Columnist and blogger Lara Lain gives 5 reasons you should book that holiday

Lara Lain left her glitzy career in the media behind in January 2014 with a one way ticket to Thailand…she ended up going around the world twice, visiting over 10 countries, working in Australia and New Zealand and volunteering in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup en route. 

Lara had never travelled before but knew there was ”more of the world” she wanted to see. She had worked at LOOK magazine for nearly four years and left a life she loved in London to pursue a world of the unknown.

She wants to inspire others to follow their dreams and to show that once you book that ticket you never look back. Lara moves to Thailand for six months on 11th November ”the plan is, there is no plan”.

In this week’s column, Lara of blog Larasstory, gives 5 reasons why you should take that trip you’ve been dreaming of.


Thailand, The Land Of Smiles, a place once visited never forgotten. Does your idea of time away from home include cocktails by the pool? Or is testing yourself with a trek through the jungle closer to the mark? Whatever you’re looking for in a break Thailand has it. Dead cert. Here are five reasons to book that ticket you’ve been daydreaming of:

1. So you want to be in the best shape of your life?

Thailand works miracles on your body without you even realising it. Whether you visit for a two week holiday or an extended trip you’re going to leave a physcially different person to when you arrived. Tanned, slimmer, glowing skin? Oh yes! All of that good stuff! A combination of moving around exploring / relaxing on yet another perfect beach / the amazing food – you won’t know yourself. For all the right reasons.

2. Feed your soul

Sunset yoga, dance until dawn, volunteer at an elephant sanctuary, take Thai cooking lessons from a lovely local – whatever floats your boat and sets your mind at rest. You have multiple choices every day. Step away from your laptop. Forget social media for a minute. Ease your mind into new ways of thinking.

3. Everyone needs time off from reality

Chained to your desk followed by smashing the gym five days a week sound familiar? Or maybe your life is a case of ”never enough hours in the day”. To really excel in what you do, you need a complete rest from it once in a while.

Commute? Not today! Boat please.

Commute? Not today! Boat please.

4. ”Hitting the shops” takes on a whole new meaning

Markets to street stalls to locals pitching their wares to you down back alleys. There is nothing you can’t buy in Thailand. Hit the famous MBK shopping centre in Bangkok before you leave the city for ‘designer’ goods that no one will ever spot as fakes. Thailand is the place for glorious budget shopping.

5. It’s cheap. It’s easy

Wherever you are in the world, Thailand is easy to get to. In the middle of the UK and Australia, it’s the perfect starting point for onward trips around more of South East Asia and Indonesia. Direct flights from London take just 11 hours with prices around £280 on Skyscanner for a one way flight. Food prices start at £1 and accommodation at £5. Yes, really! That wage you’re blasting on your rent, commute, clothes, eating out…spend your money more wisely in this beautiful country.

Yes! A bungalow on the beach will do just fine ...

Yes! A bungalow on the beach will do just fine …

The high season in Thailand kicks off now, as everyone skips the European winter to head for sun kissed days by the beach. Every day in this glorious country will bring you a different reason to fall in love with it. It won’t be five reasons to go there, it will be 50 by the time you leave. Considering it? Do it! You won’t be disappointed.

Check out Lara’s blog, Larasstory, here and look out for more inspirational travel pieces to come soon. You can also check out Lara’s Twitter account here.

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