Author: Katy Colins
Published: January 21st 2016 by Carina UK
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Blurb: What if you had a second chance… to find yourself?
Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day crying into a warm Sex-on-the-Beach, wondering where it all went wrong.
Forced to make a bucket list of her new life goals by best friend Marie, it’s not long before travel-virgin Georgia’s packing her bags for a long-haul adventure to Thailand.
Yet, Georgia’s big adventure doesn’t seem to be going to plan. From strange sights, smells and falling for every rookie traveller scam in the book Georgia has never felt more alone.
But the good thing about falling apart is that you can put yourself back together any way you please. And new Georgia might just be someone she can finally be proud of…
First of all I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Review: I had been following Katy Colins' fantastic travel blog, Not Wed or Dead, for a while when she announced her book deal with Carina UK. I was really happy for her, reading her blog I could tell she had a special way with words and a fun and entertaining style. And when I finally had Destination Thailand in my hands, only reading the first few paragraphs, I knew it. It was going to be a fantastic read. And I was not wrong.
As the author herself, our heroine, Georgia, has been ditched by her fiance just a few weeks before the wedding. It's the perfect time to reevaluate her life and take some big decisions. Even more after getting fired from her job, so she decides to travel solo around Thailand following a bucket list, with things like riding an elephant or make something wild. As soon as Georgia lands in Thailand though we discover that backpacking alone around such a different country is not going to be easy...
Georgia starts her journey with a tour group, to make things easy, but it turns out that the tour is not the best well organised ever. This adds so many fun and awkward situations to the story that I found myself both laughing and feeling a bit sorry for her. But soon we start discovering this new exotic place through Georgia's eyes and I have to admit that I had a great time following her. And I also started feeling my wanderlust kicking in too. This read really makes you think if you are living the life you want.
Georgia was a treat to read about, I instantly warmed to her and getting to know her better only cemented this feeling. And all the varied characters she encountered during her travels added a fun spark to this fantastic read.
As I said, only a few chapters in, I knew I was going to enjoy this book immensely but I was greatly surprised with some really unexpected twists that made this book even better that I was expecting. I am already looking forward to the next installment in the Lonely Hearts Travel Club Series. I foresee a fantastic and successful future for Katy Collins!