After years of dreaming about it, and months of talking about it, I finally made the decision to travel. In 2006 I gave up my job and set off on an adventure to South East Asia.........and I'm still here! Last year I traveled to Sri Lanka, India and Thailand and had an amazing time, completely falling in love with the places, the people and the lifestyle - not to mention the weather. This year I returned intending to get a job, probably teaching in Bangkok I thought. When I returned I decided to revisit friends that I had made at my last port of call in 2006 where I had volunteered at an elephant project, spending an amazing month riding an elephant, learning how to care for and command it and learning about and becoming a part of the mahout (elephant trainer) community. I've ended up staying here! I now help out with the elephant project and love my new, completely different lifestyle.