How I Lived 30 Days in Thailand for $2,800

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Travelling to a developing country is totally worth it. Everyone asks, “How much does it cost?” Truth be told, outside of your flight you are living cheaper in a tropical paradise than you are at home. For the future travellers, I wanted to break down my cost in nice, easy to understand, whole numbers.

Note – It’s definitely possible to do this trip cheaper than I did, and if so I would suggest more hostels, and eating less food.

1. Flight – $980

Flying out on Tuesday’s are often cheaper. I flew from Vancouver to Bangkok with a short layover in Guangzhou, China.

2. Accommodations – $520

$15-20 per night depending where you stay. I usually opted for a guest room which is a hotel room and usually included breakfast. I mixed a few hostels in there. If you think about it, $525 is a month’s rent back home.

3. Food – $450

$15 per day is pretty normal if you like to eat. This on the generous side. Breakfast was generally included with accommodation. Honestly $4 can get you a decent meal in Thailand. Also tasty local beer (Leo, Singha, Chang) is $1-1.50 depending where you are. Spring rolls, pad thai chicken, pineapple rice are all necessary. Thai food is honestly delicious.

4. Adventures / Tours – $450

I budged about $15 per day for day tours. This included island tours, shooting hand guns, visiting an elephant farm, going to see tigers, snorkelling, boat tours, the list goes on. You want to have some fun while you’re on your trip.

5. Transportation – $200

If you’re not going to hitch hike everywhere, $7 per day will get you by, although some days you don’t need to spend anything. Thailand is a series of islands that require ferry rides if you’re going to fully experience the country. In addition to ferries, tuk-tuk’s, hiring scooters and taxi’s all require a few bucks.

6. Shots – $200

It’s worth getting your shots/vaccines before your trip so you don’t come back with dengue fever or something worse

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Your 20’s: The Decade You’re Never Getting Back

Live in the moment. You’ve heard it before. Straight up though, your 20’s are a pivotal and arguably most fun decade of your life.

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  1. Get Healthy – If you can’t get serious about your health in your 20’s while you’re young and single it’s unlikely it’s going to happen. Eat well and get exercising. Get in the gym, play sports and stay active. You’ll experience an energy boost and you will set up healthy patterns for your life.
  2. Travel – Yes, it takes some money and time. Everything worth doing in life takes money and time. It’s never been easier in the history of the world to book a flight and see the other side of the world. I’d recommend travelling solo as you’ll learn more about yourself and meet lots of great people.
  3. Find what you love to do – Try a bunch of different jobs. The risk is low when you’re young. Keep trying jobs until you find something you love to do. You’ll know you love your job when you’re looking at the clock wishing there was extra hours in the work day rather than counting down the hours to 5pm
  4. Get out of your comfort zone – Life begins outside of your comfort zone. If you start doing the things that scare you, you will become a more confident person. These things could include: solo travel, going to a movie by yourself, going to a party where you don’t know anybody. It’s scary at the time but once you did it you’ll be proud of yourself.
  5. Read – Successful people read at least 30 minutes per day. Work this into your daily routine to expand your mind. Set aside a monthly budget to buy books, way more valuable than a monthly budget to go to the movies.
  6. Don’t be afraid to fail – Failing in life is key to growing in life. Typically people who don’t fail live really safe boring lives. If you’re scared to fail fear will rule your life.
  7. Don’t compare yourself to others – Don’t worry about what others are doing. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday. Once you stop caring what other people think of you, life gets a lot better.
  8. Don’t settle – Do not settle. Ever. Don’t settle for “good enough” in relationships, career, or friendships. If you are continually growing those around you will grow with you
  9. Give back – Time is way more valuable than money. Give your time to organizations helping out. Giving your time helping others will allow you to experience joy. As it says in Acts 20:35 – “It is more blessed to give than to receive” Work giving into the very fabric of your everyday life so you don’t have to wait until you’re 65 to retire and start giving it away.
  10. Be a relationship builder – Make friends with different people. Everyone you meet can teach you something and you can help them as well. Friendship is a gift from God. Don’t go through life alone. Build relationships and go through life with people. It is way better that way.
  11. Experiences trump possessions – Once you have experiences you see they are way more valuable than collecting more stuff. More clothes, electronics, home décor is a waste. I’d rather go golfing, go carting, or hiking. You remember these moments your whole life. Materials end up wasting away amounting to nothing.

7 Things I Learned On the Way to 26

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I’m turning 26.5 in a month. Yeah that’s right, that’s just over 1000 days until I’m 30. Scary thought? Not really. 26 is awesome. 30 will be awesome when I get there.

I’ve learned some key things this past year:

1. Life is all about embracing seasons – Don’t try to be older or younger than you are. It comes off weird and people don’t like it. Don’t be reaching too far into the future; it’s not worth overwhelming yourself.

2. Life doesn’t start when you get X – “My life begins when I’m married” “I’ll be happy when I lose 20 pounds” “I’ll be happy when I get a raise” Yes there is a temporary boost in happiness (dopamine) but this doesn’t last long term. I’m not saying don’t go for your goals. All I’m saying is to enjoy the process. Love where you are at and don’t put the expectation of life starting when you get there

3. Read books – I like talking to people but truth be told I find my daily wisdom in books. Some of my personal favourites: Proverbs in the Bible, Adam Braun’s, “Promise of a Pencil”, “Start something that matters” by Blake Mycoskie and anything written by John Wooden

4. Keep things simple – There is beauty in simplicity. Fewer options is the way to go. The less decisions you have to make everyday is advantageous. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning and because I only own 2 pairs of pants choosing what to wear is not difficult.

5. Find alone time – Taking yourself out to dinner or to a movie is not weird. Find time everyday where you are not interacting with people. If this is exercising, going for a drive, reading a book, whatever it is, find what works for you and do it. It’s easy to constantly surround yourself with people. It’s difficult to find time in solitude.

6. Don’t compare yourself to others – This is so difficult. Why do you go on Facebook and Instagram? Is it to be inspired or is it to be jealous of what your friends are doing? Try take a month and only be better than the person you were yesterday. 1% better in relationships, 1% more productive, and 1% more gracious with people.

7. Be grateful – At the end of everyday verbalize your thankful thoughts. I like to choose 3 thankful thoughts and say them out loud. It’s easy to take things for granted and if we don’t stop and reflect the days just move too quickly