Tieland to Thailand

Quit Your Job – Sell Your Stuff – Travel Abroad

..."We spent last year selling everything and paying off thousands in consumer debt, planning our wedding, and ultimately figuring a way out of the daily nine to five. Twelve months later here we are living a truly free and location-independent lifestyle, currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand"...


Couple on a Ferry on Lake Havasu Arizona

First, we would like to thank you for being part of our story, and for wanting to learn a little about us and why we decided to move halfway around the world!

And The Story Goes…

We were what many would consider to be a successful newlywed American couple. We based our happiness on the amount of stuff we had, and like most Americans, worked hard to accumulate more. We came to realize that our jobs titles, our cars, and our expensive apartment were not who we were or what we wanted to be recognized by. What began in 2011 as a light-hearted joke about how we were going to “retire young” and “retire cheap” quickly grew into something serious. We realized that with hard work and sacrifice, the opportunity to clock out early was well within our reach., and so…the story began.

Our Story Wedding

We did what most people only daydream of, but few ever do. In an attempt to enrich our lives, we resigned from our jobs, sold almost everything we owned, and jumped ship. In the beginning of 2013, we broke free of the behavior that popular American culture tells us is normal and acceptable. We bought two one way tickets and ended up on the other side of the globe in Chiang Mai, Thailand – where the cost of living is cheap, the people are friendly, and the food never lacks flavor.

Our Story Thai Food

About Angela

About Angela's story

Angela grew up close to Washington, D.C. and has lived in the neighboring states all of her life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she got her passport and traveled outside the US for the first time, but it was the beginning of what was to open her eyes to the wonderful world of…. well, the world!

After earning a degree in chemical engineering, she worked for a research facility for five and a half years. However, realizing she had sat in a cubicle longer than she had been in college and that she had settled for that lifestyle, she decided that a major change was needed.

Angela is always looking for activities to keep her busy, and because of her love for all things food-related, she can be often found spending her free time searching for and experimenting with new recipes, trying out new Thai food at the food markets, finding new restaurants to visit, and learning about the science of cooking.

One of the major goals she has set for herself since coming to Thailand is to learn the Thai language. By the end of the first year of living in Chiang Mai, she hopes to be able to hold casual conversations in Thai and to be able to read short stories. Or, at the very least, get the gist of movie subtitles.

About Chris

About Chris' story

Chris grew up in three different countries and has moved over a dozen times in his life. Although he first looked forward to residing in one location and settling down permanently after meeting Angela, the travel bug got the best of him, and back in the summer of 2011 he found himself wanting to move again, this time to Thailand!

Chris served in the United States Army before accepting an Operations Management position in the corporate environment. He is passionate about health and fitness and is a certified personal trainer and a certified nutritional consultant.

Chris is enjoying his new-found freedom to be able pursue the things that inspire him, without the distractions of the rat race. He has found living minimally is far better and much more conducive to traveling. He loves spicy Thai food and that he won’t have to drive in the snow and ice for a very long time to come.

While in Thailand, he hopes to be able to spend time experimenting with different workouts, developing his photography skills, and continuing to pursue his degree in International Business Management using the GI Bill. Yes, you can use your VA education benefits abroad, so definitely ask him how if you are interested. Lastly, he looks forward to networking and building strong friendships with the other travel bloggers and freedom addicts out there!

Our story began on our honeymoon in Thailand

The Story Continues…


Chris and Angela sold everything, paid off their debt, and ultimately figured a way out of the nine to five grind in the United States. Today they are living full time in Chiang Mai, Thailand, guiding and inspiring future expats towards amazing lives abroad! For more updates like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram. For more posts check out the archives.

  • Cathrine Kristiansen says:

    I am so happy I found your blog, I am moving to Thailand this January to work for my company for a while, and I definitely plan on doing some traveling the time I am there. I’m moving to Pattaya (I know, I know, not exactly heaven on earth, but it’s where work takes me..) and hope to find a place to live that’s not in the middle of all the craziness. Luckily I’ve been there a few times before, so I know what I can expect. I can’t wait to read all of your posts and learn about your experiences about Thailand. Thank you for sharing!

    December 4, 2014 at 5:15 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Wow, Pattaya. We’ve never been, but it’s good you’ve visited before. That’ll help you ease into your new life abroad with a bit less culture shock. We certainly have some tips on living in Thailand… even if they are a bit mundane, they certainly help when you are first starting out!

      December 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM
  • lizatinker says:

    Love reading your blog. I plan to move to South East Asia sometime within the next few years so am currently enjoying reading others experiences from afar. Do you come across many single mum’s in Chang Mai? My main concern is having someone look after my toddler whilst I work on my digital products during the day. Apart from that I think Chang Mai looks ideal.

    November 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Glad to hear you follow our blog! While we haven’t come across any single moms in Chang Mai, we have known parents with toddlers who are also looking for a nanny of sorts. Once you make a Thai friend or two, just ask if they know of anyone they recommend to baby sit. Thai women of all ages, from high schoolers to grandmas, seem particularly interested in Western children. We think if you were to ask one of your Thai neighbors, they would jump at the opportunity :)

      November 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM
  • Assaf Koss says:

    Seeing how it has been over a year now, how are things with Angela’s learning of the Thai language? And how is Chris doing with his Business degree and work there? :=D

    October 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      We’ve both been studying Thai pretty extensively, and hope to pick up a private teacher soon. There’s no rush on the business degree :)

      October 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM
  • Catherine says:

    Love your story! After living in SE Asia for 6 1/2 years, I’m now going back to Canada with my 2 cats. I just became aware that I need to have an export permit. Any idea how to get that? It will be a sad day to leave Thailand:-(.

    August 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      We recommend talking with your vet (since you will need the proper health documents anyways) and contact Chiang Mai International Airport to see what they require. Make sure you aren’t flying through any country (like Taiwan) that has a mandatory a quarantine, whether or not you are actually visiting the country. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get to it!

      August 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM
    • Youth Thamwong says:

      Yes, We love their site and stories. Catherine. When you are feeling sad to leave ?, Why do you want to leave SE Asia? We are going back to Chiang Mai this year Dec . We are waiting to sell one of our house in Edmonton AB Canada.

      September 27, 2014 at 12:34 AM
  • mebythemountains says:

    Where are you Guys? Missing you!

    July 12, 2014 at 9:21 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      We’re back now! :)

      July 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM
      • Norm says:

        Did you guys have any issues with the airlines or Thai immigration with one way tickets only?

        July 17, 2014 at 5:24 AM
  • Nita says:

    When I contacted Chris and Angela for tips on how to deal with the chronic critter problem here, they responded with empathy and some very practical, constructive advice. They are the first people here in Thailand who got my point of view, and I am so grateful to them for that. Wish you both the very best and more… and hope to see you guys when we visit Chiang Mai sometime.

    May 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM
  • Gemma Purnell says:

    After seven years in Thailand – arriving here in pretty similar circumstances it’s really refreshing to read your blog. I wish there had been something like this when I first came here. The first couple of years were really tough with very little genuine online help or advice.

    May 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Thanks, Gemma! We’re glad to be part of the resources available for travelers and expats in Thailand. There are still some things we have a hard time finding out about online, which inspires us to write a post to make it easier for everyone else! You’re a trooper for sticking it out when so few resources were available.

      May 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM
  • Lisa - Wee Wanders says:

    I’ve just recently come across your blog and I absolutely love it! I’m heading to SEA at the end of June with my partner who is a teacher. We don’t know what the future might hold but with an open mind I’m hoping we can find something that would enable us to live a similar lifestyle :) Maybe see you in Chiang Mai!

    May 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Thanks, Lisa! You have a great attitude, and we wish you the best on your trip here next month!

      May 9, 2014 at 11:36 AM
  • Linda Bourque says:

    Do you guys know anything about Unitefl in Chiang Mai? Also it seems our visa applications require a Thai address? Do you know of a good neighborhood to book a rental in Chiang Mai?

    April 26, 2014 at 4:23 AM
  • RH says:

    Just came across your blog …I was headed to Hawaii in a month..and thought Thailand..why not. Can fly mil Space A for no expense into Singapore via Yokota, Japan from Hickam AFB, Hawaii, then the train to CM thru Bangkok. General plan next month will be to head to CM, then into Laos down the Mekong. Having traveled to many places, some not so friendly as Thailand. Thanks for taking the time to share your comments, experiences and insights into those on the “trail”. Thanks again.

    RH US Army:Afgh/2003;Iraq/2005; HOA/2008-10

    April 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hello RH,

      I hope all is well. We are more than happy to provide information to people like yourself. You’re very lucky to be able to fly Space A. It’s always nice when you’re lucky enough to make it to your final destination without getting bumped for a day somewhere along the way, but hey that is part of the deal, right? With that said try to be flexible with hotel reservations. Accommodations from May to October are usually half price and have plenty of vacancies. It is fairly easy to book something in your destination city just prior to boarding your last flight. We always use Agoda while traveling around SE Asia. It sounds like you are in for a memorable trip. Please don’t hesitate to shoot us and e-mail if you have any questions.

      Thank you for your service,

      April 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM
  • Stephanie says:

    It really makes a difference when there is something so informative to read when making the decision to move to Thailand. I am coming out March/April 2015 to do a TEFL course and to teach English. I am coming out on my own which is a little daunting, but I gather there is a large expat community in Thailand, and I will probably find other teachers to hang out with. So excited for my future journey! Thank you guys for your website/blog. It’s very helpful.

    April 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      We’re glad to hear that the info we’ve put our there helped you make the decision to move here :) There is a large expat community, especially in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Pattaya. The fact that you’re coming over to teach will give you the upper hand in finding a community of people like yourself to share experiences with. We are excited for you – good luck!

      April 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM
  • tyson says:

    Just curious of how u guys make an income in Thailand. It’s one thing to sell up and move, it’s another to have money coming in. Savings only go so far

    April 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Angela has taught for the past year, we have some passive income coming in, and we make a little money off the blog – all in addition to the savings we came over with. We believe that it’s not about what you make, it’s what you spend. We’ve really changed our attitude about spending,, which has helped keep our money on track.

      April 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM
  • Joanne says:

    Hi again, I just found it in one of the earlier comments. Cheers!

    March 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM
  • Joanne says:

    Hi Chris and Angela I think I remember some time ago you mentioned a good place to stay short term in Chiang Mai but now I can’t find the post. Can you remind me what it was so I can check it out please?

    March 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM
  • Bobby O says:


    I just came across your blog and really enjoyed it. Like Angela, I grew up right outside of D.C. (Vienna, VA) and spent some time in SoCal as well. I can definitely relate to Chris with interests in health and fitness. I’m a former assistant Jiu-Jitsu coach and still an active competitor! I can’t wait to train Muay Thai there! I will be moving there next month and have a ONE WAY ticket as well! Your story is parallel to mine. It puts my mind at ease knowing there are others that are doing the exact same thing! Health, Fitness, Great Food, and Great Company is what I gather from both of you :) I would love to chat more and get a chance to meet you guys!! Thanks for putting up this wonderful page and inspiring many people like myself. And big congrats to the both of you on your move and new life!! :)

    February 23, 2014 at 7:49 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hey Bobby – didn’t mean to miss your comment. By now, you’ve managed to make it to Thailand and get settled in. Congrats! We’re glad you’ve joined the expat club. How is everything?! We’d be happy to meet up sometime to swap stories. Talk to you soon.

      April 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM
      • Bobby says:

        Hello again!

        Everything is going great!! I spent the past month in Koh Samui which was AMAZING. I have many many stories and new eye opening experiences haha. I will make a visit to Chiang Mai at some point and would love to meet. I have a lot to tell LOL. I’m back in Bangkok now which is a massive change of pace. But I do miss the city life in some ways. I have opportunities to work in both Koh Samui and BKK but I’m torn on which route to go (I lived in big cities and beach cities in California). Obviously you can’t have both. Chiang Mai and Pai I hear are wonderful. So before making a decision I will come up north and see if how I feel about the area. Thanks for the reply and I hope both of you are doing well :)

        April 29, 2014 at 6:02 PM
        • Chris and Angela says:

          Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok are all so different. If you go with the Bangkok job opportunity, you’re still so close to several beaches. We personally enjoy Hua Hin. We hope your tour of Chiang Mai and Pai leave a great impression, although that may make it even a harder to decide where to live :) Keep in touch.

          April 30, 2014 at 8:27 PM
    • Rekha says:

      Hi so I read you guys bought one way tickets. What kind of visa are you guys getting? Thailand is def on my list if I want to jump ship :).

      June 5, 2014 at 7:09 AM
      • Chris and Angela says:

        We originally came over on triple-entry tourist visas. Then Angela got a job teaching so she got a non-immigrant business visa while Chris got a non-immigrant dependent visa (only available if you are married or are a child of the main visa holder).

        June 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM
  • James says:

    Hello. I read your blog and I really enjoyed it. Seems like you two are very happy. I have been wanting to move to chang Mai for quite some time now. I have two questions. I have 1000 a month income and was wondering if that is enough. Second I was concerned about safety.

    February 21, 2014 at 12:38 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hi James, together we live on $1,200 a month and that is perfect for us. We could even save a bit more by moving out of our townhouse that is a bit too big for us. Chiang Mai is much safer than most other places we have lived beforehand. Unprovoked violent crimes are extremely rare. Practice a little caution in traffic and you should be just fine. Although every person’s personal preferences are different, but we think that Chiang Mai is a great place to live for first time expats.

      February 21, 2014 at 12:49 AM
  • Dean says:

    I find your blog very informative. I am contemplating a move to Southern Thailand (I prefer the beach scene). Like Angela, I grew up in Washington, DC (Maryland actually). I hope I can take this leap of faith and make the move. The only thing holding me back is the employment and needing a job. I also want to connect with my parents roots (both my mother and father are originally from Bangkok).

    February 4, 2014 at 6:49 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      What an awesome reason to come to Thailand! We’ll continue to provide you and others with information about living in here, and also how to plan for the move. Thanks for following.

      February 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM
  • Adrenaline Romance says:

    Hi! Just stumbled upon your wonderful blog!
    We have a job offer from our recent employer to go to Thailand, particularly Chang Mai. We’re still in the process of deciding whether or not to accept it. It’s a tough call to make with a lot of things to take into consideration. Thanks for this very informative blog. It’s a wonderful resource for us in making our BIG move soon.
    More power to you both. 

    January 18, 2014 at 3:35 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Thank you so much! We hope that everything works out for you guys. Chiang Mai is a really great place to be. We will try to keep the info coming for you guys! Take care and thanks for subscribing :)

      January 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM
  • joannegamble says:

    Great story. For a long time tourist have visited Thailand over and over and eventually end up living here, no matter what province. The majority are retirees because the cost of living is not expensive and hospitality is great and the pension pays the bills. The younger tourist teach english in order to pay the bills. If you do not prefer teaching then an online business would be your next choice. Good advice would be stay away from the bars, booze and materialistic things and be able to manage your finance and you will be just fine. Don’t purchase a house, youll never get to own it because foreigners cannot own land in Thailand. Get rabie shots once a year ( alot of street dogs). Get rid of your vanity issues because they will lead you to bankrupcy.

    Thailand is paradise and will always be… just have a good strong relationship before you here if your married and do volunteer work such as street dogs, orphanage etc., don’t have too much time and start drinking. The percentage of a tourist becoming an alcholic is very high. Don’t underestimate the heat, you always need to wear a shirt and put on sunblock.

    Good luck…

    December 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM
  • Vikram Malik says:

    Fascinating story! And you’re both such a great couple, look really so good together! I myself intend to retire young, in many ways lead a semi-retired life already! Have visited Thailand on numerous occasions – 9 at last count, looking forward to my next visit later this month, before the New Year begins. Never been to Chiang Mai though, and hope to fill that void on the ensuing trip! Your article on ‘9 Myths About Thailand That Worry Your Family’ brought me here via Facebook, and I agree with you 100% on all the assertions that you make. Keep up the great work, with blessings for a long and happy married life to both of you, along with umpteen success in all your personal and professional endeavors!

    December 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Wow, thank you for the compliments! We’re glad there are people who are like you who look past some common misconceptions about Thailand and instead find yourself drawn to Thailand as many times as you have already. Enjoy Chiang Mai on your upcoming trip. Congratulations for being on a path to retire young, as well :)

      December 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM
  • Bud says:

    May all your paths be bright ones my friends.

    If you have time please give me the address of your blog.

    Bud and Maria

    December 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hello, thanks for another nice comment. You are actually on the blog :)

      Just go to the top and click the banner picture with our logo, or the text “Tieland to Thailand” on the very top left of the page and it will take you to the main feed. From there you can scroll down to the bottom of each page and hit “older posts” to see more. Alternatively, you can browse the categories listed under the banner. Enjoy and take care! Have a great weekend.

      December 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM
  • Joanne says:

    Hi Chris and Angela, just found your blog today. I am packing up in Feb to leave Australia for a year. First stop Indonesa, then Chiang Mai, then prob Vietnam. I love all the tips on your blog and your clear simple writing style. Keep up the good work!

    November 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Thanks for the kind compliments, Joanne. Best of luck to you and your trip ’round SEA!

      November 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
  • Maya says:

    Great post! Just found your blog and bookmarked it already :-) do you have any suggestions for a job in SE Asia for people not having english as their native language? Anything but teaching. Thanks a lot.

    November 14, 2013 at 6:34 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      If you do not want to/cannot teach, our only suggestions is to have you own business. It can either be completely online or a business where you make things in Thailand and then ship them out to customers (similar to Etsy.com). We aren’t sure about the tax laws or business regulations of either your home country or of Thailand’s. Make sure to look into that!

      November 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM
  • Anja says:

    How do you get a Visa to stay when you do not have a round trip ticket and onward passage? Visa regulations state you must show onward passage on a flight, boat, train, bus or some sort of onward movement. Did you apply for residency?

    November 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hello Anja, we bought a one way ticket from the states. Since we knew we were going to have to leave the country in 90 days for our first border run we went ahead and also bought a cheap round trip flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Chiang Mai, Thailand. However, the embassy where we applied for our tourist visa never actually asked to see proof of onward travel and neither did anyone at the airport in the states or in Thailand. We now live here on Non-Immigrant Visas.

      November 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM
      • Anja says:

        Thank you so much for your reply.

        Your blog is very informative and helpful.

        November 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM
  • ian stevenson says:

    Hi guy’s, interesting story hope things work out for the best. I bought the pcx150 in Feb. never even knew about the Forza. Still got to get the plates on it then I think I will trade it in on a Forza like the size, problems are getting cramped even on the 150. Best of luck and good wishes. Ian

    October 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hi Ian, thanks for the support.

      All things are going well for us at the moment. I am definitely glad that I spend the extra cash on the Forza. It has been a dream to own. Its size doesn’t keep me from squeezing through the tightest gaps either. You can tell even that some Thai people are impressed with its maneuverability.

      Highly recommend it, but start looking now. From what I hear that have cut back on production so they are harder and harder to find. Just last week I was at the dealer I bought mine from for some maintenance and they were all out.

      October 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM
  • Agastya says:

    Hey guys! wow your story is awesome. I actually just quit my job too and is heading to Northern SEA to travel including Chiang Mai. Am Indonesian, who grew up in US but have settled back in Indo after college. Just a week ago, I was secured with my promising job and fine salary. And is about to move to a different company who hijacked me w/ intriguing packages and position, which i just decline last week too. I just sold my car and is now planning on traveling spontaneously to northern SEA. What I’m doing right now is very radical in my culture. People say I’m insane but i know i need to do this. Anyway will be good if i can meet up with you guys when in Chiang Mai. I could use more inspiration ;D

    October 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Congrats on your big decision do some long-term traveling through SE Asia! There will always be people who think you are crazy for trading in a good job for a life of travel, but heck, we say live life to the fullest and do what you really want to do, not what other people want you to do. When you find yourself in Chiang Mai, drop us a line. Good luck with your trip!

      October 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM
  • NicoleM says:

    Thanks for the advice guys. Ill drop in on the blog when I reach chiang mai. Good luck with everything

    October 23, 2013 at 1:38 AM
  • Jim B says:

    Great story guys. Good to hear the expat community in Chiang Mai is still going strong. Enjoy your adventures and “simplified” yet exciting life. Your story has motivated our own down-sizing plans.

    October 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Awesome – downsizing will make you feel like a new person! Maybe a trip to Thailand with that extra cash? :)

      October 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM
  • NicoleM says:

    Hey guys, love your story. Angela, wondering what is it your teaching? Is it possible to get a job teaching English in January or do u ave to wait till the next semester? I’m heading to thailand in Janury 2014, Solo. Starting in chiang mai. I’m booking a hostel for 2 weeks while I search for a job and apartment. I don’t trust signing a contract to a school while the other side of the world! How did u guys set up? Cheers in advance

    October 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      The school year is from Mid May to beginning of October (first semester) and then from the end of October to the beginning of March (second semester). School will be halfway done come January when you arrive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a job. It’s worth immediately asking around to see if a school is looking for a replacement because a teacher broke their contract and left early. You could also teach English through a tutoring agency. Their schedules do not revolve around the traditional school year, and you may work with adults during evenings and weekends instead. If you don’t end up finding anything, the school year starts mid-May, which gives you some time to get settled in.

      I came to Thailand first, earned my TEFL in Chiang Mai, and then the TEFL agency found me a job. I think it worked out great for me and there were no “what ifs?” trying to secure a job from the other side of the world.

      October 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM
  • Jun says:

    I am visiting CM in a few days to check the place out as a potential place to retire to. Can you recommend two convenient hostels? It would be ideal if I could walk to most places from the hostels.

    Thanks. Your site is a great source of inspiration.

    October 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hello Jun, our friend Bee runs a guesthouse conveniently located in the Old City. It is close to the Sunday Walking Street Market, Wat Phra Sing, etc. Bee is really nice and her staff will take good care of you. She also has a cafe on the first floor and a nice rooftop area for relaxing. Here is the link to book a room.

      October 18, 2013 at 11:42 PM
  • miriam says:

    Chris, thanks for posting your story, very inspiring. My son is in the Marines, presently in Spain – another 3 years to go. He loves to travel, I would appreciate any links/info on using GI Bill abroad. It would be nice for him to dream and prepare for when he has completed his service. He is also into Cross Fit and was interested in going to thailand at some point ot study martial arts.



    October 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Miriam, thanks for the feedback and compliments! We are happy to hear that your son has similar aspirations and with so many options available to him after his service, traveling abroad shouldn’t be an issue. Here is a link for information regarding using the GI Bill in Foreign Countries, and here is a link laying out the Maximum Monthly BAH (living stipend) rates, which currently are $1,429.00 a/mo for physically attending a school, and $714.50 a/mo for online classes. We are thankful for your son’s service, and wish both you and him all of the best.

      October 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM
      • miriam says:

        Thanks so much for providing the info. Best to you both!

        October 21, 2013 at 6:10 AM
        • Chris and Angela says:

          No problem at all. If your son ever has some extra leave and wants to visit Thailand please tell him to give us a shout! :)

          October 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM
  • TheThailandLife.com says:

    Just stumbled across your site. Great story. I’ll be following.

    October 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM
  • Kenin Bassart via Facebook says:


    May 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM
  • jmayel & sacha says:

    You guys will be great at whatever you set your mind to. I was so impressed to find out that angela could already speak and read more Thai than us when we first met months back, and we’d been (trying) for a year already. I know for a fact you’ve made the right decision to do this with your lives and remember even when things get overwhelming just think back to how your lives used to feel. That’s what we do. Awesome page.

    May 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Thanks for all of the help you two! We don’t know if we would be here if it was not for you and your blog!

      October 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM
  • Kate Voyage via Facebook says:


    May 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM
  • Carmel says:

    You’re right–our stories are quite similar! I would love to hang out when we get to Thailand. Food and fitness lovers…right up my alley. :)

    May 26, 2013 at 8:09 AM
    • Angela says:

      We’d love to meet anyone who shares our passion to be adventureous … and our love for food, anytime!

      May 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM
  • Tieland to Thailand via Facebook says:

    Thank you, Melissa! We really appreciate the encouragement and support :)

    May 26, 2013 at 5:39 AM
  • Melissa Shearer via Facebook says:

    thanks for sharing your story. It was great to read about how you too have decided to live life against the grain of what western society dictates as normal. I wish you two the best of luck and look forward to reading more about your adventures abroad <3

    May 26, 2013 at 5:05 AM
  • Colin Conrey says:

    Ok, so I’m officially green with envy. You even have a bloody great name for the blog.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM
    • Chris says:

      Thanks! Looks like Vieng will be here in a couple weeks, so we are definitely looking forward to that. Think you will make the trip sometime soon?

      May 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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