It’s so nice to meet you!

The intrepid introvert

If you asked 18-year-old me why I chose to go to college in California, I’d say, “to experience life in another state”.

Here’s the thing … 

I’d always wanted to travel during college. After all, you have no responsibilities, no commitments, and you’re only young once! But because I didn’t have a car, wasn’t confident in myself to venture out solo, or had friends with that same passion, I missed out on SO MANY opportunities (both around California and internationally) and experiences I could only get in LA.

“We’ll do it next time!” never actually became a “next time”.

There have been countless times I’ve wanted to go on a spontaneous road trip, but the uncertainty of the cost & need to rely on friends felt a little too risky.

And then there were moments when I was itching to explore a new town, only to have no one else show interest (and ya girl couldn’t afford to Uber all over LA).

I had one option – GET CREATIVE

When I graduated from college in 2017, my ambition to see the rest of the world only grew. But as a young adult entering the “real world”, how could I afford any new experiences?

Aren’t your 20s supposed to be your prime?!?

Then I thought …

Why am I choosing to sit around and wait for some magical, golden opportunity?

If I want to travel and fill my 20s with new experiences, I need to ACTIVELY MAKE IT HAPPEN.

And that’s when I decided to take a leap of faith and live abroad.

So in 2019, I packed my bags and moved abroad to teach English in Thailand! Teaching gave me an incredible chance to experience living and working abroad. This also came with countless opportunities to travel around Southeast Asia on my own.

Traveling has changed my life in ways I wouldn’t have thought possible

So far, I’ve traveled to 17 countries and spent 4 months living in Thailand.

Not only have I found a new confidence within myself, but I uncovered a passion for cross-cultural engagement & worldwide experiences.

Grab your backpack and follow along!

Check out these posts to see how my journey began in Thailand!

Culture Shock: My 22-Year-Old Solo Move to Thailand
Want to Teach English in Thailand? Here’s How You Can Get Started
9 Reasons Why Teaching Abroad is Better Than a 9-5 After College


  1. Pon Bonsynat
    October 16, 2022 / 5:47 pm

    How you are you Kylie. My name is Pon and I am wanting to move to Thailand. I was born and raised in Long Beach, Ca. Working to stack up money and hoping to move to Thailand permanently. I was wondering how were you to get around with finances? I think I read somewhere stating you was already in debt because of being a college grad and are you still living in Thailand?

    • Kylie
      November 8, 2022 / 8:47 pm

      I’m not living in Thailand anymore, but before moving, I’d saved up a solid amount (at least 10K) so I could have some cushion/funds for traveling outside of teaching!

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