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Jenna Sue
August 20, 2015
8:55 am
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Dust Fairy
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April 23, 2013

You make me happy meowed
She made it. I don't think I'd be brave enough to do that by myself. 

Yes! I'm reading more because i'm really interested in her journey. I think I would be brave enough to do something like that, but what freaks me out is that she doesn't seem to have a plan, just going with the flow..that is the part that terrifies me! 

August 20, 2015
9:53 am
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jookie
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February 20, 2014

You make me happy meowed
She made it. I don't think I'd be brave enough to do that by myself. 

I felt anxious just reading her post – no one speaks her language, foreign money, strange cell phone plans, knowing no one. I would never in a million years do this, but I'll sure as hell be following along! 

August 20, 2015
10:47 am
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You make me happy
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October 27, 2012

jookie meowed

You make me happy meowed
She made it. I don't think I'd be brave enough to do that by myself. 

I felt anxious just reading her post – no one speaks her language, foreign money, strange cell phone plans, knowing no one. I would never in a million years do this, but I'll sure as hell be following along! 

I know, she mentions making a friend and then going off with him. I am way too cautious of a person to do that. 

August 20, 2015
12:46 pm
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February 11, 2014

I would much rather read her blog about travels in Thailand than interior decorating!! She sounds very happy and it gives me the warm and fuzzies to know someone who was hurting is now on a new path to a better place. 

August 26, 2015
12:14 pm
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YOGAdoktur
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January 21, 2015

I've just been lurking in this thread but personally, her trip terrifies me.  She does not speak or read the language.  She is staying alone at cheap hostels.  She does not make it a secret that she is traveling alone.  She knows no one except other non-Thai people she meets for a day or two.   And her last story about being lost with a broken cell phone with no service or battery at 3am alone was just too much.  I realize she wants the whole "backpacking' experience but in my opinion this trip is dangerous and naive.  There are a million websites out there (including the U.S. State Department) that explain the dangers of Bangkok and other places in Thailand and do not recommend traveling alone.  I hope and pray she finds what she's looking for safely, but this seems like such a desperate dangerous attempt to run away from things that I do not know if she is in her right mind.  I am so shocked that no family members tried to stop her.  If it were my daughter I would not allow this trip.  I know I will be lambasted for this because everyone sympathizes with her "finding herself" but the odds of her being a crime victim given the situation she has put herself in a re pretty high.  I wonder if it's worth it.  

August 26, 2015
1:41 pm
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You make me happy
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Yeah, my oldest son left home with a friend at 19. He just traveled, backpacked, lived out of a car in the US until they settled in Portland (still too far from me). I was so nervous for him. I can't imagine how I'd feel if he took off alone for parts unknown. I also wish her the very best, but I agree – I would be very worried about her so no lambasting from me although she's an adult so I doubt her family would be able to stop her. 

August 26, 2015
2:10 pm
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jookie
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February 20, 2014

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I've just been lurking in this thread but personally, her trip terrifies me.  She does not speak or read the language.  She is staying alone at cheap hostels.  She does not make it a secret that she is traveling alone.  She knows no one except other non-Thai people she meets for a day or two.   And her last story about being lost with a broken cell phone with no service or battery at 3am alone was just too much.  I realize she wants the whole "backpacking' experience but in my opinion this trip is dangerous and naive.  There are a million websites out there (including the U.S. State Department) that explain the dangers of Bangkok and other places in Thailand and do not recommend traveling alone.  I hope and pray she finds what she's looking for safely, but this seems like such a desperate dangerous attempt to run away from things that I do not know if she is in her right mind.  I am so shocked that no family members tried to stop her.  If it were my daughter I would not allow this trip.  I know I will be lambasted for this because everyone sympathizes with her "finding herself" but the odds of her being a crime victim given the situation she has put herself in a re pretty high.  I wonder if it's worth it.  

My face when reading that partscared

It makes me nervous, but I'm not sure if I just watch too many crime shows and have a skewed view of the dangers that lurk in some other countries.

August 26, 2015
2:19 pm
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Dust Fairy
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April 23, 2013

YOGAdoktur meowed
I've just been lurking in this thread but personally, her trip terrifies me.  She does not speak or read the language.  She is staying alone at cheap hostels.  She does not make it a secret that she is traveling alone.  She knows no one except other non-Thai people she meets for a day or two.   And her last story about being lost with a broken cell phone with no service or battery at 3am alone was just too much.  I realize she wants the whole "backpacking' experience but in my opinion this trip is dangerous and naive.  There are a million websites out there (including the U.S. State Department) that explain the dangers of Bangkok and other places in Thailand and do not recommend traveling alone.  I hope and pray she finds what she's looking for safely, but this seems like such a desperate dangerous attempt to run away from things that I do not know if she is in her right mind.  I am so shocked that no family members tried to stop her.  If it were my daughter I would not allow this trip.  I know I will be lambasted for this because everyone sympathizes with her "finding herself" but the odds of her being a crime victim given the situation she has put herself in a re pretty high.  I wonder if it's worth it.  

I agree with your..i'm all for traveling alone but she is seems very unprepared and taking too many risks. At least don't go wandering alone at 3 am, there is no need for that to find yourself.

August 27, 2015
1:01 pm
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Mean Muggin Little Lady Mormont
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May 12, 2014

I agree. Maybe I've seen too many movies and shouldn't watch Law & Order SVU marathons anymore, but I'm way too paranoid to ever travel to Thailand alone or go off with strangers. It seems really dangerous. The alone and lost at 3 a.m. story had me like scared

Although I will admit that I'm jealous of how content she seems and how she talks about feeling like she's really living and not just existing…especially since I always read her blog while I'm stuck in my soul-sucking cubicle.

August 27, 2015
1:18 pm
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Feline Porklord
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February 11, 2014

The wandering alone at 3 am thing had me thinking and I hope I'm not projecting – but when I had recently gone through a breakup and was traveling in Europe I would often put myself in dangerous situations. I think it was a product of my grief and vulnerability? Anyways, so fat so not a therapist but maybe that is what is happening here.

Hope she has a fulfilling journey and I am loving the photos.

popcorn

September 2, 2015
6:30 pm
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happy little trees
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April 25, 2013

I went to Thailand by myself for 3 weeks and stayed in hostels (but read reviews and such before booking). Thaland is such a common backpacker destination and I met plenty of people also traveling alone. Didn't wander around at 3am by myself and always watched my drinking very closely but overall she's going to incredibly well traveled places in Thailand that are full of western backpackers. There's danger anywhere of course but there are way sketchier places she could have gone. idontknow

September 2, 2015
6:50 pm
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You make me happy
Feline Porklord
Meows: 4706
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October 27, 2012

happy little trees meowed
I went to Thailand by myself for 3 weeks and stayed in hostels (but read reviews and such before booking). Thaland is such a common backpacker destination and I met plenty of people also traveling alone. Didn't wander around at 3am by myself and always watched my drinking very closely but overall she's going to incredibly well traveled places in Thailand that are full of western backpackers. There's danger anywhere of course but there are way sketchier places she could have gone. idontknow

Good to know it is extremely safe for a woman traveling alone. One would think that she researched it very well before going. I'd still be too nervous, but good for her. 

September 2, 2015
11:30 pm
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Donald Trump of Bloggers
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Meows: 388
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May 15, 2014

I had noticed that JS's husband was absent from a lot of the posts – probably the last thing he was remotely involved in was construction on the laundry room. It does make me wonder if the One Room Challenge was a good thing, it was so much work in 6 weeks and some of the comments throughout those posts were too much for me. Like hiring professional photographers or upgrading your DSLR just for a freakin' blog challenge.

There's a ton of women I know who fall into the crunchy category and all of the wavelength, universe, energy bullshit is so easy to say because it puts you on a "higher plane" and always comes across to me as holier than thou. I don't think that you have to backpack across Thailand to "find yourself" but good for her for doing something fun and adventurous. 

I travel solo internationally a couple times a year and don't think it's inherently dangerous. I'd believe that the drama around her posts are more for the story than really danger. It's really easy to read into the story but whatever. Loving her photos, she's definitely a talented photographer. 



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