Travel Research Can Save Your Life By Bill Harbin Jr.
Getting off the airplane in Thailand scared me to death, but my research made things a whole lot easier and probably saved our lives. My wife and I did not know the language, had no clue about the currency, and the culture was to be a complete surprise. People started shouting at us as soon as we entered the hallway leading out of the airport.
The Blog Held My Hand
I read a great blog before arriving here that told me exactly what to do. It said that I would be harassed by dishonest taxi drivers on my left while leaving the airport. This same blog said to ignore these guys, because they might rob you. Detailed instructions told us to walk straight, and then turn right and we would see the metered taxi stand. It was like my wife was holding my right hand and the blog grabbed the one on the left.
Exactly as described like we were in a pre-recorded video we got safely in the taxi. Because of this same blog we already had exchanged money and knew how many of their weird looking currency called the Baht to hand the driver. Reading that blog helped us have a safe trip to the hotel.
Paradise Was Found
Hours were spent researching hotels and culture in Thailand on my computer. In today’s world you can see so many pictures and get such detailed information. When we stepped out of the taxi a flower was put into our hands. This was followed by a beautiful girl bowing in front of us like we were royalty. We were handed a tropical drink. It seemed like a cloud was drifting us away to our room.
The unique Thai decor and amenities in our room was mind-blowing. There were sweet smells, the special fruit basket, and a master control by the bed to take command over special lighting. That combined with the view of the beach and even watching an elephant ready to take you for a ride was true paradise. A lot of research brought a lot of pleasure.
More Research Saved the Day
All of this wonderful life could have ended quickly. More reading before the trip let us know that drinking the water in this area in dangerous. Even if you drink only bottled water, eating the foods washed with their water can make you sick. My wife developed a horrific stomach ache with the symptoms of sickness from the water.
Talking with our doctor before the trip was good. He gave us an antibiotic prescription to have filled before leaving. There were no pharmacies in our isolated location, and even if there had been their quality would have been questionable. She took a few magic pills and paradise was saved. Travel research may have saved our life twice on this trip.