Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Review of Destination Thailand (The Lonely Hearts Travel Club #1) by Katy Colins

The bit on the back...

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 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 trip 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…

This is the first book in Katy Colin's Lonely Hearts Travel Club series following main character and almost bride to be Georgia Green on a journey of self discovery. The journey takes Georgia to Thailand in the first instalment of this series.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was living vicariously through Georgia and her solo travelling. Reading this series is about as close to backpacking as I will ever get as I'm just not cut out for it.

At the start of the story Georgia is a little hesitant about going off by herself but her disaster of a non-wedding and some encouragement from her best friend Marie is all it takes to convince her it's the right thing to do.

Georgia's time in Thailand gets off to a bit of a rocky start and at first she kind of loses herself. Soon enough she gets into the swing of things and taking her travel agent's advice she goes off on her own. When the trip becomes less of a trial, Georgia starts to relax and reflect on her situation and what she wants from her life post wedding disaster. The transformation in her character is marked and even when she goes home she's armed with some newfound gumption and inspiration to pull her life together and set it in the direction she wants it to take.

Throughout the story writing is spot on. Georgia is likeable, down to earth and her story is endearing.  Fans of Lindsey Kelk and Nicola Doherty will enjoy this read and I can only imagine if you've backpacked or travelled yourself this will bring back all your happy memories!

The series is inspired by Katy's own story and travels. You can read more about her story at her website - www.notwedordead.com - and check out her solo travel tips here.

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