With international travel up in the air – pun intended – it would be understandable if you’ve got those travel blues, or a longing to get back out to Thailand. We feel you, we want you back out here just as much as you want to be out here.
We can’t predict the future but we can control the present, so we’ve got your back, here’s our top tips to getting a taste of Thailand into your own home, wherever you currently are in the world.
Hopefully, you were at least a little bit adventurous when you visited Thailand and didn’t stick to western food or only ate fried rice…..if so you will most likely of had a few of Thailand’s famous dishes:
- Pad Thai
- Fried Basil
- Massaman Curry
- Green Curry
What better way to cure some travel blues than cooking up a storm in the kitchen and having your home smelling like a Thai restaurant?! These dishes are super easy to make, most of the ingredients can be found in the supermarket or your local asian food shops.
Check out this video for some inspiration
If you weren’t that adventurous in Thailand, we’ve got a simple idea for you. Homemade 7-Eleven toasties…bread, cheese and ham. For a real authentic experience remember to only toast it for about 10 seconds so that’s basically just warm bread with cheese and ham.
Take A Thai Class Online
What better way to prepare for your next trip to Thailand than by learning the language?! We all learn the standard hello and thank you in Thai, but how many actually go on to learn more of what is such an interesting language to learn.
Being in lockdown means that there’s never been a better time to learn a new language.
Websites like Udemy are perfect for beginners and with deals on all the time, there’s no excuse not to be picking up some Thai. Just imagine how much easier your travels will be or how funny it’ll be knowing exactly what the locals are saying about you…..
Kicking Back With Netflix
If you’ve not exhausted the back catalogue of Netflix just yet then there’s a good chance you might not have seen everything it has to offer. Here’s a few suggestions from our team;
- The Beach – The essential film for any wannabe backpacker. Filmed and set on a fictitious island in Thailand, The Beach is a must watch.
- Hangover Part 2 – Not as good as the first Hangover film, the second one was filmed and set in Thailand. It starts off with picturesque scenes which were filmed in Krabi, so it’ll be a great reminder of all those fun times had in Ao Nang with the Slumber Party fam.
- Travels With My Father – A comedy travel “documentary” which although not on the same level as Attenborough, is certainly a funny watch as a british comedian and his old posh father travel across South East Asia. The first 3 episodes are filmed in Thailand, before they head to Cambodia and Vietnam. It’ll certainly get you in the mood for travelling but perhaps not with your parents.
Those are our picks for Thailand based content on Netflix but there’s a bigger range of travel based documentaries that will act as a great motivator to plan your next trip.
Planning Your Next Adventure
It might seem optimistic to be planning a trip abroad at the moment but we don’t think there’s anything wrong with being optimistic. Things will gradually get back to normal, there might be a few new rules and regulations for a while, but people will get to travel agai
Get ahead of the game and start putting together your dream travel itinerary. It could be a once in a lifetime round the world backpacking experience or a 2 week dream holiday that you’ve always wanted to go on. With plenty of time to do research now’s the time to map it all out.
Don’t forget about our life changing Buy a Bed Give A Meal campaign that we are currently running. Not only do you get a great deal on a future stay at any Slumber Party hostel, but you also are giving back to the local community through meals that are donated on your behalf. Check out the link to find out how you positively impact the local community – https://slumberpartyhostels.com/give-a-meal/
Looking At Your Travel Snaps
Whether it’s snaps from your travels that got cut short this year, or pictures from last year, now is a good time to start doing something with them. How many times have you taken pictures or videos on your travels only to never actually do anything with them?
Why not start looking back and doing something with them such as;
- Insta Throwbacks – Posting old pictures to beef up your instagram page
- Blogging – You might not have planned on blogging but if you’ve got an eye for writing and a bank of photographs from your travels, why not start putting them in a blog and showing them to the world. It’s never too late to start one, even if it’s just for yourself it’s a great way to gain some new skills and potentially unlock a hobby and a career path
- Scrapbooking – If you’re more old school and prefer to get your hands dirty, turn those pictures into a cool scrapbook.
Beer Pong at Home
What screams Slumber Party at home like family and friends beer pong? Mum, Dad, Sister or even a Zoom call with your besties, who cares, rack up those cups and get playing. Just remember the 2 key rules, ELBOWS must be behind the table and its Beer Pong so those cups better have alcohol in them!
So things might not feel the same and the phrase “new normal” looks like it’s going to be around for a while, but it doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself a taste of Thailand at home! Let us know what you’re doing this lockdown to keep the travel bug alive.