5 Reasons Why I’m Going to Thailand for 5 Weeks 156

5 Reasons Why I'm Going to Thailand for 5 Weeks - letsreachsuccess.com lidiya k

On Feb 22nd, right after the day I turn 25 (didn’t plan it to happen then, by the way), I’ll be on a plane to Bangkok and will spend the next 5 weeks in Thailand.

And as much as I’ve worked on learning how to go with the flow and do things for no particular reason as these often turn out to be the most enjoyable things in life, almost anything I do (and don’t do) has a purpose.

I’ll now go through the reasons why I’m choosing Thailand and such a longer period to spend in South East Asia, as my first journey of that kind ever.

1. Getting out of my comfort zone, literally.

I haven’t been outside of Europe so far. It’s high time I see what the rest of the world offers, how another culture lives like, and to even put myself in uncomfortable environment in order to grow and build new skills and qualities.

I recently moved to another country and was happy to see that I felt like home from day 1, without feeling nostalgic, not knowing what to do, or letting my social life and good mood suffer because of that. That’s a sign I’m becoming more adaptive, which I consider one of the most important skills to not only survive in today’s world, but to thrive in it.

Comfort zones can be created anywhere, though.

A long time ago Mark Manson wrote an article on the dark site of the digital nomad that went viral.

He talks about the price we pay about this type of freedom and how living the dream can be lonely and boring too at some point.

That’s also the comfort zone conundrum I’ve described here. So be careful not to turn your new destination, or even activity or person in your life, into yet another zone of comfort where you’ll say no to growing and learning.

I’m excited for Thailand and am open to the challenges, the things I won’t enjoy that much but which will make me see and experience new things and thus come back stronger and better prepared for life in general.

If you’ve been thinking of traveling any time soon, I suggest you go as far as possible, at a place completely different from yours.

2. Slow travel is the real deal.

Thailand slow travel

Forget about going on a trip that covers a few countries (and tens of popular cities inside them) over the course of 10 days or 2 weeks. That’s insane. You come back more stressed than ever, haven’t really slept enough, and that means you were in a bad mood during your time off.

Travel is supposed to be one of the best experiences in the world. And mostly, a spiritual adventure. That’s why you should do it slowly, mindfully. It’s important to be aware of anything you see, to appreciate the new places and emotions that arise in you, to observe and learn.

It’s also key to take care of yourself while on the road. Which means enough and solid sleep, eating well, staying active, stretching, drinking plenty of water, and more.

That’s how you’ll feel rejuvenated and come back fresher than ever ready for reality to hit.

I’ve done enough of the fast type of traveling to know that I won’t ever do it anymore, especially now that I’m location independent and can do it anytime and go anywhere.

In the past, I’ve mostly done it because of other factors. Like the fact that almost anyone else in my life has time off from work only 2 or so times a year, or that I wasn’t able to afford a getaway to another continent in the past (didn’t have the confidence to take action upon it, mostly), didn’t have the mindset and productivity habits to know for sure that I’ll earn my minimum monthly revenue, didn’t have enough travelers and open-minded people in my life who were just ready to get on a plane and leave everything behind.

Now I’m more than ready.

I’m going with one friend only, and I consciously decided that to be an old one, whom I’ve spent time with in the past (she’s from another country but lives in Amsterdam now, like me) and who I know is a traveler by heart, responsible enough but light-hearted at the same time, and someone that won’t cause any problems.

I’ll be respectful of the fact that she’s leaving her job here and using her savings for that 5-week journey to Thailand. I, on the other hand, am going more to keep doing my work in the first part of the day but do it near the beach this time, to live cheap but to do all kinds of things that the place offers, to meet people, but stay in shape at the same time, work out and even give new business ideas a try.

Another thing that’s different from a few years ago, is that I now not only know a ton of open-minded people from all over Europe, but I’ve got plenty of them living in Thailand, who have visited it or who’ll be there at the same time. And counting the thousands of Europeans that are in South East Asia at any time of the year, I won’t really experience culture shock, I assume.

But still, I’m there to meet new individuals too.

3. Personal and spiritual growth.

To travel is to get to know yourself better, to see how you react in different conditions and whether there’s something you haven’t realized you should work on.

Traveling will help me become a citizen of the world, and thus be adaptive to anything unexpected life throws at me in the future, and feel comfortable in any new environment.

I’m open to learning things, talking to locals, coping with change (and not whining about it), getting a taste of the Asian culture, and much more.

4. One of the original digital nomad hot spots.

thailand for digital nomads

As one of the location independent digital entrepreneurs I’ve been following forever – Dan Andrews from TropicalMBA, says, ‘Thailand has long been the quintessential “lifestyle” destination. Chiang Mai is nestled in the mountainous north of the country. It’s almost tailor made for the digital nomad, with great coffee shops, co-working spaces, and serviced apartments just a walk and a knock away. If I were 18 years old I’d go to Chiang Mai instead of going to college.’

For those being in the online business and lifestyle design scene since the beginning, Thailand as a top destination would be outdated. It was the hit ever since Tim Ferriss published the 4-hour Workweek, and it was where everyone was heading to chill by the beach and work on building a software product or just freelancing, where events and conferences were (and still are) happening, where the cheap lifestyle made it possible for many to escape the 9 to 5 with some savings, move to a country like Thailand and give their business idea a try.

Together with that, Bali and the Philippines were another top choice.

Now, however, Europe is a preferred destination for digital nomads too, mainly Berlin, Barcelona, Lisbon and other hubs.

The factors, when calling a destination good for location independent business owners, are a few – cheap lifestyle, good weather, safe enough, other digital nomads in the area, good wifi, things to do, no visa problems or any other issues related to documents and access to country.

Anyways, for someone like me, who’s made it possible to make money online doing what I love, afford to move to another country in a more expensive city like Amsterdam, and looking to travel to a place like Asia to experience the ‘work from anywhere’ aspect of lifestyle design, Thailand is the best option.

In fact, here’s an article on Forbes from just a few weeks ago explaining why Thailand is still the best digital nomad destination.

I will be spending the first 2 weeks of my stay in a coworking space, actually. So I’m pretty excited to see how this goes.

And while I’m there to explore nature, get to know the culture, and stay focused on work and being productive, I might meet up with someone who’s in the area doing what I’m doing with my life, or even go to an event on a topic I’m passionate about.

Or, who knows, I might end up handing a single business card while working at a coffice somewhere in Phuket or Krabi, which will turn into a life-changing collaboration.

Whatever happens, it’s much better to put yourself where the opportunities are, instead of waiting for them to come to you :)

5. To make a statement.

thailand travel

Last but not least, I’ll use my mini-retirement to Thailand as a way to prove a few things.

Ever since I found my passion, had a purpose, started managing my time more wisely and improving myself, I’ve been trying to know exactly why I do what I do.

It’s kind of a reality check as otherwise we start taking decisions unconsciously and end up living a life we’re not satisfied with.

So, in this case, I’m going to Thailand and would like to show (not directly, but through my actions, posts on social media maybe, and stories after that), that:

  • South East Asia is better developed that many European countries;
  • traveling doesn’t need to be expensive;
  • living the laptop lifestyle and making money from the beach is a result of hard, focused work and staying consistent for years – unfortunately, most people still think this is either luck, or due to other factors;
  • that home doesn’t need to be a specific place, and once you get out there, you’re freer than ever.

By the way, I updated my About page this week, and added more than 3000 words to it, finally sharing more about my real life, not just way of thinking. But, most importantly, my philosophy of life – that each word I write represents – and the other statements I’m making with the way I live. So check it out if you’re interested.

What do you think about these 5 reasons why I’m visiting Thailand?

And what about you? Have you been there, or anywhere in Asia? If not, are you planning to? What can you do today to make it happen a year from now, for instance?

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Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings 13

Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings

Last week, Jeremy Rifkin’s documentary “The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Sharing Economy” brought to public attention the importance that efficient sharing economies will have in coming years. The slowing of industrial productivity, coupled with the looming climate change crisis means that the game is up for the “take, make and dispose” model that we currently operate on.

This might seem a little inaccessible from the point of view of an individual. Most of us don’t have time to make lunch in the morning let alone contemplate changing economic models.

Yet the sharing economy is growing all around us, from Gumtree to Airbnb and most recently, stuff-sharing marketplaces like Fat Lama.

Born out of East-London in 2016, Fat Lama is a peer-to-peer rental platform where users can borrow items they need and rent out items that they don’t. It’s completely free to list items and operates out of your local area.

Put simply it’s a way for people to make money off their belongings and for others to gain access to equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford. However, the platform has the potential to become a lifestyle as much as a utility. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Saving The Environment

By 2022, the planet will have produced a staggering 50 million tonnes of e-waste.

This is by no means as harmless as it sounds. We are racing through computers, phones, cameras and cables at an alarming rate and worst of all, we recycle none of it.

By investing in the sharing economy and renting rather than buying, you can make a stance against the destructive and wasteful effects of linear consumerism.

To illustrate the paradigm, let’s take the example of a power drill, which, shockingly, is used for a grand total of 13 minutes on average in its life. It is a waste of money and is using up precious resources to buy such an item. Whereas if you rent from Fat Lama, the price of which is around $5 per day, you will end up saving yourself needless expenditure at no extra cost for the planet. This is not just true of drills, but Lawn Mowers, leaf blowers, cameras and projectors.

Go Local

One of the big downsides to living in an urban environment is the lack of community spirit. Cities can feel stiflingly disconnected and it is not uncommon for a resident to have never spoken to a single person on their street.

There has been efforts made to re-localize districts, with cafés bars and social hubs popping up in suburbs all over the world. However, if you are looking for something more personal, using Fat Lama puts you into contact with hundreds of locals living around you who often, given the circumstances, have the same interests as you do.

For instance, if you are looking to rent a surfboard or Kayak, chances are the owner will be an enthusiast as well. This could lead to at the very least a friendly interaction if not a friendship.

Save Money and The Planet

The other great strength of renting rather than buying that it will save you a packet.

The sharing economy is founded on the principle that limiting ownership reduces marginal costs because the cost of production storage etc. is mitigated from the equation.

To return to the power drill analogy, a low-end model will cost you around $100, which means that every minute of use is around just under $8. Unless your drill doubles up as a cocktail-maker, this seems like an enormous waste of money. In comparison, the average electric drill on Fat Lama will cost you less than $8; really it’s a no-brainer.

Make Some Moral Money

Aside from the obvious social benefits, you can turn your underused belongings into hard cash, with virtually no effort.

We have all made some questionable purchases. Whether it’s that DSLR you promised your parents you were going to use or that sound system that never get used because of you neighbours. Now they don’t have to be an ugly reminder of the lost money but active assets that can start paying for themselves. Often the money made from these items can far exceed their original price, with some users earning up to $5000 dollars a month, more than the minimum wage in any country.

These are just a few examples of the way in which renting can impact your life for the better.

Right now it’s the fastest growing sector but the possibilities are infinite. What I hope you take away from this is that being an ethical consumer doesn’t have to be a bleak future of Spartan self-control but rather a re-imagining of the way goods flow today. Clean consumerism is not a dream, it’s right in front of us.