After revealing that I took the plunge and bought my ticket to Thailand, and proceeded to show you my über happy dance, you might think I am spending every waking moment scouring the interwebs about Thailand.

And that hasn’t happened.

Has the excitement of leaving again died? Hell no. 

I look at this countdown every day.

Then why haven’t I memorized the city layout of Bangkok by heart, made Thailand the background of my iPhone, iPad, and Macbook Pro. Why don’t I know Thai phrases yet, which shots to get, where to take my TEFL course, and where I am staying?


Because it turns out that I am terrible at planning ahead…

I did find this Thai airline wallpaper though which has me quite excited.

Nok Airline Calendar

(photo credit Huffington Post and Nok Airline)

If you hadn’t followed my blog previously before GoDaddy took a shyte on it and lost my server files, then you may have watched the hilariously desperate video confession when I ran out of money in New Zealand. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

You would think I’d do everything to prevent that from happening this time by planning every aspect right?

Well, I am planning for Thailand. Sort of.

Bangkok at Sunset

(photo credit Roni Weiss)

Even though I haven’t been oozing every second about Thailand on the blog and doing research, I have been working my freakin’ tail off for this trip!

Last month I set a goal to save up $1,000 a week at my job. How the hell can I do that?!


Well, the perks of working at a restaurant in the United States is that we make tips, and my restaurant we can make heaps of money. If you work hard.

It’s been tough running the blog and working at the restaurant, but it’s definitely worth it. Even though some nights I only make $100, other nights I’ve been able to pull in $470 in one day! I credit my impeccable smile and charming personality for that one =)

But do I really need to plan every detail for Thailand?

There has been a consensus from tons of people that have traveled to Thailand and Southeast Asia that I don’t need to plan a thing, that traveled through the country is extremely cheap and easy, and that getting a teaching job will be no sweat.

I sure hope so! Nonetheless I’m sure as the days go by leading up to this trip I will start preparing for Thailand more and more, doing tons research on Southeast Asia, and undeniably gushing about how excited I am on the blog.

Until then, the clock is ticking and I’m working hardcore to meet this goal set.

In the meantime, enjoy some of these stellar photo as I am from other bloggers 😉

Photo Credit Ronnie Charrier

(Photo credit Ronnie Charrier)

Photo Credit Lauren Juliff

(Photo credit Lauren Juliff)

Have you been to Thailand? Got any tips?



  1. Lela August 2, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Hey Ryan!

    I commented on your post (

    Anyway, Thailand is one of the best places to be! Tip:

    1. Always smile, even when you’re bargaining for better prices.

    2. Locals in Phuket are different from the ones in Bangkok. In Phuket, they’re used to foreigners and they don’t give a damn about being nice. Especially when you’re white, they’ll burn your pocket. They’ll charge you more than double of the actual cost price.

    3. Try the street food. They might look dirty, but they’re good. If you’re not into insects, try the live shrimps. Sure they’ll bite the inner part of your mouth, but they’re goooood.

    4. A Thailand trip isn’t complete without Thai Ice Milk Tea. The BEST ice milk tea is not from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc, but Thailand.

    5. Ride the tuk-tuk instead of taxis! It’s more expensive in Phuket, so ride the ones in Bangkok. They cost no more than $1, I swear but they might charge you “white man’s price”.

    6. Be careful of the girls there. They might lure you into a “trap”, my friend was under a spell, he went back there again and again. Beware, some girls are…previously men. Unless you’re cool with that. Other than that, they’re nice people!

    7. Fancy rides through the jungle? RIde the elephants and marvel at the lush jungle and waterfall in Phuket. Did that twice and it stops there after knowing how they train the animals. They began by tying their legs to trees, and beat the shit out of…

    I don’t know what else to say, but contact me should you need to know stuff!

    Lela, Singapore

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Haha, amazing tips! Thank you so much. A lot of useful insights here, especially the knowledge about Phuket! Looks like I need to brush up on my bartering skills.

  2. Mary @ Green Global Travel August 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I have no doubt that you have already learned a lot about travel – and that you will learn a great deal more in Thailand. Some trips are better served by an abundance of advance research and others flow beautifully even should you fail to do much preparation. Like New Zealand, it is a tourists and travellers mecca and I am sure that you will soon have new friends introducing you to the most wonderful and tucked away of Thai locales. Have a wonderful trip!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Well, the difference from where I was before I traveled to now is VAST! And that was just my first trip in New Zealand! I believe Thailand will usher in a new era of myself again. I will probably let preparation fall to the wayside because of work, but like New Zealand, I truly believe I’ll find my way.


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