“The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.”
– Jon Krakauer
I have always stated that there are two solo travels that every girl should take in her lifetime : the first one, to discover herself and the second one to make from that person they discovered (or redescovered) their best friend.
At the beginning of this year, I made the decision to engage into a “self-recovery” journey in Brazil (if you wanna take a look at the story HERE).
Not an easy decision to make, as I had reached the buttom and evetually got stuck into this self-indulgence atittude towards life with doubts and fear regarding change.
“So maybe happiness is just not for me anyway.”, my mind was telling me.
Seriously ?!?! . . .
Deep inside, I knew something HAD to change. So without thinking it twice, I looked for my last powers and hope leftovers and I took a step forward. It was one of the most beneficial experiences in my life and I don’t even want to know how my life would’ve been right now if I didn’t make this step. Hallelujah !!!
Ever since, I engaged into a self development path and, although it was not obvious all along and it was a long way to go, I have finally reached a good level of self-awareness. Well, now, I am leaving once again for a solo travel, but this time it is different. This time, I am travelling with my best friend, not with a stranger I need to get to know.
Today, I am all about living a liberated life. Which means fully living the present, being aware of the joy around me and staying focus on who I really am, without all the inner or outer judgments of why it should be this way.
I must admit that while reading all those blogs and self-help book, I was very very skeptical. I am the kind of person that questions everything and needs to see it to believe it. And more at that point, when nothing seemed possible anymore. So I won’t pretend you will just trust my word and all of a sudden, make a 180° turn in your path and glow like a powerful morning sunshine. Sorry to disappoint you, but you have to walk this path and you have a long way to go. But trust me, although not easy, you will enjoy it as it is the most truthful one.
- Now, why Thailand ?
While most of the people go to Thailand to enjoy the beautiful beaches, loud nightlife, a nice romantic getaway, crazy adventure, cheap and good food (and the list can go on) well I went for only one single reason : to become a better person.
Mainly, for 2 reasons :
Recently, I have started to get very interested in Buddhism and I wanted to take it to the next level and get to learn and understand more with experienced people .
Secondly, I want to get emerged into a new culture, expend my confort zone and challenge myself to a step further.
Although I had a few of my friends that went in the same period as I did, I chose to go in a solo trip. Why ?
Well, I could write a book about it (or I might even do it one day), but mainly :
1. You gain a deeper understanding of the destinations you’ve visited.
2. You are FREE to adventure as you feel like
3. There is something so liberating about going to unknown places
4. Distance makes you put into perspective your life
5. You always find knowing yourself more and say ” Hmm, interesting . . . I didn’t know you could do that.”
Last but not least :
You can never be strong until strong becomes your only option !
So, relying on yourself might not be easy but is one of the greatest feeling in the world.
Here’s my Thai story of the at least 100 reasons to smile while being in the “country of smiles” Hope you’ll enjoy and make you book a flight after reading it !
1. Bangkok (Main HERE, By night HERE, Teacher HERE, Cooking HERE)
2. Chiang Mai HERE
3. Chiang Rai HERE
4 – 5. Phuket to Phi Phi Island HERE