Welcome to new friends: Joe Platt and Lynda Renham-Cook| Generation Passport

Generation Passport

Generation Passport is the end product of two years of traveling and teaching.  It is an online travel magazine and blog.   The goal of Generation Passport is to not only inspire generations of people, but to teach them how they can use the internet to work and travel in the modern world or “Work and Travel 2.0.”

In 2011, I traveled across Asia.   I have accumulated thousands of photos and had the experience of teaching in the former Soviet state of Georgia in 2012.  Travel has taken me out of  a bubble existence  into  a world that hasn’t even been documented yet or is just known to very few.  Generation Passport reflects the sum of my knowledge, and other’s,  from working and traveling with the use of technology.

In much of the world, there are people who consider themselves trapped for economic reasons or by life circumstances.  The internet has given travelers and workers tools  that didn’t exist  even a few years ago.  For example:  did you know you can travel across the world with free accommodation based solely on your character and a network of travelers?

I hope to take this generation of people, young and old, away from the negativity of the modern world and show them that it is possible to work and travel in the modern age.   Generation Passport  will adapt and change as the internet resources for travel change.

This is a collective effort and I need writers.  Contribute?  Join the club!  

I’ll give you a picture and biography slot below me for your help.

Start here…the very first post from January 2013– Generation Jobless or Generation Passport?


DSC01809Joe Platt

The founder of Generation Passport, writer, photographer, traveler, English teacher and EMT-B.  Joe has backpacked Asia and was the first foreign teacher in two schools in the  former Soviet state of Georgia through the program Teach and Learn with Georgia.  He hopes to teach others how they can use the internet to work and travel 2.0.

*Note:  Soviet artwork and propaganda is an interest of mine.  I am not a communist.

Lynda RDSCF6331 - Copy (2)-1enham-Cook

is a bestselling novelist and freelance writer. She is associate editor for the Scavenger magazine online and has written for other News Agencies as well as  British magazines. She has also spoken on BBC radio. She writes Romantic comedies which have all made the top ten humour chart.


via About | Generation Passport.

Top 10 Cool Things You Don’t Know About In Asia

There are things out there that you don’t know about.  I’m lucky in that I’ve been to places that people don’t know exist.  However, no matter how things are for you or where you live Your Backyard is Another Person’s Mystery Land.

Essentially, outer space is here for you to find on this planet.

Top 10 Cool Things You Don’t Know About in Asia

10.)  Thai menthol

thai menthol

Poy-Sian menthol–dropper on far left, inhaler and cap.  source

Thailand was the first country I went to in Asia.  The cab drivers and tuk tuk drivers were sniffing this little bottle of something.  Had I been in the U.S., or anywhere else, I would have thought it was some kind of  illegal substance.  Thai menthol comes in this little bottle with an inhaler.  You can unscrew the cap and use the dropper.  You put two small drops of it on your temples and you feel like you are in a halo of menthol–like floating in space.

9.)  Betel nut

betel nut

Betel nut in Myanmar (Burma) source

I admit, I still don’t know exactly what betel nut is.  I made loop in Asia and in Myanmar there was this strange red substance in people’s mouths and on the ground.  I thought “oh what is this?”  So I bought one and began to chew it.  It is a little nut wrapped in leaves and it makes you feel happy when you chew it.  I’m not classifying it, because I don’t know what it is.

And I thought when chewing it…”this is stupid…this is stupid…WOW I FEEL REALLY HAPPY ALL OF A SUDDEN!”  Then I started laughing for no reason.

8.)  Cheap street food




Should You Start Shooting Heroin or Should You Go Traveling?


China, 2011.

Instead of altering your mind with drugs, you are altering your physical reality you are accustomed to.   So travel is a reverse drug–you don’t change, everything around you changes.

So I turned on the T.V. and saw the A&E show Intervention.  If you don’t already know, the show is about people who have various addictions and undergo an intervention by friends and loved ones to stop their addiction.

Well, this one episode was about a drug addict on the west side of Chicago, not too far from here, who squatted in a vacant building.  During the show it mentioned she had spent thousands of dollars on drugs–something like $40,000 plus dollars on drugs.  $40,000 dollars.

I then wondered what kind of travel you could do with that kind of money.  With $40,000 plus dollars you could probably go over to various parts of the world, exchange that for the local currency and live like a king for  a while.

  • You could probably go couchsurfing for a few years
  • probably start a business on an island
  • probably go to China and rent a penthouse in every major city
  • disappear somewhere
  • hitchhike for years
  • get away from all those losers who make you want to use drugs
  • get to a region of the world where you can’t talk to anyone
  • find losers to hang out with in a different country
  • make yourself not a loser
  • resolve whatever problems made you want to do drugs in the first place
  • get on drugs that make you not want to use drugs
  • replace traveling for drugs
  • buy a gym membership
  • live on a dollar a day in a third world country for the rest of your life and then reincarnated life after that
  • jump out of a plane
  • take a motorcycle around the world, maybe even a few times–and buy the bike
  • probably a car too if you want
  • go to South America
  • buy a camper
  • get some sort of education
  • buy a computer to educate yourself
  • dress up in a suit n’ tie or formal attire and go to a high end benefit and look really cool with a rented luxury car and donate thousands of dollars.
  • pretend you are cool–you can do this with less money


Chinese baby confused at  sight of crazy white man, China 2011

This is not to bash drug addicts.  My point is that traveling is almost a kind of therapy, when done correctly.  It almost alters your consciousness because you are put into large groups of people and terrains that are not native to your birth culture.  These people don’t act like you, think like you, or maybe they don’t even look like you.  Instead of altering your mind with drugs, you are altering your physical reality you are accustomed to.   So travel is a reverse drug–you don’t change, everything around you changes.

…there is no greater drug than travel.

I think a lot of people get into drugs because they are bored.  Maybe that is why rural America has a crystal meth problem.  And of course, a lot of people make money by having you on drugs and certain groups are kept in their place by them.  So instead of spending time and money on drugs, find a way to escape–quite literally  Because there is no greater drug than travel.


‘fog’ Chongqing, China 2011

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