Imagine waking up most days to sunshine, maybe your plan for the day will involve a walk to the beach or what about a weekend break to Bangkok or one of the islands on Thailand? This can all be yours, you just need to find the courage to make the decision to move there. All to often we find sanctuary in not taking a risk by making excuses for not doing something.
OK, it isn’t quite that simple, but it can be if you get the plan right. There are many pull factors for coming to Thailand, but interestingly I suspect for many there are also push factors for why you should be leaving your domestic country too.
Here are my 5 push factors that could be just the reason for you to up sticks and try and make a life in Thailand.
1. Unhappy in your work
You spend 80% of your life working in full time employment, maybe you have a repetitive job or a long commute each day. It is getting you down but you need the money. What can you do? So you are left stuck and consigned to defeat. Is this really how you want to live out your life? Imagine your children taking the same approach to life, how would that make you feel? Desperately sad I would imagine.
Take some control here and explore options. You do after all get only one life, so what is the point in living one unhappy in work?
I had a job in the UK, and I am going back over 12 years now, where I was making about £65k a year / US$85k, I had a good career laid out in front of me, I was only 29 years old and in demand. Now I actually liked my job, sure it came with stress, but I enjoyed the challenge. However, I wanted more from my life. Even on that salary I quit the UK and came to Thailand – without a plan. I never looked back.
2. You are a Retiree and nobody wants you
As we get older it becomes a crying shame that we seemingly become less and less desired by society, we no longer serve a purpose for others. In work you have a status and value to others, but when that goes you become redundant in more than just one way.
Retirees still have so much to offer others from years of wisdom to excellent conversation, but who to share it with when the world moves on without you? Many retirees still get the pleasure of a close family unit and find activity in their domestic country to feel fulfilled, but many unfortunately fall by the wayside – if this is you, don’t stand for it and consider relocating to Thailand.
In Thailand you can meet like minded retirees to enjoy a game of golf with and share great memories. Plus if you are widowed or single, the relative ease of meeting a Thai lady means you can find a companion to share your golden years with. What is so wrong with that? In fact, it sounds rather pleasant.
3. You just want more
Do you ever feel you are just going through the motions of life and that each day feels a bit like a groundhog day? Every Saturday shopping in Tesco, work 9 until 5. Where is the escape? Well, the reality is it is only you that can break this rut and to change your life and come to Thailand could be just the tonic.
4. Growing discontent from your own country
Now I don’t know whether social networks are fueling this but I cannot remember seeing such discontent from various countries from the UK, USA to Germany. Maybe the world is just becoming a darker place to live, who knows? No longer can main stream media in its collusion with Governments keep such tight ideological restrains on its people. It is a good thing by the way, I am very much power to the people and that kind of stuff.
The fallout however is you now feel increasingly disenchanted with living in your country, maybe your escape from it all is a relocation to Thailand. I am not saying Thailand isn’t without its own problems, but being an expat and effectively an alien of the country, you can feel a little detached from what is going on and live blissfully ignorant in your own little bubble. It is your chance to disconnect from any given society and feel a little more independent and empowered.
5. You are fed up being cold
I can just about remember my days in the UK and yes sure the crisp spring days were a delight but the cold nights well they were just very cold. There is nothing fun about deicing your car windscreen and warming the car up every morning before setting off for work. The daily sunshine here in Thailand fills your body with Vitamin D and is a mood enhancer.
Now going through that list it is also likely you saw yourself in more than just one of the options, if that is the case you need to think even more hard about why you still decide to live in your domestic country. Plus, consider this also, this topic just looks at the push factors. Now start adding the pull factors to living in Thailand. The sum total can become very, very compelling.
So, will you make the jump? The decision is ultimately only yours to make, but remember you do only get one chance in life. Maybe it is time for you to move to Thailand.