Dreaming of Thailand (and Future Plans)

by Brenna Holeman






Koh Tao, Thailand
I’ve booked my tickets back to Canada – I fly to Toronto to see my mum on December 17th, in just about a month. After that, I’m going to Winnipeg for Christmas, and I’ll probably spend a month or so with family and friends. And then? Well, I don’t know.
Before I left for Central America this spring, I didn’t have a clue where I would end up in 2013. Midway through the summer, it all seemed to click into place: move to London. I have so many friends there, and want to start a Master’s degree next autumn.
And then, during my travels in South America about a month ago, that old familiar feeling started creeping in…wanderlust. I know I’m not the only who feels it even more strongly when actually on the road; suddenly, surrounded by other travellers and constantly talking about travel, one starts to plan and dream about the rest of the world, especially when current travels are winding to an end. Suddenly, London didn’t seem as pertinent. I’d be there permanently starting in September, for at least two years. Do I really need to move there in the spring? I started to think.
And now, my mind is whirling. I will have a tiny bit of money left when I get back from this South American adventure. A tiny bit of money, six months, and the whole world. So, where to?
When thinking about where I’ve been and where I’d like to go, two places keep popping up in my mind again and again: Honduras and Thailand. Strange choices, perhaps, but they have something in common: they’re both extremely cheap places to live and to dive. I obtained my Rescue Diver certification in Colombia earlier this year, and I now dream of being certified as a Divemaster (which would require at least a month of training and diving). And there’s just something about Thailand, and about the island of Koh Tao, that keeps me daydreaming while on these long buses through Argentina. Is it the beautiful clear water, or the delicious Thai curries? The white sand and bright sun, or the endless nights of laughter? I love Thailand, and I’m strongly considering going back to be a total beach bum/diver before heading to London to delve into my studies.
And now I turn to you: what do YOU think I should do with my time in early 2013? I’m open to anything and everything – the only way I know how to live.
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Rika November 16, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Well I’m clearly biased, but I think you should come to Roatan and do your DM at my shop 🙂

Christine loves to Travel November 16, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Do it!! Go to Thailand 🙂

Jackie A November 16, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Come visit me in NY either way 😉

amanda dang November 16, 2012 - 4:23 pm


though it seems you have already made up your mind

chinye November 16, 2012 - 9:54 pm

I say Thailand!!

This Battered Suitcase November 16, 2012 - 10:44 pm

Rika – It’s definitely still a possibility!

Christine – I just might…

Jackie – That would be amazing!

Amanda – Perhaps it does…

Chinye – It would be so great…

Steph Lloyd November 17, 2012 - 1:23 am

Thailand sounds wonderful!

Wondering and Wandering November 17, 2012 - 9:49 am

I haven’t been to Honduras, but I am in Cambodia right now and am just loving it so much, maybe you should come back to SE Asia since you were just in Central/South America!

Alana Morgan November 17, 2012 - 11:13 am

I’ve lived in Thailand for more than a year now and still love it…just saying….

Unknown November 17, 2012 - 3:42 pm

I feel like you would love Thailand! Might be a nice switch-up from South America…with still so many of the things you seem to love about it! And agreed with Jackie–make a stop in NYC 🙂

Agness Walewinder November 18, 2012 - 11:55 am

You should definitely visit Thailand. I just came back home for Christmas from Bangkok and Koh Phangan Island and I had a time of my life: people, food, beaches- everything’s so perfect. Have fun at home and happy holiday!

Sue @ SimonsSistaSaw November 18, 2012 - 1:13 pm

How about the Andaman Islands? Or am I just saying that because that’s where I want to head? Maybe (besides, I think their best dive season doesn’t line up with your time scale anyway).

It really sounds like you’ve got your heart set on Koh Tao so I’d go with that. London is wonderful but don’t rush here.

This Battered Suitcase November 18, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Steph – I know! I’m so tempted!

Wondering and Wandering – I’m thinking the exact same thing!

Alana – Very good to know…

Unknown – I already know I love Thailand, and you’re right, it would be a nice change from South America…

Agness – I’ve been five times already and I love it every single time!

Sue – Very good advice…and I will keep the Andaman Islands in mid! You never know…

Colleen Brynn November 19, 2012 - 12:46 am

I know deep in my bones that your 2013 is going to be bright and brilliant! x

Garby November 19, 2012 - 4:20 am

I tweeted you today about a restaurant in La Boca. Here’s the website:


It was amazing. Made me nostalgic for a time/place I didn’t know existed.

Antastesia. November 22, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Oh Thailand is one of the places I absolutely want to go! It looks like a dream, and I’ve been wanting to go there for years now, since my neighbours started going there everyyear and always had amazing pictures&souvenirs.
Feel free to stop by Paris whatever your plans will be 🙂
I have no doubt you’ll do something that will make you happy, and that’s the most important! Can’t wait to see what it is! 🙂

Lorra Fae December 12, 2012 - 5:37 am

Thailand 🙂 I’ll be there in Feb for the first time – and first time in Asia.

Jennifer December 16, 2012 - 1:36 pm

Thailand!! Come to Bangkok perhaps we can have a shopping date at the market?? Just a suggestion….:)

This Battered Suitcase December 20, 2012 - 11:17 pm

Thank you so much for your comments and your support, everyone!

Bailey@Lost&Found December 21, 2012 - 12:21 am

Koh Tao FOR SURE! My fiance and I spent a month there and loved it. In fact, that’s where our love affair with diving started. Not to mention, I could eat the pad thai and soup from the cart across from the crossdressing club every single day for the rest of my life.


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