27 responses

  1. wandering educators
    September 12, 2011

    this is really important. i was living in japan when a fellow gaijin died. it was amazing to see the whole process in action. there’s nothing worse for the family than to hear that their loved one has died, so far from home. great tips – thank you!

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Thanks J. Hopefully next weeks post about online digital assets will be of some help too.

  2. Ivy
    September 12, 2011

    héhé … a bit morbid but now we all know exactly what will happen if we kick the bucket abroad. the interesting part was how to behave when you find the dead body of someone you know … keep calm, don’t panic ;) well, i’ll try, thanks!

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Morbid … yep, can’t beat that one yet! Hard to keep calm if you find a dead body alright ;) maybe the best thing is to freak out so they’ll put you on a flight home asap!

  3. Jojie Alcantara
    September 12, 2011

    Very interesting and valuable piece of information here, Dave. Thank you for sharing to fellow travelers. I also hope you are doing better now on your personal journey and struggle with your health. Wish you have time to visit Davao again just for relaxation.

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Davao wouldn’t be a bad idea! Newsletter out on the 21st will explain a lot in depth rather than put it all up here if you know what I mean.

  4. Michael
    September 12, 2011

    Sorry to hear you’ve fallen ill. Get well soon.

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Many thanks Michael. Currently using twitter as a distraction! ;)

  5. jim
    September 12, 2011

    Hi Dave: Lots of food for thought here very well composed.
    Hope your are keeping better.
    Regards.
    Jim.

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Many thanks Jim. Off the meds yesterday, fingers crossed. Update via the newsletter on the 21st with results!

  6. hayadith
    September 12, 2011

    get well soon dave..
    take care..

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Many thanks Hayadith!

  7. Tripper10:Tripsiders
    September 13, 2011

    Interesting post… :)
    Get well soon Sir…

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Thank you, next weeks post is about digital assets also quite interesting I think.

  8. Anna’s World
    September 13, 2011

    Nice to see you back :)

    Great post, simply everything anyone needs to know. Not many people like you wrote, not many people in the west like to think about this. But, it’s better now than when it’s too late!

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Thanks Anna. Yep, many people never act on these things. It’s just the way it is. Many more don’t even want to talk about it.

  9. Henry
    September 13, 2011

    Talk about in depth writing. I guess when you come close to this sort of thing you have to think about it more.

    Some intelligent thoughts, I’ve learned a lot.

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      You said it Henry. It’s when you come face to face with these things that you have the real experience to write about it honestly.

  10. Malcom
    September 13, 2011

    Nice writing. Good to see a drop of humor in there too. Bookmarked, I might need this!

    Stay well.

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Humor and death, a good mix!

  11. John D. Wilson
    September 14, 2011

    Good write up Dave,
    Understand about your not wanting to share your personal situation, though glancing views can bring in subscribers for a more serious look.
    Keep positive, be happy – we get one chance at this, so you might as well enjoy the rough patches along with the good ones.
    We live and learn from all things that occur in our lives.
    May the “force” be with you.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Thanks John. I’m simply not in a position to answer 1001 questions from causal readers, bots, spam, trolls, copycats, and ill doers in regards to this. If people want to know more about my personal journey, no problems, become a member and sign up. If they don’t, no problem read what’s publicly published :) Their choice in what they like, if you know what I mean.

      Just seen you linked to your own website, my first time seeing it. Well done!

  12. Marc John T. Godinez
    September 14, 2011

    lol! it looks like you’re preparing for your sooner death hahaha! :D But a very helpful piece of information for travelers ;) nice one

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Just a fact of life!

  13. Jason
    September 15, 2011

    Gday Dave, Great to see you back on the air and posting again. Although I’ve never had to go through this situation myself, I have a great friend who runs an eco lodge in Malawi. He once told me of the time when one of his long term guests dropped dead at his property from cerebral malaria.

    The stories of trying to contact his next of kin, and driving around with the body in the back of a truck before going to a morgue. Then having to pay for the embalming.

    Still with no luck from the embassy on who this guy was, or where he was from, they then had to have a wooden box built for his body. I can’t recall much more, but it was a real drama for him to sort out.

    I’m interested on your thoughts of a person digital assets. As you point out, I think this is going to be a major business going forward, with people wanting to keep accounts alive as memorial to a person. I’ll save any discussion for this on after you post next, but it’s an interesting subject to me.

    Hope your on the mend soon

    Jason

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 16, 2011

      Hey Jason, thanks. Still trying to catch up on a lot of things, without over doing it, or getting caught up on a lot of online stuff. Off the meds for a trial now. So the next week will be a big test as to how far I can go.

      Makes a good story to hear about that guy in Malawi. Not nice at the time for him, unless he had a good sense of humor. This stuff happens all the time. Last year I came across one hotel with 2 deaths in 2 months. Heart attack, and suicide.

      Yep, next week digital assets. A lot of research went into it, it’s a mine field. But, there’s a few ways developing that can help. Hopefully it will be of use to people on way or another!

  14. the candy trail … | Michael Robert Powell
    September 16, 2011

    Glad to see that Playboy Mansion stint worked well for you Dave. But seriously, hope you’re picking up. Me: just got back from that mountain horse-trek in Kyrgyzstan, stunning, tough; need more beer … maybe a coffin, soon.

    Regards – MRP

Back to top
mobile desktop