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When we decided to travel we knew we would be cutting it fine living off one wage. We knew that we could get sick, or homesick and we were okay with working through that. It is funny how different that feels when things go wrong abroad.
Work and travel
It is no secret that we make a lot of our travel funds by working online. It makes travel a little tougher because we have to travel and change hotels around my job. So far everything has been fine though… until new management came into my team that is. Within a week I was made to feel inferior, stupid and like a real pain in the backside. For someone like me with anxiety that really isn’t a bearable feeling to have especially miles from home and everyone who is there to support me through tough times.
I almost quit my job today. I had to call in sick because of the number of harassing emails and messages I was getting from my work. I have begged for help for months, in tears on calls to people who promise to help. Nothing has changed and no one is willing to help because the clients pay them money – so they are allowed to pick on any of the employees they wish without being told it is wrong.
We knew we would all experience ‘Thai tummy’ at some time during our trip. We knew Travis would get sick but we never realised how hard it would feel when you are so far from home. Travis keeps throwing up when he eats, hes totally fine other than that but he is feeling very sorry for himself when he does throw up. He just wants lots of cuddles and we are having to shower with him because he is too sick to shower alone. Things go wrong abroad often, and sickness is pretty common out here, but it is really hard to watch a child go through all of that.
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I sat cuddling my whimpering baby in the bottom of a shower in the middle of Chiang Mai, worrying that he might get too sick, worrying that I might not have the money to pay for his treatment if I have to leave my job. And BOOM. The loudest and most horrifying crack, bang I have ever heard. The shower head had fallen two metres and cracked him on the skull. He began screaming and shaking with the pain.
I checked him for blood or splits and he was okay. I cannot forget that horrible sound, it replayed in my mind as I screamed for Davids help. I ended up sat crying with Travis is my arms wondering how one persons whole future/plans can seem to fall apart in one day.
This is possibly one of our worst days during our travels. What do you do when things go wrong abroad?
What should we do?
I kept thinking I should go home… but that would be stupid. We have money to last us for a while. I can find a new job if I need to. It is really hard to feel like everything is beginning to fall apart when you just started you adventure. Maybe we should have been more prepared for problems, maybe I should have quit the first time the client decided to pick on me. I don’t know.
Right now we are staying put and making the most of the time we have. I am sure if we are confident and positive things will work themselves out…