Workationing Ep 8: The Uncle Tom Letter

The Workationing Facebook page ( – check it out!) received a message from Kelly’s uncle, Tom. Uncle Tom is a very seasoned traveler, and has some advice for the ladies as they work their way around the world.

Items up for discussion in this episode: how recognizing others being judgey can help keep you safe, how there’s no way for Kelly and Kari to really blend in (but they should keep trying anyway), and how being American in another country is generally not a good thing.

Uncle Tom also underscores the importance of finding fixers while out on the road, because these are the people who can help you the most. It’s important that your fixer likes you, and somebody who may be presenting themselves as a fixer might actually be a scammer. So, there’s a lot to watch out for.

This is further complicated by the fact that, according to Uncle Tom, Kari and Kelly’s “sketch radar” is not calibrated. The ladies agree with this, and discuss how to better tune their sketch radar – but it can be extremely difficult when you don’t even know what the hell you’re looking at. Most of the time, Kelly and Kari really don’t know.

This ep concludes with a fun story about how Kari almost got the Workationing crew killed by giving a Colombian woman a compliment.

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