You’re probably wondering why Travel Dave has been quiet this week, I’ve been busy relocating my life to Chaing Mai Thailand.
Why the sudden move?
For the past 3 years I’ve called the wonderful city of Tilburg my home, but I started to get itchy feet and wanted to do something different.
You could say I was having a mid twenties something life crisis.
Seems to be a popular trend amongst my generation at the moment with graduate employment being difficult to find, house prices sky rocketing high.
I Simply didn’t want to sit back and complain about it, so I decided to do something and make a change.
I’ve always used travel as a form of escape in the past.
Tilburg has been the longest place I’ve lived and after 5 locations around the world, it was the first time I felt settled down and felt at home.
I guess after all the travelling I had done up to that point, I just needed to stop for a little, I missed the home life, needed to recharge my batteries.
I was too comfortable and cozy
It did feel great to build meaningful, lasting friendships and get into relationships again, which Is tough when all you do constantly move and leave without a moments notice.
There does eventually come a point where it doesn’t feel right anymore, unless you know you want to stay in that location forever, you just get that gut feeling if its right or not for you.
Honestly, I had a crap New Year’s Eve, I spend the whole night staring into my glass of water wondering what the bloody hell I’m going to do in 2015, I needed a change.
Then I thought about what I always used to do and that was to get up and go if things didn’t feel right.
Tilburg to me was like a long term relationship that I knew wasn’t going to lead to marriage, so why was I hanging around? Thats why I decided its best to get up and find something different.
I sort of committed too deep and it was hard to let go, I just had to be strong and kick myself up the backside.
The first day of the year is normally when you commit to your resolutions. That’s why I decided to go screw it and ended up booking a flight to Malaysia, I knew If I booked it I would be unable to turn around.
It was actually very effective, I started to have panic attacks sometimes, wondering if what I had done was the right move.
But if you could have seen my face on the airport train, heading towards Kuala Lumpur central, crossing through the jungle, you would have seen it was the right choice.
Now it just feels right, I’m extremely happy and excited to be in Asia, its awesome!
New challenge, fresh start, I feel great!
Travel for me is like mental medicine, it instantly makes me better, I feel like I was born for this lifestyle I’m in my habitat when I’m on the road, it just feels great.
I just needed to conquer and get over my fear, escape from normal/comfortable lifestyle I had found myself in and get out there again like what I did in the past.
So why Chiang Mai, Thailand?
I’ve always wanted to try out the digital nomad lifestyle and be a full time travel blogger.
Chiang Mai is seen as the Valhalla for digital nomads, so without any plans I packed my bags decided to head there, rent an apartment, meet others doing this lifestyle and give it a shot for myself.
With affordable apartments, amazing cheap food, helpful Facebook communities, endless web resources, Nomadic working spaces, low cost in living, Cheap fast internet connection, fantastic weather, Chiang Mai has it all.
The more I looked into Chiand Mai the more I wanted to go.
I’m used to living a location independent lifestyle but I questioned if it could be done every couple of months. Pack my bags and relocate. All I need to live is wifi and coffee (which is almost everywhere) so I wondered if this lifestyle is possible.
Going to dip my feet in the water by testing stuff out here in Chiang Mai, then adapting to a system that works around the world.
I’ve always wanted to try it out, thats why I decided to just do it and give it ago.
If I fail? Simply book a flight to London and find an office job.
If It works? You start to see many more interesting blog posts on travel Dave.
Happy Days! Win win for everyone!
I would rather live my life saying I tried my best and given it ago than ponder around what could have been.
So here’s to the next few months and thank you for the continued support.
I’d like to end this blog by dedicating it to everyone back in Tilburg, who made me feel so welcome and the goodbye party meant a lot to me, was tough to say goodbye to a place I loved, going to miss you all. I was brought to tears at the airport, departing from Holland was not easy, that’s never happened to me and it really was a special period of my life that I will treasure. It was a place I called home and I’m happy it happend!
I hope this blog post explains everything a lot better now, the timing just felt right, thank you for your continued support and reading my blog posts, lets give this lifestyle a go and see where I end up next.
Feel free to post below in the comment section with what you think about this whole idea or if you can relate to any thing, love to hear from readers directly, thank you!