My Big Fat Summer Adventure

Let’s talk about my summer plans.  They’re very exciting.

I don’t want to tell you them just yet.  I need to build the suspense.  Nobody will be interested in my blog if I don’t build suspense.  It’s like marketing technique.  Watch and learn…

I’m going somewhere.

For an amount of time.

But I’m not gonna tell you just yet.

I need to make you interested.  I need to pique your curiosity.  I need to tickle your fancy (<< creepy).

I need to maintain my air of sensual mystTHAILANDFOR7WEEKSery.

Oh shit.  Fuck it.  Or should I say PHUKet?!  Heh, get it?  (<< Not actually funny since I’m not going to Phuket and it’s definitely not pronounced “fuck it.”)

But yeah.  I’m going to Thailand for seven weeks and it’s kind of blowing my mind.

Here’s the DL:

I leave on July 21st.  I land in Bangkok, Thailand on July 22nd.  I’m spending three full days in Bangkok alone (!!!) before heading over to Koh Phangan, a gorgeous island in South East Thailand.  And yes, I stole that factoid from Wikipedia.  Sue me.

I’ll be in Koh Phangan from July 26th – September 7th, teaching English to 6-12 year olds.  I’ll be working in government schools, supplementing Thai teachers’ lessons for a few hours per day.  The rest of my days will be spent lesson planning, enjoying the beach, and getting to know the local culture.

I’m going through a UK-based program called PoD.  I picked this program for a variety of reasons: (1) It was important to me to volunteer through a non-profit organization, which PoD is; (2) I wanted a program that partakes in “responsible volunteering” (i.e., not taking jobs away from local people, but rather providing a service that is actually needed); (3) the length — 6 weeks is the perfect amount of time for me, since I feel like I’ll get to know the culture but I won’t get too homesick; and (4) it’s on an island! On the beach! In freakin’ Thailand!  I don’t really need to go on, do I?

I’ll be living in a bungalow on the beach and working with a handful of other volunteers from across the globe.  I haven’t met any of the other volunteers yet, but I’m sure they’ll be wonderful.  And even if they suck (they won’t) I’ll be on an island!  On the beach!  In freakin’ Thailand!  Yeah.  I know.

I purchased my plane tickets on Monday night which is making this seem really really real.  I’m terrified, but mostly excited.  But also terrified.  But EXCITED.  I’m feeling so lucky to have this amazing opportunity.  Like really, who gets to do things like this?!  It’s like a (weirdly specific) dream.  With the whole graduating-in-June thing, this trip feels like the perfect timing; no job, no huge financial responsibilities, no nothin’.  I’m ready to go.

I’ll definitely have more info as time goes on and I really can’t wait to document the whole experience on the blog in three months.  It’s gon’ be awesome.


Where’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Ever been to Thailand?  Talk to me!

Where’s your dream destination?  Thailand is one of mine.  AND I’M GOING.  AHHHH!


  1. What an amazing opportunity! I taught English in Korea last year and I’m living in Malaysia right now (and am randomly going on a trip to Thailand next week, haha). It’s so fun and exciting and happy and awesome to go that far away to someplace so different! I hope to be country-hoppin’ for a long time.

  2. Ohmyworrrd! This is crazy. Crazy good! You had my fancy hectically tickled there..and then wham!
    When I was an 8 year old lovable brat I flew across the sea to Saudi Arabia. I can’t remember all of it (bad memory) but I do know that I need to go again soon.
    I’ve never been on an island! Thailand is definitely one of my “dream” places. Oh and you’re going; Eeee!!

  3. Oh my god how exciting! I want to immediately jump in on the program and go to Koh Pangan to spend 7 weeks at the beach! Cannot wait for all of your pictures. Eat some rambutans for me, will you :) ?

  4. DUDE THAILAND IS SO CLOSE TO AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PIT STOP.

  5. Ohmygod this sounds like an amazing opportunity!! I’ve never been to Thailand (or even overseas) but it’s on the bucket list. I can’t wait to read about the experience!

  6. WHAT AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY!! this so amazing, so happy for you! Thailand is on my bucket list :) xo

  7. I’m so jealous! Sounds amazing! I went to China for 3 weeks back in 2007 to teach/volunteer and it was the trip of a life time.

  8. Wahoo – it’s out in the open!!! Now, either you need to get a freakin’ awesome international data plan or I need to book a vacation out there to visit you during this 7 week timeframe. Hmm… 😉 I’m so excited for you, Carly! It’s going to be such a fab experience :)

  9. WOW, this sounds amazing! What an awesome opportunity! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly jealous! 😉

  10. Yeah girl!!!!!!!!!! Crossing it off the bucket list!! The furthest I have been is probably my trip to Vietnam which was amazing. You are going to be an awesome teacher and have a blast. I think it’s the perfect thing to do – give yourself some beach time and relaxation right off the bat after graduation, along with plenty of culture and fun kiddos. Can’t wait to follow your adventure!

  11. Jealous. To. The. Max. I’m hoping to do something like this next year, but with funding from a fellowship–I’m not in a place where I can just jet off to a foreign country for a couple of weeks without some kind of income source, even if it is a country as cheap as Thailand because those plane tickets are expensiveeee.

    And now that I’ve been such a Debbie downer, CONGRATULATIONS! I expect lots and lots of pictures and for you to have enormous amounts of fun. Kay? Kay. :)

  12. so cool! thailand is definitely on my bucket list (the food!!)
    hope you’ll share stories and pictures!

  13. this… is….. So FreaKING AWESOME!!!!!!! EEEEeeeEEEeeeEE!!!

    I am so happy for you — you gonna change some lives over there, too. Just watch.

  14. OMG I am so excited for you!! That’s going to be life-changing. I got a little too excited in the first few sentences of this post because I was kinda sorta hoping you were going to say it was Israel because that’s where I’m going for 10 days on my birthright trip in August but ANYWAY, that is so awesome! I spent 4 weeks in Sicily studying abroad and it was just such an amazing experience learning the culture and living in such a beautiful place. So happy for you ahhh!!!

  15. Oh girl, I am so happy for you!! I did a similar project on the Philippines for 2 months (if you want to check it out, look here: and it was one of the BEST times in my life. I NEVER regret it and I know you will have an AMAZING time there!!

  16. HOW AWESOME!!! My boss travels to Thailand frequently and he says there is NOTHING better than the fresh fruit there….especially the pineapple!
    Also, not to sound creepy, but he says he gets (legit) massages there for like $8 an hour.
    Finally, nearly every time he goes there, he shops at the weekend market and gets things for his teenage/college-age daughters….cute/unique purses or shoes or jewelry.

  17. This is AMAZING. Thailand is one of my dream locations, too. I love me some Thai food. The beaches all look gorgeous. I mean what else do you need? Sun, sand, and seriously good food. Plus what a cool opportunity! This will be a really unique CV builder. So exciting, happy for you and the opportunity :)

  18. Can’t wait to hear all about it! You’re so brave, proud of you!!! xo

  19. EXCITING!!!! That is awesome :) What a fab opportunity to see the world ,experience culture, and serve others. Love.

    My dad has been to Thailand and LOVED it. I want to go to Greece!

  20. That sounds amazing!!! I’ve been to Thailand twice and it is my favorite place on Earth! Beautiful people, beautiful beaches, beautiful weather, beautiful food… beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! I hope you have a wonderful time! I’m sure that you will!

  21. Wow!!! What an incredible experience! I am so excited to read about your adventures!

  22.!! That’s too freaking amazing and looks like it’s going to be one of those life-changing experiences. I’d love to visit Thailand, but their cuisine and love of all things peanut means I have to stay far away. I’m going to live vicariously through you instead.

  23. What a fantastic opportunity! I always say my one college/post-college regret was that I didn’t study or work abroad. I have encouraged everyone I know who is younger than me to do so! I can’t wait to read all about it.

  24. So…. another reason I love you. This is one of my goals/dreams. I can’t wait to hear about your experience… maybe you can do a second round but with me if you love it.

    Yes, I just invited myself on your next trip and assumed you’re going to love it this time around. Hope that’s cool.

  25. Oh my goodness what an amazing opportunity! You will have an amazing experience! I went to china for two weeks to study and was really nervous to be in a foreign country but I loved every minute of it!

  26. That is so exciting! Look at chu being able to do this! 😀
    I would love to go there some day. You’re dong an amazing thing here. <3

  27. WHAT AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY!!!! OH MY GOSH!! I might be the same amount of excited you are. I cannot wait to hear all about it!!

  28. Super exciting, Carly! I’m in Singapore and even I’ve never been!!!!!!

  29. Wow!! What an amazing opportunity! You will have a blast!!

  30. Oh. My. Heck.
    Ridiculous. And amazing and YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!

  31. That is totally AH-Phuket-Mazing. Seriously, what an incredible opportunity, not to mention how fantastic the whole experience will be. Shit, I’m excited for you!! Good for you. Awesome, awesome news. Great plans.

    What a freakin’ amazing experience to do right after finishing school!

  33. This sounds so amazing!!! You’re going to have the best time! <3

  34. I knew there was a reason I am a marketing major. To improve my blog post suspense skills of course. But really, I am so excited for you! My friend is teaching English in South Korea right now and she adores it. But let’s be real, a beach in Thailand sounds much nicer. 😉

  35. AHHHH I LOVE THAILAND. Seriously one of my favorite places. Get ready for so much amazing food, kind people and beautiful sights. You’re about to have the time of your freaking life.

  36. This is fucking amazing, Carly!! Omg, you’re going to be helping kids and learning shit and soaking up the sun on a freaking gorgeous beach! I’m jealous. I hate you and love you at the same time!

    Farthest I’ve been from home: California…which I need to do again someday soon. *hint hint wink wink*

    Dream destination: EUROPE…anywhere…everywhere…just give me all the FOOD! 😉

  37. Wow Carly! I’m so excited and happy for you :) I’ve always been interested in volunteering (More so now responsible volunteering! Never heard of it until you blogged about it), and now after reading your post I’m even MORE motivated to do something like this! Is it expense free? And do you need special training beforehand?

  38. Totally read this late, but just had to comment! I took a trip to Thailand five years ago, and it’s absolutely one of the most beautiful places on Earth! We went to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Kanchanaburi; I can’t wait to hear about how Koh Phangan is! So so jealous. The people are so happy, and the food is delicious – you’ll have a blast! What an amazing opportunity! 😀

  39. That is so fucking cool!! The wanderlust begins but man, what a wise and inspiring decision! One I wish I had made but still hope I will do one day. So, double high five to you!!


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