At first, I thought I had it all: a good paying job, work in an industry I always to wanted to work in, nice cars, nice home, good friends, and most of the material things I wanted. In some ways I did have it all…
However deep inside I was miserable and unhappy. I realize I hated my job. Actually, I hated all my past jobs as much as the current one. Maybe the first month of working for a new company I did enjoy, but after the sixth month mark, I started to dislike it because every day was the same thing. My career was no longer fulfilling and satisfying anymore.
Even though for the past 10 years I’ve been working in the field I am passionate about and went to school for, the work environment and having to to do things I’m told to do is killing me. Also the time it took for me to commute to work and sit in my cubicle day in and day out was driving me up the wall. I finally made a decision to move to Thailand permanently and start my own online business.
But not everyone can live in Thailand long-term. It takes a special type of person. If you’re going to whine about the heat, whine about the insects, whine about the food, whine about the stray dogs/cats, or whine about Thai people then Thailand is NOT for YOU. If these things bother you so much that you don’t like Thailand then you should go back home or find some other place to live that fits your personality. Thailand is not for everyone, and it may or may not fit your personality or fit what you are looking for.
I think there are several types of people who can make it long-term in Thailand, and here is my list of those type of people. When I say long-term, I mean 2 years or more.
Types of people living long term in Thailand
- People who are good with money who can live within a budget.
- Retired people who have a good amount of savings and have a steady flow of income.
- People who have a job in Thailand, either teaching English or working as an international company as a contractor.
- People who are young or adventurous who want to travel and experience the world.
For me, I fall into two types – type 1 and type 4. But if you don’t fit into any of these types, you probably shouldn’t live in Thailand long-term.
Why I’m quitting my job and moving to Thailand
Note: this list is not in any specific order
- Sleeping in every day – No more setting my alarm at 6:30AM in the morning!
- Building my own business – Something I will be proud about. No more sitting in my cubicle and wishing it was Friday.
- Food – I grew up eating all sort of homemade Thai food. The problem when you’re in the West is that the main food is hamburgers, potatoes and cheese. I used to hate those, but over the years I have learned to like them, but I will pick Thai food over western food any time of the day. Also Thai food and fresh fruits in Thailand is very cheap. In the West, I can get a decent meal for $10, but in Thailand I can get 3 to 5 decent meals including deserts for the same price.
- No more washing dishes, no more cooking – I don’t cook too often, but I do enjoy the creativity cooking provides. However I would rather have someone else doing the cooking and cleaning. Also cooking and washing the dishes is time consuming. If I don’t have to cook or clean, then I can concentrate on other stuff like working or whatever I want.
- Cheap cost of living – It’s very cheap to live in Thailand (but not always cheap.. I explain my reasons here). If you can eat Thai food all the time, you can save a lot more money.
- Freedom – Having a cheaper cost of living will allow me to live off my savings and work on my online business full time. I can work on anything I want and when I want. If I don’t want to work, I can go to the beach for a day or two. No one is stopping me. I can live the life style I want and at the pace at I want.
- The weather – To me there are 4 seasons in Thailand: hot, very hot, super hot, and rainy. It’s hot year round in Thailand, and if you factor in the humidity then it can be a negative.
- The girls – Need I say more? I think I’ll write my rant about the Thai girls on another post.
- No more 9-5, no more rat race – No more commuting to work. No more working late shifts. No more office politics. No more dealing with shitty bosses. No more annoying co-workers.
I work between 8 to 9 hours a day and commute about 2 hours both way to and from work. If you add the commute time, it’s about 10 to 11 hours per day that I’m away from home. Even though I have it easy with a nice office job in downtown Toronto, after 1 or 2 years it became very boring and tiring.
Actually, I might be wrong here. I still have to put in the hours to earn a living in Thailand. I might have to work more than 8 – 10 years per day but without the office environment and the pressure.