Four Reasons to Experience Thailand at Any Age
The typical vacation for a young person used to be as vanilla as you could possibly imagine. You remember the times you took a camping trip with your buddies or you visited another city for a few days to soak up something different than what you’re used to. Those days are changing. If you’re tired of visiting a theme park or loading up a station wagon and driving across the country one more time, think outside the box. Why not skip the traditional pastimes and consider something authentic, unique, and completely outside of our comfort level? Why not have the trip of a lifetime and experience Muay Thai in Thailand?
The Real Life Experiences Bucket List
While no-one will complain about the idea of going to a foreign country for a few weeks to rest and relax, any age group can benefit from new experiences.Millennials are always working, and according to Time, they never stop. People older than millennials have started their professional careers and find that it’s hard to break from routine. There are now hundreds of activities across the globe that are easily accessible for everyone and don’t break the bank. (See what Airbnb and Khongsittha are doing to give travelers access to Muay Thai).
A Muay Thai vacation could be one of the best decisions you make. Not only can you still enjoy the modern conveniences of life in Thailand (it’s consistently rated as one of the best places to retire), but your entire trip will be about seeing another culture, experiencing new ideas, making new friends, and viewing a new way of taking care of your body. When you start learning about and experiencing Muay Thai, you’ll discover the unique benefits of learning a martial art. For example, Pattaya Unlimited notes that blocking is not just a top technique in Muay Thai, but it is also one of the best ways to win in combat. The knowledge gained from the fundamentals of Muay Thai can translate into protecting yourself if the need arise.
The Need to Travel
One of the most important and beneficial reasons to experience Thailand can be summed up by Lifehack. Individuals have to be able to get away from what they do on a daily basis in order to open up their mind. In addition, stepping away from the daily grind of work to train in Thailand can give you a newfound appreciation of life. Throw in the chance to visit a location such as the historic Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok, and you can see why so many travelers jump at an opportunity of travel to the Land of Smiles. This stadium consistently showcases the most important title fights in Muay Thai. Lumpini Stadium has recently moved to a new location, but has been around for decades and the name has become so popular even non Muay Thai boxers and fighters come out to observe some of the best Muay Thai fights you will ever see. The location itself is comparable to Madison Square Garden in New York, and is well worth the visit when coming to train Muay Thai in Bangkok. Some legends such as Samart Payakaroon state that the feeling of both fighting at Lumpini and watching fights is equally as exciting.
Don’t Just Chill, Sweat Instead
As the old guard, baby boomers, and traditional generation X crowd starts to ride off into the sunset, the days of vacation being all about consumption are coming to an end. While most are interested in pampering themselves while on vacation, it takes a special type of person to go on vacation with the intent to train twice a day in unbearable heat.
The idea of going on an authentic Muay Thai vacation is romantic. You get to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself to new heights and beyond your limits. The chance to actually sweat, kick, punch, clinch, and spar...even if you don’t feel comfortable doing it is the best way to break boundaries and grow as a human. Sipping on margaritas, soaking up the sun, and eating steak every night does sound incredible, but grinding it out on the mats of a Muay Thai gym for a few weeks is a unique and unforgettable experience.
If you feel that you’ve been bored dealing with the mundane tasks that we inevitably have to do as adults, consider either taking up Muay Thai or improving your Muay Thai skills. Step away from your job and leave your loved ones temporarily to find solace in a martial art within its birthplace. Escape the grid and do the things you wouldn’t normally do in your home environment. A great experience for anyone, young or old, is nothing more than trying something new, seeking out something unique and stepping outside of your comfort zone.