Departure day is quickly approaching and, luckily, things are moving along quite well. I finally got my updated passport (52 beautiful, blank pages!), and I immediately bought my ticket, choosing an Eastern route around the world. I’ll make stops in Heathrow (which I adore) and Singapore (a new airport) before arriving in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’ll only take two days.
Cross your fingers for window seats!
I also put in my formal resignation at work, which makes everything feel more real. I haven’t started to feel lazy yet, but I’m sure that’s coming in the very near future.
To prepare for life in Thailand, I am torn between total preparation and letting things come naturally. I want to experience things as they come, but I also don’t want to be scrambling for a hotel room after a 35-hour flight. So far, preparation has won.
Dang you, Type-A personality!
My first order of business is looking for an apartment. I briefly considered a roommate situation, but I haven’t done that since I was 18. I don’t know if I could live with someone who expects me to clean up after myself and to be considerate of their space.
After snapping out of the roommate idea, I buckled down and set a budget of 9000 baht per month (~$250). I also want to live within walking distance of my coworking space. I don’t think the good Thai people are ready for me to be on a moped.
I searched online and sent tons of emails.
I found a place to live about a kilometer away from my coworking space. And, the best part is that it’s only 6000 baht/month, which is about $170. AND, there is a weekly cleaning service included. No, it’s not fancy, but the website kept bragging about their hot water, so I took that as a good sign. I also asked for the quietest room and the woman said she would reserve the room at the very back for the guesthouse.
I am a happy girl.
In just a few days, I’ll be selling my car and sending my books, outdoor gear, KitchenAid mixer, and nostalgic crap I feel obligated to keep to my sister’s house. (Thanks, Erin for storing my teasingly diverse items.) After that, I just need to get rid of everything else in my apartment. Then, I’m ready to go!
I can’t believe it. Just a few weeks ago, I was sitting in an awkward holding period waiting for things to happen. Now, I’m practically ready to go.
I would just sit around and wait for time to pass, but I have too much to do…..
This type of planning really reminds me that I’m not going on vacation. This adventure is not simply skirting responsibility for a life of luxury. (Did I mention I’m moving to Thailand?) That’s not the situation at all. I’m going to Asia to work and to live and to immerse myself in my business, the culture, and into myself. It’s kind of like a cross between a gap year and a sabbatical. Yes, I have goals, but I am trying not to lose sight of this amazing opportunity I’m giving myself.
I’ve worked hard to save enough money to live for a year. This money gives me the security I crave and the space to be creative and courageous in a way that’s never been possible before.
Because of this, I’m trying not to let my love for planning and order to get in the way. This is uncharted territory for me. I don’t know what life is going to look like. I don’t know anything about the food or customs. I also don’t want to have too many expectations going in.
This may be a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I hope not, but I understand the realities of money, life, and responsibility. So, yes, I’m prepared, but I’m also open to what is coming my way.
69 days to go….