"We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything." by Jonah Lehrer
I believe from an early age we are all taught to think outside the box, but only a small percentage of us are courageous and adventurous enough to act outside it.
It may take a close mate to push you, or a sudden tragic event that ignites a fire in you to be sitting in your nearest Flight Centre. Whatever the reason, I believe its a basic desire in us all to travel and I feel I have my parents to thank who had shown me 5 different countries before the age of 10. Now, 24 countries later and still counting, I no longer call it "Living the Dream", however more like "Living Reality"
September 2007 was the major turning point for me, when 4 friends and I set out for what was supposed to be a 6 week backpack trip around Europe actually let to many flight cancellations, countless air miles, endless airports, epic adventures/stories, the most amazing friendships I'll have for the rest of my life, memories I'll take to my grave and 2 years living in Australia which is where I'm at now. (oh and a family still wondering if I'll ever come back) The window for many incredible experiences is only open for a limited time. As cliche as it sounds, I chose to "live in the moment" and make this a period of time where I can say "remember when..." and "oh yeah...I did that" not a "what if?" or an "I should've." Nobody wants to kick themselves 20 years from now.
Out of that time a total of 4 months have been spent in Thailand and surrounding countries. I must say probably the best 4 months of my life. It's like the country has cast a spell on me, but one that I never want to be broken. After meeting & bonding with the Free and Easy groups, I now feel very fortunate to be a part of the Free and Easy family. Even as glamorous as it may seem to hop from country to country, party to party, it's always the people you meet and experiences you share with them along the way that bring the most meaning. Which is why being able to show like-minded travellers the secrets about this unreal country and expose its true beauty will be much more rewarding.
I remember hearing that we spend a 3rd of our life sleeping at night to rejuvenate ourselves for the day. Why then should it be considered selfish or lazy to take a chunk of time out of our working life to pursue a different agenda? If you are feeling your life may be a bit dull from routine, maybe Thailand is the cure...even the name means "freedom". After all isn't that what we are all in search of?