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Michelle Coote
I travelled so far, I never made it home. I'm an Australian expat now living in Thailand. 
By Michelle Coote
Published on 29th October, 2012
 
"I'll just travel for a year and see what happens," I said to myself. Well that was over seven years now, and I still haven't made it back home to Australia. I've had such amazing adventures, I actually wrote and published a travel book.

Traveller, Expat and Indie Author.

I left Brisbane Australia in August 2005 and set off for what I thought would be a year’s journey travelling around Asia.  Well that was over seven years ago now and apart from short visits to see family and friends, I haven’t spent a lot of time back in my home country.  I travelled almost constantly for the first three years after I left Australia in 2005, then I settled in Bangkok for two years and taught English, and now I’m enjoying an early retirement living in a beachside apartment with an ocean view in Ban Phe Thailand.

Well I’m not retired, exactly.  I’m now an ‘indie’, or independent, author.  I had such an amazing adventure in the first six months after leaving Australia, I wrote a book about it.  My book I Come Alone – A Lone Woman’s Travel Adventures in Thailand and India is now available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon.com. 

The book begins with the story of how I packed up my life in Australia.  I left my job and sold all my possessions, including my beautiful house.  While dismantling my entire life was really scary, it was also very liberating.  I found a real sense of freedom – and a sense of adventure as I headed off into the unknown with a one way plane ticket to Phuket Island in Thailand.  I stayed on Phuket Island for a few weeks to give me time to adapt to my new life, then I hit the road.  I spent another two months travelling around Thailand, had a short visit to Laos, and then landed in the mystical and other worldly country of India.  Thailand offered peace, comfort, an easy lifestyle – and a lot of fun.  India offered mayhem, frustration, challenges – but also a lot of fun.

My travel book has been well received so far and as such I would like to share a review from one very satisfied reader who purchased my book on the Amazon UK site:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Oct 2012

By Sue and Paul

Format: Kindle Edition: Amazon Verified Purchase

 

I bought this Kindle version as it was inexpensive and had an intriguing title.  Well I was in for a real treat. Worth much more than the cover price I paid.  Top quality stuff.
Don't expect a guide book on Thailand and India - this is certainly not what the book is about.
The author starts by explaining why her 'successful' corporate lifestyle and lots of material stuff in her home in Australia just doesn't make her happy - and possibly never did.  However, this doesn't come across as self-indulgent - just a way of explaining why she needs to make a huge change in her life.
You can't help but admire her guts at taking off into the unknown, on her own, and making a damn good story out of it at the same time.  I found myself routing for her and wishing her well at every turn of the page.  She writes in a very easy style that had me reading the first half of her book in just a couple of days. I felt I was walking the streets by her side sometimes as the descriptions are so easy to visualise.  I am writing this review as I get to the end of one very magical book.
I hope this is the first of many travels Michelle undertakes in her lifetime and I also hope she writes about each and every one of them too. If this book doesn't make you want to reach for your own backpack (no matter how old you are) then nothing will.
I have never been to Thailand - but I know I will get there one day now, after reading this account.  Her enthusiasm throughout the book is contagious.

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So if you’re looking for an entertaining and inspiring travel book , I Come Alone – A Lone Woman’s Travel Adventures in Thailand and India can be purchased on Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AVMUX2

Some people ask “Do you have any regrets about giving up your life in Australia?”  I love my home country with all my heart – Australia has the best beaches, the best food and the best wine in the world.  Australians are also fun loving and friendly people.  I do get homesick sometimes and when I do – I just go home for a while.  But I always return to Thailand.  Why?  Well life here is just – easier.  It’s hard to explain why I find life easier in Thailand – especially when I’m living in a country where I can’t speak the language very well.  But I’m working on that.  So ...

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