Let the flâneuring begin…
FINALLY, after years of talking about moving abroad, my time has come. This August I will be embarking on a new adventure and moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The question I get most often is “Why Thailand?”
The culture, people, climate, and cost of living.
For those of you who know me well, you know I’m almost ALWAYS cold. I decided many years ago that I need to spend at least one year of my life living somewhere tropical. Perhaps after getting it out of my system I will learn to better appreciate Seattle’s cold, drizzly, yet mild weather. “Tropical” narrows down my search quite a bit. Up until a couple of years ago, I knew next to nothing about SE Asia. Over the past couple of years I have heard first hand testimonials and read numerous travel blogs that confirm the beauty and wonder that is SE Asia. After months of research and asking around, I have come to learn that the people of Thailand are known to be some of the most friendly and hospitable people in all of SE Asia (maybe even globally). Roughly 80% of the people are Buddhist and live peaceful lives. The people are known as the ‘smiley’ people. This atmosphere combined with Thailand’s incredibly cheap cost of living, interesting cuisine, and my fascination with different cultures (hence being an Anthropology major) makes it an ideal destination for me.
My main goal is to escape the city for a different pace of life. I’m very type ‘A’ and plan, plan, plan to the point that there is no time left for down time. I’m exhausted. I’m only 24 and I feel burnt out. How can that be?
I’m hoping some time in Thailand can provide me with some peace and perspective on my life.
I will be departing in the early morning on August the 28th. After a layover in Taipei, then again in Bangkok, I will board my last flight for Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. On the 2nd of September I will begin my month-long class with SEE TEFL to get certified to teach English. After completion, I plan to find part-time work with a language school (or whatever is available). Since I will only be working part-time, this will give me time to explore the city, make friends, and enjoy all the typical tourist activities. I will practice writing by utilizing this blog. Once I feel confident in my writing abilities, I plan to supplement my income through travel writing and selling photos to stock imagery sites. My dream is to be financially independent one day. If I can make enough money through travel writing and selling photos, I will be able to make my monthly student loan payments and extend my living abroad experience! Time and hard work will tell where I end up, and when I come home.
A Big Thanks:
I want to thank all of my friends who have been supportive over the last couple years in my dream to move abroad. I may have never worked up the guts to make this jump without your support and encouragement.