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#1 Candy

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 10:52 PM


well.

We are going to Thailand (Koh Samui, Phuket & Bangkok) for our honeymoon. Its all booked and happening. So very excited.

But...my in laws don't really want us to go overseas or there in particular. They are worried, especially FMIL for our safety. FSIL recently went to a psychic and came away from it telling us that we should not go overseas. blink.gif Of course I dismiss this and we go ahead and book our honeymoon as planned. For a starters, even if I was a firm believer in psychics, I still believe every decision we make can alter our destiny and we are in control of our detinsy to an extent. Plus, my FSIL practically leads the psychic laugh.gif Anyway, I'm sure your all laughing at this point.

My mother would prefer us not to go overseas, especially there also. Apparently I don't watch the news enough huh.gif unsure.gif dry.gif

My dad tells me that we should be fine and when we get our passports we should have numbers provided to call in the case of an emergency. However, I think in a way he doesn't understand why we want to go there.

Alan and I are sooo excited about travelling overseas together and are so looking forward to experiencing all that Thailand has to offer, the culture, the people, the sites, the shopping tongue.gif

* Has anyone else had a similar experience where their family is concerned for them travelling overseas?
* Does anyone think theres anything to be unsually concerned about when going to Thailand specifically?

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Love everyones opinion (those who watch the news, have been to Thailand, don't watch the news, haven't been to Thailand, believe or do not believe in psychics laugh.gif laugh.gif ).


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Posted 26 July 2006 - 11:14 PM

Yep i've had the same problems with family!!! We first decided to go to Bali and my mum was sooooo stressin out!! Everytime we mentioned it she would freak out and be like 'I wish you wouldn't go there, just stay in Australia'. We were going to go anyways, because we wanted to experience it. Then we realised that all of H2B's family have been there, so we wanted somewhere different to go to as we wanted to make our own experience, so we've now decided on Vanuatu and let me tell ya my mum is all of a sudden super keen to help me find places there, she's much happier with the choice lol.

What you said about phsycics is true, sure they can tell you something, but it's up to the individual to make their own destiny/future. There have been a few things my mum has told me after going to a psychic and I didn't wanna believe it, so I chose not too and went on with things and totally turned around what one psychic said, then Mum gets the next reading and that lady says stuff that I do wanna hear so I go with the flow lol. They can tell you stuff but I believe you have the right to choose what you do with your future, I think the one problem with going to psychics is that people think that what is said is what has to happen and they do nothing about changing it if they don't like the outcome. I'm actually scared in a way of going to them in fear of what they'll say, but at the same time if my mum goes and she tells me something they've said about me I tend to take a different attitude towards it.

I have heard lovely things about Thailand, infact a few people from work are going there at the end of this year and another at the start of next year. Seems to be a popular place for honeymoons biggrin.gif
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 11:27 PM

My family are ALWAYS worried about where I travel to! Especially the inlaws- it drives me crazy!

I guess travelling anywhere carries risks but my opinion is that you can't stop living your life because of what others think.

I am sure you will have a fabulous time smile.gif


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Posted 27 July 2006 - 12:22 AM

Personally, security and travel to Thailand does not concern me at all. I am a regular visitor. We went to Bali a month or so ago too. Terrorist threats acutally make me more eager to visit such places to support the community.

When I first started travelling my parents worried a lot. What I would do is to make sure they had photo copies of my passport, travel insurance documents and itineraries, flight numbers etc for comfort. Now with mobiles, phone cards and email, you can be in touch constantly as well, so that they do not worry as much. {My parents gave up worrying a long time ago!!}

The irony is that there is a certain level of danger where ever you travel, just the same as there is by just staying at home. Some countries just get bad reputations. I actually think that London is a more dangerous place to visit than Thailand, but I bet that your parents and phsycic wouldn't think twice about you going there!!

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 09:51 AM

Go if you want to I say. If you live your life according to everyone else you'll never be happy!! The only advice I'd offer is to check this site for travel warnings.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:22 AM

We were due to fly to Thailand two weeks after the 2002 Bali bombings when the entire SE Asia region was classed as high risk. Our parents wanted us to think twice about going, and we did think about it - but went anyway, and didn't regret it once.

I think the only trouble spots are in the northern jungle areas. Keep to the tourist spots and you should be fine. Anything can happen at any time, overseas or in Australia - certain things are beyond our control so just go with it and enjoy it!

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:23 AM

Thankyou girls for your replies!!

Gidget, you reminded me of what my travel agent said. I asked her if it was likely to be a more dangerous place to go and her reply was "I can't answer that really because we didn't London was dangerous"

I'm not concerned about travelling there. I am far too excited. But it can start to make you think twice when everyone (family) is telling you not to go and that they would prefer you to stay in Australia.

Thanks girls. You have just reinforced all my feelings about going there. smile.gif

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:14 PM

that is so weird.. my h2b had a bad dream about thailand last night and has since decided that we cant go there!!
personally i think that you make ur own destiny and i doubt anything will happen but as i love him so i have agreed not to go smile.gif
anyways.. dont worry about what the psychic said im sure you will have a great time!!

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:14 PM

that is so weird.. my h2b had a bad dream about thailand last night and has since decided that we cant go there!!
personally i think that you make ur own destiny and i doubt anything will happen but as i love him so i have agreed not to go smile.gif
anyways.. dont worry about what the psychic said im sure you will have a great time!!

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:15 PM

that is so weird.. my h2b had a bad dream about thailand last night and has since decided that we cant go there!!
personally i think that you make ur own destiny and i doubt anything will happen but as i love him so i have agreed not to go smile.gif
anyways.. dont worry about what the psychic said im sure you will have a great time!!

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:16 PM

that is so weird.. my h2b had a bad dream about thailand last night and has since decided that we cant go there!!
personally i think that you make ur own destiny and i doubt anything will happen but as i love him so i have agreed not to go smile.gif
anyways.. dont worry about what the psychic said im sure you will have a great time!!

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:36 PM

Yep,

5 cyclones hit our honeymoon destination in the month before the wedding, needless to say no one wanted us to go there! It was our first OS trip really (I have been to New Zealand but that's all, and it was Jon's absolute first time OS), and with that and the cyclones, people thought we were a disaster waiting to happen! There were no cyclone while we were there, although Jon did crash our vehicle and I went flying onto the road (but lets not tell the parents about that!). So yes, we had people worrying about our safety, but it didn't stop us, and we had a great time (aside from the whole crash/road/ouchy thing!).

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:38 PM

sorry about the multiple posts.. the computer is stuffing up

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:39 PM

sorry about the multiple posts.. the computer is stuffing up

sorry about the multiple posts.. the computer is stuffing up

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 07:39 PM

Well D and I launched into our 8 month trip to South East Asia a mere two weeks after the first bali bombings occurred, needless to say our families were thoraghly unimpressed rolleyes.gif Ok, I shouldn't roll my eyes as they have every right to feel concerned as they did but truely their fears were misplaced smile.gif
The same rules apply where-ever you are going, watch yourself, be sensible, dont do anything silly and avoid any hotspots smile.gif
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