Phuket, Thailand - Week 4
I technically didn't spend 4 FULL weeks in Thailand, but I got a Monday and Tuesday out of the last week so i'm counting it! I thought I'd use the opportunity to talk about what I wish i'd done differently on my trip and what I'd do when I go back.
1. I wish I'd swallowed my fear and done a dive with my sister
Yes, I am terrified of the water. No, nothing bad has ever happened to me in the water. When I say me and my sister couldn't be any more different, I mean it! She feels more comfortable in the water than on land and I basically have panic attacks when I can't see the sea bed. Over the past few years I've been trying really hard to build up my confidence in the water, and seemingly improving my completely irrational fear. I've snorkeled the great barrier reef, been caught in a rip tide on Bondi Beach and even attempted (please notice I have said "attempted", my instructor was poor) to surf on the very cold Devon coast. I don't feel panic when I go into the open water anymore and love being surrounded by fish, it's that worry of the unknown and being on the surface not being able to see what is beneath me that completely horrifies me now. Scuba diving is something my dad and sister have always done together so I've always wanted to be able to pull myself together and join in, I'm hoping that next time I go out there I'll have a little bit more confidence and be able to strap a heavy bloody tank of air to my back and rely on that to keep me alive.... but we'll see.
2. I wish I'd gone later in the year.
As I am currently in full-time employment I had to use my annual leave from my trip, which has resulted in me now having no leave to take for the rest of the year (give or take a few days). So I wish i'd taken my trip later so I didn't now have to spend the whole year without leave (my office does their leave cycle from January 1st to December 31st). This fact has only been made worse by the fact that I now have a massive travel itch and life envy of my sister and would love to opportunity to move to a different country to work. It probably is for the best and like I said, I do still have the odd few days which, if i'm strategic, I can still fit a few short breaks in But it also mean that I now have to spend the year saving money and can maybe consider relocating in 2019! So watch this space!
3. When I go back, I hope to spend some more time out of Phuket.
Although it is beautiful, and I highly recommend it to anyone going that way, I feel very much now that I've seen it and done it now. I will obviously need to go back as that's where my sister will be living for the foreseeable future, but maybe just use it as a hub to find my feet before heading off into the great unknown.
I had such an amazing time away and really didn't want it to end. I'm so jealous that my sister is off living her dream and, sorry to sound cringe but living her best life that It's made me consider what i'm doing and encouraging me to make some dramatically life changing decisions what I'd put on the shelf and ear marked as just a dream.