Living on Phuket

As this is my first post I would like to tell you a little about myself.  I am actually a very average guy, with a beautiful wife, daughter and dog.  I have a decent career in the science field and live a ‘comfortable’ life in Australia.

My first trip to Thailand was in 2007, I went on the tip of an old university friend who thought I would just love it, well he wasn’t wrong.  Since that trip in 2007, it’s like nothing else over here (Australia) really matters anymore.  I met my Thai wife in Thailand, she has immigrated to Australia and we have been married for nearly 6 years now.  Since the first trip I have been back another 6 times, most recently just last month for our Thai wedding which was VERY delayed.

Since 2007, 7 years now, I have had one persistent dream which cannot be dissolved and that is to move to Thailand.  I want this so much, that I am absolutely convinced it will happen, it is just a matter of when.  There are many reasons why I want to move over, and I will go into detail in further posts.

You may often hear the term ‘living like a king’ thrown around.  Well if I could move to Thailand now, on the same income I am receiving in Australia, that’s exactly what I would be doing.  With the cost of living being a quarter to a third of that in Australia, your wage essentially triples or quadruples.  The problem is my job will not allow me to work remotely and my career is very unlikely to bring me to Thailand.

So I have had to look at other ‘ways’ I could make a living in Thailand.  I have thought of an immeasurable number of ideas to make money in Thailand over the last 7 years.  From buying a bar, tattoo parlor, supplements shop, hotel/guesthouse, looking at selling on Ebay, seeking work with Bangkok pharmaceutical companies; I honestly had thought of them all plus many many more.  From all the research I have done, and by witnessing the failures of others, I have slowly learnt that they all have their major flaws and major risks.  Plus, I didn’t want to go and live in Thailand and be working as hard as I do in Australia; doesn’t that defeat the purpose?

So I believe that it was only because of sheer persistence that I am now on track to moving to Thailand, likely Phuket, within the next 12 months.  Without this drive to get there, I am very doubtful that I would have been introduced to the opportunities that I am pursuing now with my business partner and good friend Arjan.  Much more on this to come.

I am excited about starting this blog with Arjan, and I look forward to sharing our roller-coaster ride with everyone who cares to follow.  I am also sure there are many other people in my exact situation.  Stuck in one place, and only wanting to be in another.  If you are one of those people, then I hope you find inspiration in this blog too.