT trying to be like America.

    Two weeks in Japan? Besides the regular travel advice, I recommed going in March for the cherry blossoms and visiting Kyoto. Mt. Fuji and Tokyo are also great places to experience.

    The cost for two weeks should be the same as visiting any other American city (about $2200 plus airfare should be enough). Bring extra money and do whatever you feel like in the moment, who knows when you’ll be back in Japan again. You can always earn more money, so spend it if you feel the experience will be memorable. It’s worth it!!

    P.S. Japan was also the safest country I visited.

    The most dangerous - Mr. Tate’s house.
    Simba ate my cup, my only shirt, and my comb.

  16. Mr. Tate Says:

    Haha Scott! :-)

    Simba…..your mortal enemy!

    Anyway, I wanted to let you know (Scott) and others that Scott should and probably will visit the “Healthy Living” blog as there are and will be many posts that he can contribute his wisdom to.

    Tate ;-)

  17. Paige V.!!!!!!! Says:

    oh! That is really cool! My parents always say that if we win the lottery we’re going to move to Maui, but i know it will never happen ….LoL
    I really want to go again! and now that i am older, i will be more willing to do things and try new things!
    What are some exciting things that i will be able to try or do?

  18. Mr. Tate Says:

    Extra Credit Question:

    Find and describe the snake that is “invading” Florida. This animal was taken into homes as a pet and some people released it into the wild. It has since made a perfect home for itself in the Florida everglades and its population is running wild. Find out the common name of this snake and describe its full taxonomy to receive extra credit! ;-)

    Good luck!

    ~Mr. Tate

  19. Erica Espino Says:

    The common name is the python (Burmese Python)
    its taxonomy is:

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Subphylum: Vertebrata
    Class: Reptilia
    Order: Squamata
    Suborder: Serpentes
    Family: Boidae
    Genus: Python
    Species: Python molurus

  20. Vanessa Rivera Says:

    The snake that is invading Florida is the Asian python.
    I googled the taxonomy of an Asian python and i got this:
    kingdom: Animalia
    phylum: Chordata
    class: Vertebrata
    order: Reptilia
    suborder: Serpentes
    Infraorder: Alethinophidia
    family: Pythonidae

  21. Vanessa Rivera Says:

    genus: Python
    species: Python molurus
    (The taxonomy was specifically for an Indian python.)
    I accidentally submitted it before I was done.
    Oh, by the way, you might want to check your punctuation on your extra credit question.

  22. Mr. Tate Says:

    Congratulations Erica!! :-)

    You have discovered the snake and listed the correct taxonomy!

    Great job! ;-) You are on your way to becoming a field biologist and researcher!

    ~ Mr. Tate

  23. alexx! :) Says:

    ur amazing dude! you have the guts to go out there & face what the world had in store for you! :)

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