Well for starters lets just say I was born with wings. Wings to fly, and I didn't realize the full potential of these wings until a couple of years ago when they brought be here to SE Asia, but more specifically "The Land of Smiles" also known as Thailand. But don't let me get ahead of myself, lets start at the beginning shall we.
My name is Hannah, but most people call me Hannah. I was born in the good ol' Southern state of Kentucky, mostly known for its beautiful horses and fast women. Growing up in a small town had its disadvantages sure, but one thing it didn't lack was land, freedom and trouble. I spent most of my summers in a creek, pond or nearby lake. Rope swings, cow tippin' and four wheelin' was just another day where I came from. Along with that I was blessed with a very outgoing adventurous family. Our family vacations consisted of your typical beach getaways during the summer and lovely mountain ski trips during the winter holidays. Although these were amazing, it gave me more of a wanderlust sprit. My earliest memory of really having the intense desire to travel came when I was in middle school. My brother's roommate from college had come home with him for a weekend. He was an American, but his Father lived in Thailand, and this is where he spent his time when he wasn't in the states. I was very interested in this life he had in Asia. As I picked his brain with what I'm sure was 101 monotonous questions, I heard of stories that only now have come to know as "Full Moon Parties", "Same, Same" and "Cheap Everything". I'm not even sure this person knows it, but until this day he is single handily the person responsible for planting me with the "travel bug" as we call it.
After applying and receiving my first passport I was super excited, not realizing it would only lay in my desk drawer for almost 4 years without a single stamp. My parents were very adamant that education would come first. I was the youngest of 4, and I consider myself the black sheep of the family. My older siblings all went to college and came out with nothing less than spectacular careers. After leaving my small town in Kentucky, I moved to San Diego, California and ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business, but honestly knowing I would never put it to good use. Over the years I did manage to sneak in trips to Europe and Central America but it wasn't until January 2011 when I finally traveled to Thailand for the first time that I finally felt complete. Cheesy I know, but true! After spending a little over 2 short weeks here I knew I had to get back, and fast. I didn't know how, when or where but I had made the ultimate decision that was going to change my life forever...I was moving to Thailand, length of time - undetermined.
10 months it took me to quit my job, sell my house, car and almost every possible possession I owed. I bought a one way ticket to Thailand and have been here ever since. People ask me all the time, "Do you regret it?" and the answer is "No". Waking up everyday and being on vacation is the best feeling in the world. The first year in Thailand I was teaching English on the boarder of Thailand and Burma and then working for a high school travel company. It was only a matter of time before I crossed paths with some amazing traveling junkies such as Free and Easy. Unlike many of the other staff I had never traveled as a group member, but one thing was certain, we all shared the love of travel. I couldn't be happier to join such an amazing group of people and to share the memories with many of the first timers to Asia. Traveling isn't just a passion of mine, its a lifestyle. Just don't forget your sunglasses, and remember, "Not all those who wander are lost."
Cheers, Chock Dee Ka,