Almost two years ago exactly I began my first backpacking trip to Thailand!
My junior year in college I got super burned out and almost didn't bother to finish my degree. I was working in a research lab and had a not so pleasant realization that maybe I didn't actually want to get my PhD, and maybe being a lab rat wasn't what I wanted to spend my life doing. So naturally I felt I needed to travel and gain some perspective, or maybe find my purpose even. Since I had never backpacked before and was planning on going solo, I was looking into places that are easy to get around and relatively safe for solo female travelers. According to everyone, Thailand was the place to get your feet wet as a backpacker, as transportation around the country is relatively easy and everything is so inexpensive. So somewhat spontaneously, I purchased my plane ticket and was going to be there for a month! Later on my friend Courtney decided to join me which was fun, we get along well and have travelled together before. When we were hardly friends yet she joined me in Germany and on a mini side trip to London.
Overall, going to Thailand was one of the best decisions I have ever made and it really did help me find my joie de vivre. I will be posting about the different places we managed to get to starting with my solo adventure through Bangkok!
If you have never backpacked before, I strongly recommend you do it! Thailand definitely stands up to all the hype and I really want to go back, even though there are so many places I have yet to visit!
Stay curious friends,