Traveling in Thailand, Cambodia or Malaysia can be done in many different ways, some like the divine many star elegance and others are happy with nature, a bed in a dormitory and no hot water, I prefer the latter. I also prefer taking buses and boats whenever possible and my partner will always fly if it’s an option, she just wants to get there and I prefer adventure all the way baby. The great news is, whatever and wherever you desire, it’s available!
One can travel by air for around $100 to most any city in country or use buses and ferries instead. The latter is always the low cost option and comes with lots of adventure as you’re never 100% sure how it will all work out. Often times you have to take a bus, then an open air bus to another bus, then a ferry – there are always so many at a dock at any given time. The Thais, Malaysians and Cambodians have got it down, buses and boats are almost always on time. Even if their English isn’t the best they always they make an effort and I applaud the them for this and their sweet and kind demeanor.
At www.FindingMyPlace.net, we want to ensure a safe and fun adventure while learning about what it would be like to live there. We’ll take you to safe destinations and clean and quality rooms. We'll sight see, meet Elephants, learn about praying and temples and introduce you to the places you may wish to call home and the other expats who can advise and assist you for a spell or a lifetime. Join us on our next adventure, you’ll be happy you did!
Out on a dive boat to see Thailand's amazing under water world with my dive buddy Jeanne. Everything was going so well then it happened. Shoot, my phone when into the sea, now what? My phone is all important with my photos, contacts and more. Put it all in the cloud and problem solved, right?! Almost, still need a phone to connect to it all or at least some type of device! In this day and age the phone is the most widely used device, it’s so small and easy to carry and has all the tools you really need.
I had an amazing experience with medical care here in Thailand. I had arrived with bug bites I got prior to my arrival and they were driving me nuts and not going away. I called the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok in the hopes of getting assistance, wasn’t sure what to expect.
Nicaragua is an up and coming destination according to all those in the know and it's still one of the greatest affordable living deals. So close to the U.S., just a couple hours out of Houston and now has a direct flight from L.A., how awesome! Get this, I just got a flight for $458, yep, you heard it right, AMAZING!!!! Not only is it low cost to fly there but it's still very reasonable to rent or purchase property. Whether you want to live near a gorgeous beach or in the beautiful mountains of "eternal spring", where Coffee and Cocoa are grown, good deals abound.
Many of us want a place to call home for part or all of the year, just like my friend Jessica. She plans to spend part of the year in Nicaragua where she can hike the beautiful volcanos, swim in the luscious Pacific Ocean, explore the rainforest, and enjoy the cool mountain weather (and by cool I mean 72 degrees or so). She found her perfect Shangri La for a mere $50K and you can too!
At 10am on Monday I get a frantic call from a single woman from California panicked about traveling to Nicaragua in a couple of weeks. I’m not sure if I’ve chosen the right places to stay! I’m worried about safety? Are there any other cities I should be visiting that aren’t on my itinerary? I was planning on taking public transportation but now I’m not sure if I should. You get the picture.
Every time I tell other women about moving abroad they are in awe and excited. Apparently I'm not the only one with dreams of beaches and mountain hikes, improving my language skills, learning about culture and supporting those with my skills to help the world be a better place. I fell in love with Nicaragua and you might too.
I felt really safe traveling alone and in fact preferred it over being with others. It gave me a chance to make new friends and boy did I. I met so many wonderful people and even connected with three other ladies on Ometepe Island such that we traveled together for several days just enjoying each other. I was the elderly stateswoman of the bunch as our ages ranged from early twenties to early fifties. We stay in contact today and share dreams of traveling again soon.
At Finding My Place (FMP), we are planning a trip to Nicaragua in August. Grab a girlfriend and join the party. Have you ever been there or wanted to go?
I spent 6 weeks in Nicaragua learning about how I could live there as a single expat woman, loved it and I’m going again in August, join me!
Me and my elementary school friend Kat have lived and traveled a little (okay, maybe a lot) and decided we want to live abroad again, and soon. We realized that if WE feel this way then there must be other women in the same boat - don't tell me you haven't thought about it once or twice in your life! There are so many things one has to do to make it a reality so we decided we needed to come to the rescue. We support women to live abroad for a spell or a lifetime, for whatever reason, and there are many; change of pace, learn a language or culture, you've exhausted all the men in your area and need a new pool......the list goes on.
Anyway, the first step is to decide if it's really for you and then you should decide where sounds good to you and then go there, that's what I did. Nicaragua is rustic, I like that. For a handful of dollars I travelled by bus all over the country, literally! Of course, I also rented a car so I could have all experiences, made it super fun. Similarly, I also stayed in hostels and 5 Star resorts just to get the full flavor. I met more people in the hostels so that is my favorite stay AND Kat likes 5 Star, of course.