Why quit your job and move to Thailand? I don’t know, maybe it’s a terrible idea. It certainly throws a wrench into a person’s career path. Plus, speaking of wrenches, leaving friends and family behind is gut wrenching. So why do it? Mostly in pursuit of adventure and partly to, at least temporarily, flee cubicle rows.
Really, the list of reasons is pretty long. Some reasons, Brianna and I share. Others we don’t. Here’s a few (in no particular order):
It’s like Star Trek, but in the present
Culture differences are the coolest. In Sci-Fi movies characters hop from solar system to solar system, or galaxy to galaxy. As viewers, we find it intriguing to see the different worlds and people. I used to watch sci-fi movies and think how cool it would be to live in a time when I could explore the galaxy. Yet, we all live in a world where each country often has different geography, speaks a different language, and has different customs. There’s plenty to explore already!
The Cubicle Abyss
I don’t want to get sucked in and lost forever!
Because Thailand Looks Like This ^
If you don’t like warm water, beautiful beaches, and crazy limestone formations (called karsts) then you’re reading the wrong blog.
Thai Food Should Be Considered the 8th Wonder
If you don’t like spring rolls, pad thai, green curry, and peanut sauce then please, for your own good, go get your taste buds tested! They sound broken.
Also, in Thailand, a Great Meal Can Cost This ^ Much
Yes, you can buy a heaping portion of Pad Thai for 50 cents. And yes, it is shocking that it costs $10-$15 at home.
To Slow Things Down & Concentrate on Our Path
I mean the above in an entirely non-yoga kind of way. Neither Brianna or I do yoga or plan to. But the years were starting to rush by and blend together too much. We needed something to slow it down and unique experiences to keep our twenties for becoming a blur.
We both also have projects that we want to concentrate more on. We have a strong desire to slow life down and take a shot at entrepreneurship.
Travel is Addicting
If you haven’t traveled to see the world, you should. Abandon the beach resort vacations or at least change it up now and then. Traveling will get in your blood, become an addiction, and change your life.
If different cultures seem intimidating, start with a road trip. Drive across the US to see the great plains, the rockies, and the deep south. Or hop across Europe on trains and choose the less intimating countries to start with. Try real Italian lasagna and drink wine while admiring the Eiffel tower. Save the Eastern block for next trip.
So Star Wars has yet to come to be and we cannot visit Luke Skywalker’s home world, Tatooine. It’s unfortunate. But if we discovered Tatooine tomorrow and next week you won a lottery to jet off into space and visit the planet… wouldn’t it be odd when you arrived and they asked you, “what’s Earth like?” and you’d only visited 1% of it?