Recently, I was thinking about how much money I should be spending in Thailand. I broke it down by day, telling myself to spend only 200 baht a day, which equals out to about $6 USD. Then my friend had a going away party. Then another friend asked me out to coffee when I’d already gone out to lunch. Then I got invited to something else.
I had to make a choice. I could either stick to my extremely small budget, or I could go out and live my life. I could travel very cheaply or I could do what I wanted to do. If you know me at all, you know which one I chose.
I saved money to travel so that I could experience a different style of life. I wanted to go out into the world and experience it to the best of my ability. I recently watched Me Before You (yes, another friend date), and there is a quote from that movie that really stuck with me. One of the main characters says, “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” This could be my new slogan, I am so much in agreement.
While I definitely admire those that can travel on a super small or zero budget, I am not one of them. I like my luxury apartment with once a week cleaning, I like going out to eat with friends, I like having a bicycle and taking songathews (a very interesting Thai twist on a taxi) at night instead of walking. It’s worth it to me to maybe have to find a way to make money sooner rather than later. I am in Thailand to figure out what I want to do, find my passion and live my life. I didn’t come here to hole up in my apartment every day and force myself to be creative when I don’t feel it.
Sometimes I do eat three meals at home in one day. Sometimes I go out for coffee twice a day. Sometimes I spend hardly any money, other times I go crazy and spend $20 in a day. Twenty USD can get you pretty far in Thailand. The point is, I came to live in Thailand because it’s inexpensive and I don’t have to worry about things like sticking to a strict budget. As long as I’m not spending tons and tons of money, I can still live here for less than it costs me to travel in other parts of the world. So, for now, I quit budgeting. I quit worrying about money. I buy what I need and I’m a relatively budget conscious person already. But no more will I calculate how much I spend in a day and whether or not it’s over my budget. From now on, my goal in Thailand is to LIVE.
So yes, I will keep going out for banana coffee smoothies (pictured above). Because I’m wild and free.