This is a feeling I know far too well.
A couple of days after arriving in Melbourne I got the flu. Or I think it was the flu, but being in Bali it could have been Dengue fever which would have sounded far more exotic.
I was so sick and staying in an Airbnb room. After 3 months of hostels, this sounded like a fantastic idea. I’d get a routine, some normality, a wardrobe to hang my clothes in…
But I was stuck in my sick bed, and homesickness came rushing in like a tidal wave.
ALL I wanted was to just go home.
YOU are in control of your destiny.
That can be a hard pill to swallow, right?
Often we like to blame others for our shortfalls in life- ‘It was how I was raised’ or ‘Because of x I never got the opportunity to…’
And I get it. I really, truly do.
When I say ‘Bali’, what do you think of? Rice fields, temples, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and of course, the yogi-meditation hippie types!
(And a total disclaimer, I say hippy types in the most loving sense- and I’d most probably fall into this category myself-
Carry around a metal straw and bamboo utensils- yep
Daily meditation- yep
Ok I think I think I could quite easily fall into this stereotype). Now that’s out of the way let’s get back to it!
A silent yoga and meditation retreat…now Hannah you’ve totally lost it. And honestly, I was a little apprehensive of being alone with just my thoughts for a full 48 hours!
Not only does this northern Thai city have beautiful mountains and lovely locals, but Chiang Mai is also a paradise for vegan food!
I spent the first 2 months of this year living and working in wonderful Chiang Mai. It’s made a name for itself in recent years as a digital nomad hub and has a large expat community. And the great thing about this? So many incredible places to find vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, raw options- I mean, you can even find a Sunday dinner in the middle of the old city if you wanted!
Chiang Mai has become a hub of remote workers, freelancers and online entrepreneurs over the past couple of years. With the super low cost of living, amazing wifi everywhere and the beautiful Thai culture, why wouldn’t you want to spend time here!
At the end of December last year my flight touched down in the beautiful northern Thai city.
With 10 days of accommodation booked and no plans for after that, the Chiang Mai digital nomad experiment began!
So I’m a little late to the party, we’re already 13 days into 2019, but better late than never right?
Right now I’m in Chiang Mai Thailand. Whilst it was tempting to stay back home in the UK for New Year’s Eve, I knew 2019 needed to start in a new place, with a brand new perspective.
Do you ever find yourself in a city that just seems to connect to your soul more than others? That make you feel at home? Budapest is one of those for me and I can’t wait to go back some day.