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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 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…


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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 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…

30 review for Destination Thailand

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Originally posted on This Chick Reads *Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Katy Colins is a new name on the chick lit scene, but even months before the release of the her debut, 'Destination Thailand', twitter and other social media were buzzing about her book. Based on the author's life and traveling adventures, 'Destination Thailand' was surely one of the most anticipated 2016 books for many bloggers I know. The minute I read the blurb (bride jilted at Originally posted on This Chick Reads *Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Katy Colins is a new name on the chick lit scene, but even months before the release of the her debut, 'Destination Thailand', twitter and other social media were buzzing about her book. Based on the author's life and traveling adventures, 'Destination Thailand' was surely one of the most anticipated 2016 books for many bloggers I know. The minute I read the blurb (bride jilted at the altar, travels to Thailand to reinvent herself), I knew it's a book I simply had to read! How many times have you thought your life's gone wrong? On how many occasions have you wished you could just escape your reality and start anew? Well, the author did all that, and some more... and the books in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club were created! Like a phoenix she rose and turned one extremely crappy situation to gold, growing into a stronger, braver and more confident lady. Basically, everything I just said about the author in my intro of this review applies to the main character, Georgia as this book is based on the author's life. While Georgia is planning the wedding of her dreams, seems her 'one' has other plans. The wedding is off, she's without a job and at a crossroad. After a short break in Turkey with her best friend, Georgia decides it's time to change her life so she makes a list of everything she always wished to do but never had the guts to do it. A holiday in Thailand should be the perfect remedy for her broken heart and shattered self-esteem, so she sets off on this great adventure all by herself, learning to trust her instincts all while having some fun. Naturally, not everything goes to plan. She finds herself surrounded by some very strange people, not all with the best intention at their hearts. However, these new people and the new land force her to see things from different perspective, showing her she's tougher than she thought. I was really rooting for Georgia, from the beginning to the end. I admit, it seemed to me kind of silly and very radical to go all the way to Thailand with a bucket list (my apologies to Katy if this insults her), however we're all different and we all have different ways of coping with pain and unpleasant situations. I hate judging anyone (real people or fictional heroes/heroines) as god only knows how I would handle a situation like that! I was happy to see Georgia grow, living life day by day, becoming more open to the world and all the possibilities, even if it meant being hurt all over again. Change is inevitable and despite fearing it so much, it always proves to be a good thing at the end. Georgia learnt that in Thailand, but there were some obstacles, as in real life. However, despite really liking Georgia and feeling respect for her being so ballsy, she did get on my nerves sometimes. She was too gullible at times, so gullible I had to stop reading because shaking my kindle wouldn't change a thing. I wanted to give her a good shake, or a strong coffee, to smell it and wake up from her dream. Some of her actions (and I don't mean the whole packing up and going to Thailand to change) were just so naive, so naive they even hurt. I know what the author tried to do, and in my opinion it would have worked better if there's was a bigger dose of humour in it. Bearing in mind the book is based on author's adventure to Thailand and Katy Colins blogs about traveling, I really thought there would be more about the culture and more descriptions of that land, which would transport me instantly to that exotic place. Sadly, I didn't feel the location so strongly. But overall, this was a very easy, quick and fun read and I'm sure many of you will enjoy. It did remind me of 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert (and there's even a reference to this in the dialogue and is mentioned in the blurb), but I didn't mind as I loved that book. My respect to the author for discovering herself and turning all her bad experience into a fun book some could even learn from. I'm really looking forward to the other two parts in this series, this time traveling to India and Chile. Sounds exciting!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    After being jilted by her two timing fiancé just before their planned wedding and sacked from her job, Georgia is reevaluating her life. Taken away to Turkey by her best friend, Marie, she makes a bucket list of things she’s like to do and is encouraged to go for it! Events conspire to help naive Georgia set out for the adventure of her life backpacking in Thailand. Needless to say, nothing goes quite as planned, with an untrustworthy tour guide, teasing, unsupportive travel companions, bugs to e After being jilted by her two timing fiancé just before their planned wedding and sacked from her job, Georgia is reevaluating her life. Taken away to Turkey by her best friend, Marie, she makes a bucket list of things she’s like to do and is encouraged to go for it! Events conspire to help naive Georgia set out for the adventure of her life backpacking in Thailand. Needless to say, nothing goes quite as planned, with an untrustworthy tour guide, teasing, unsupportive travel companions, bugs to eat, drunken mistakes, double crossers and so much more this is certainly one traumatic way to ‘find yourself’! This is a superbly written novel that transports the reader into Georgia’s adventure. I admit to feeling like warning her at times about the stupidity of her decisions but that’s all part of the appeal of this story. She’s so gullible she’s bound to be a victim of the unscrupulous but the journey has a powerful and very positive impact on her life, desires and attitude. If you enjoy stories that have you wanting to interact with the characters, to guide and encourage them - and warn them when they’re being stupid - you’ll love seeing how Georgia grows in personality and confidence through the story and meeting the wide range of other fantastic characters on her journey through life. I want to know how the Lonely Hearts Travel Club develops, how the characters and relationships continue to develop and new places that will be visited that I can, through the story, journey there with them. It is a really enthralling page turner and a brilliant start to a new series. I can’t wait to read the sequels, ‘Destination India’ and ‘Destination Chile’! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Originally reviewed on Becca's Books. Allow Katy Colins to whisk you away from the drizzly norm, to the humid and tropical shores of Thailand, alongside Georgia Green as she sets out to rediscover the very best parts of herself. This is exactly what happened when I began reading Destination Thailand by Katy Colins. Passionate travel blogger, and now Carina author, this is Katy's first book in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club series and I honestly couldn't have loved it more if I'd tried. In fact, th Originally reviewed on Becca's Books. Allow Katy Colins to whisk you away from the drizzly norm, to the humid and tropical shores of Thailand, alongside Georgia Green as she sets out to rediscover the very best parts of herself. This is exactly what happened when I began reading Destination Thailand by Katy Colins. Passionate travel blogger, and now Carina author, this is Katy's first book in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club series and I honestly couldn't have loved it more if I'd tried. In fact, the next book in the series Destination India cannot arrive quick enough for me. In Destination Thailand, we're introduced to Georgia Green. After a disastrous end to her long-term relationship, she's suddenly lost and not sure of what her next move should be. So, after much persuasion from best friend Marie, Georgia creates a bucket list and sets out to tick off the things she's wanted to do for so long, but hasn't had the courage, or incentive, to do so. Dusting off the discouraging comments from family, and knowing in her heart it's the right thing to do, Georgia stumbles upon a place that appears to offer exactly what she's after. A getaway, far from the memories and her ex's new girlfriend, where she can hopefully find the old Georgia. And so, the adventures in Thailand begin... And what fantastic adventures Georgia sets upon! From the moment she arrives, the author delivers this new, exciting setting the most gorgeous of ways. Katy's descriptions are so vivid and fresh, so much so that I could just imagine myself walking alongside Georgia and taking in the sights and smells right beside her. From the palm trees to the tropical flowers, it was a tantalising treat for the senses which the author got spot-on, ensuring I was transported there myself. Despite the setting being brought to life so fantastically, to me, Georgia Green made this wonderful novel what it was. I loved everything about her character. The fact that she'd been let down so tragically is something I think a lot of readers are able to relate to at one point or another, myself included, so I was able to sympathise and warm to Georgia's character instantly. I was outraged on her behalf in regards to the circumstances that had befallen her, and this only goes to show how much heart and soul went into her character from the author. I knew, without a doubt, that a trip to Thailand was exactly what Georgia needed, and I was wholly satisfied when Katy delivered this. I was excited to follow Georgia on her adventures, to discover what mishaps would befall her when she arrived, and I was delighted. Not only because of where Georgia ends up treading, but because of the entertaining cast of characters who are beside her on these adventures. From falling beneath the spell of a handsome hunk and losing her belongings, to visiting an animal sanctuary and giving someone a taste of their own medicine, it was fun, fun, fun beneath the Thailand sun! But it isn't all fun and games for dear Georgia Green. Oh no. As she goes on her way, she learns some very important lessons and begins to find the pieces of herself that she'd thought she'd lost back home. Not only that, but the help of a new friend comes in handy and steers Georgia back in the right direction when she accidentally stumbles off-course. It's beautifully enriching, eye-opening and soul-capturing, and a tale of one young woman who goes in search of herself when she needs it the most. With the support of her best friend, new friends, and not-so-much friends, Georgia Green is on a mission, and I loved reading about every single part of it. It's escapism at it's best, and oh-so-tempting when it comes to encouraging you to pack your own bags and jet off too. It's a story full of surprises, and twists and turns, and taking chances, even when you don't feel brave enough to do so. Becca's Books is awarding Destination Thailand by Katy Colins with five gorgeous cupcakes. I adored this book, and I'm thrilled that it's part of a series. A series which I am now seriously looking forward to. I feel like I need to get prepared for some fictional globe-trotting with Georgia Green and I cannot wait!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I bought this because I'd read the author's story and blog (though according to her ex-fiance, her story may not be all that it's cracked up to be). This book seems to be based pretty closely off of her life. I knew this would be a light read, so I didn't go into it with terribly high hopes. Based on that, I would say it performed well. It was a light read and was fun to read. The writing was alright. I felt that Georgia's character was very naive which was incredibly obnoxious most of the time. I bought this because I'd read the author's story and blog (though according to her ex-fiance, her story may not be all that it's cracked up to be). This book seems to be based pretty closely off of her life. I knew this would be a light read, so I didn't go into it with terribly high hopes. Based on that, I would say it performed well. It was a light read and was fun to read. The writing was alright. I felt that Georgia's character was very naive which was incredibly obnoxious most of the time. I also felt that the description was severely lacking with the locations -- I never felt that I was transported to an exotic place. Naivety and lack of imagery aside, I did enjoy Georgia's adventures and gumption to leave her life and travel. I wish I had that kind of desire and tenacity to do that. If you enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love and are looking for a nice, light chick lit, pick this one up. I rated it a 3/5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    After a relationship breakup Georgia finds herself booking a backpacking trip to Thailand armed with a bucket list of things she wants to do in her newly single life. The original trip is fraught with disasters and dubious characters but her travel agent had given her the name of a place to head to if she ran into difficulties and then she started to experience the sort of holiday she'd set out to have! It was a great trip with Georgia- almost made me want to try backpacking around Thailand! I lov After a relationship breakup Georgia finds herself booking a backpacking trip to Thailand armed with a bucket list of things she wants to do in her newly single life. The original trip is fraught with disasters and dubious characters but her travel agent had given her the name of a place to head to if she ran into difficulties and then she started to experience the sort of holiday she'd set out to have! It was a great trip with Georgia- almost made me want to try backpacking around Thailand! I loved the characters and the sights and sounds around Thailand were so descriptive. This is part of a series and I will be keen to discover more in this series. With many thanks to Carina Uk for another wonderful book and Net Galley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. This is another author that I will be adding to my must look out for list!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Celia Tuckfield

    This was advertised as 'Bridget Jones goes travelling'. It is better than Bridget Jones. The characters made me laugh. All of the way through you were waiting for the next calamity to happen to Georgia, I even found myself saying noooooo out loud!! A really enjoyable read that made be lol on more than one occasion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Great chicklit to read on the beach, especially since I am currently in Thailand myself! If you don’t like chicklits, this isn’t the book for you, but if you’re looking for an easy, fun and quick read, this is a great choice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Review first posted on my blog 'A Spoonful of Happy Endings': http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo... Georgia Green was supposed to get married to her long-term boyfriend, but instead life threw her a few curve balls and now she finds herself on a quick trip to Turkey, lying on the beach with her best friend Marie while crying her eyes out. When she also gets fired from her job, Georgia realises she desperately needs a break from everything, preferably as far away as possible. With a bucket list Review first posted on my blog 'A Spoonful of Happy Endings': http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo... Georgia Green was supposed to get married to her long-term boyfriend, but instead life threw her a few curve balls and now she finds herself on a quick trip to Turkey, lying on the beach with her best friend Marie while crying her eyes out. When she also gets fired from her job, Georgia realises she desperately needs a break from everything, preferably as far away as possible. With a bucket list of things she wants to do, she decides to go on a six-week tour through Thailand. Georgia can't wait to leave Manchester behind and discover this strange land and meet some new people; it's an adventure she desperately needs. But as the trip seems to only go from worse to worse, Georgia starts to doubt whether she was really made to travel and perhaps this wasn't such a brilliant idea after all... What a great and promising start to a new book series! Author Katy Colins used part of her own experiences to write 'The Lonely Hearts Travel Club: Destination Thailand' and this resulted in a fabulous chick lit novel I am sure a lot of readers will enjoy just as much as I did. Personally, I am not the kind of girl who has always dreamed of travelling to the other side of the world and if I'm honest the word 'backpacking' already makes me want to hide under my desk, but even if you're not a fan, main character Georgia will easily warm your heart and make you want to continue reading. She really is a great and admirable protagonist; a bit too naive at times, but that makes her real and flawed, just like all of us. I loved joining her on her adventure to Thailand and the storyline held my interest throughout the entire novel, especially since there were quite a few unpredictable things happening which I didn't see coming. Katy Colins' writing style is great; there's just the right amount of detail, dialogue, setting descriptions, and it's really well-paced. Next to Georgia, there is a fascinating group of secondary characters; a lot of them just make small appearances but still really add their own touch to the story. I particularly liked Georgia's parents and her best friend Marie, and the fact that there were also some characters to really dislike (I'm not going to mention names since I don't want to spoil anything!). The next part of the series is set in India and I already can't wait to read it. 'The Lonely Hearts Travel Club: Destination Thailand' is a feel-good, well-written and enthralling novel which I enjoyed from start to finish; the perfect escape to a bit of sunshine during these cold winter days!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elsie

    I disliked so many things about the main character but I mostly disliked her constant need to be validated by a man. Also, certain things did not make sense to me. She is a 28 y/o woman in Manchester who doesn't feel like she's traveled, yet she is pondering this while vacationing in Turkey. Is that not a different country with different customs and language? That's traveling. It also mentions that she's been to Portugal and have made numerous trips to Edinburgh and France but they don't count. I disliked so many things about the main character but I mostly disliked her constant need to be validated by a man. Also, certain things did not make sense to me. She is a 28 y/o woman in Manchester who doesn't feel like she's traveled, yet she is pondering this while vacationing in Turkey. Is that not a different country with different customs and language? That's traveling. It also mentions that she's been to Portugal and have made numerous trips to Edinburgh and France but they don't count. She is looking for "exotic" experiences, a word used repeatedly. What does that mean? places full of brown people? because that's what it feels like. That felt kinda gross. She goes to Thailand hoping to grow and learn about herself but I don't think she learned anything at all, other than how to get over her ex. She seems to return slightly different but still a bratty, shallow woman. The writing is decent, so I didn't completely hate the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Orsolya

    Travel writing this is not. At 28 the pathologically naive and gullible protagonist travels to Thailand, but manages to enjoy it only when there's a guy around. The writing is OK, the strongest during the UK scenes. It feels as if the author wasn't really sure about this whole Thailand business, and trots out all the clichés many Westerners can't get beyond: being fed cockroaches, sex workers, brown people who either try to scam you or act as an everyday Buddha - a Thai fisherman has an amazingl Travel writing this is not. At 28 the pathologically naive and gullible protagonist travels to Thailand, but manages to enjoy it only when there's a guy around. The writing is OK, the strongest during the UK scenes. It feels as if the author wasn't really sure about this whole Thailand business, and trots out all the clichés many Westerners can't get beyond: being fed cockroaches, sex workers, brown people who either try to scam you or act as an everyday Buddha - a Thai fisherman has an amazingly good grasp of idiomatic English, and serves as a sort exotified guru to give the heroine advice when she's down. Cringe.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Riana

    Georgia finds herself whisked away to Turkey by her best friend in order to take her mind off her canceled wedding and cheating ex-fiancé. Here she is urged by Marie to scribble down a list of daring things she would like to achieve as an independent, newly single woman. Georgia’s list basically comes down to one thing: travel. Being irrevocably drawn to Thailand, Georgia gathers all her courage and embarks on a tour to the exotic unknown. Not being a usual reader of girly romance novels, I was Georgia finds herself whisked away to Turkey by her best friend in order to take her mind off her canceled wedding and cheating ex-fiancé. Here she is urged by Marie to scribble down a list of daring things she would like to achieve as an independent, newly single woman. Georgia’s list basically comes down to one thing: travel. Being irrevocably drawn to Thailand, Georgia gathers all her courage and embarks on a tour to the exotic unknown. Not being a usual reader of girly romance novels, I was skeptical about this one. However, I had decided to do some travel writing reading and the second-hand bookshop I usually visit did not have much to choose from. Sometimes, one stumbles across just the right book at the right time – and this was one of those instances. So I suspect that my review might be somewhat more favorable than it would have been at a different time in my life. Yes, it was a little bit too “girly” at times and just a teeny bit predictable, but it told a message that was exactly what I needed to hear at the time I read it. I enjoyed how the main character was not a picture-perfect character, but one with real-life problems. I was amazed at how much I could identify with her. Her “realistic” and scared mother could easily have been my own, her terror at the thought of scuba diving is an exact description of me and her awkward attempts to get along with the two vain roommates, Amelie and Luna, is something that I have multiple first-hand experiences of. Georgia is a real character with real problems – she throws up in public places, gets cheated on, gets fired, gets mocked, gets cheated on again and gets duped out of her money, a decent bed and her dignity. But she also manages to meet like-minded, caring people, climb completely out of her comfort zone, try weird foods, take bold risks and learn from her mistakes. I appreciated the fact that this story did not place traveling in a fairy-tale light. It highlights the importance and value of traveling, but does not shy away from all the problems, inevitable mistakes and uncertainties that accompany traveling. One has to experience the good and the bad side of traveling in order to reap the full benefit of it. And it also shows that it is okay to make mistakes and feel uncertain – it is part of the process of growth and gaining understanding. I thought the ending could have been a bit less cheesy and movie-ish, but nonetheless, it did not spoil the value and the message of the book for me. My favourite word from this novel: Drapetomania: An overwhelming urge to run away. My favourite quote from this book: “Only other backpackers will understand what it’s like to leave home to follow your dreams. Those pals back home will nod along, listening to your travel tales, but for them it’s just words and pretty pictures. For you, everything has changed and you look around feeling like an alien in the most foreign place you have visited: home. That’s why it’s called a travel bug – you literally get bitten with this desire inside you to keep moving and keep exploring, as the life you had back home isn’t enough any more and may not ever be enough again.” A recommended read for aspiring travelers and broken-hearted souls.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steffi

    Dumped by her fiance Georgia decides to follow her dreams and go travelling. An adventure begins... Georgia is a really sweet woman, a bit naive though and she had me rolling my eyes quite a few times. Still I enjoyed her journey a lot. I liked how she was growing into it and it was very believable that not all things went after plan. The journey itself was a lot of fun and i enjoyed the different experiences Georgia made. It definetely made me want to go travelling, maybe not backpacking though. T Dumped by her fiance Georgia decides to follow her dreams and go travelling. An adventure begins... Georgia is a really sweet woman, a bit naive though and she had me rolling my eyes quite a few times. Still I enjoyed her journey a lot. I liked how she was growing into it and it was very believable that not all things went after plan. The journey itself was a lot of fun and i enjoyed the different experiences Georgia made. It definetely made me want to go travelling, maybe not backpacking though. The scenery was described really well and I had beautiful pictures in front of my eyes. Georgia's experiences were hilarious and made me laugh out several times. I also loved the idea behind The Lonely Hearts Travel Club and what it develops into. I am really looking forward to read about Georgia's next adventure.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    This was like a romantic comedy movie in book form. Which is to say it was predictable, but also entertaining and enjoyable. Something happens to a girl, she decides to do things, obstacles are on the way, she eventually "finds herself", some more obstacles, and finally more finding oneself and coming up with a purpose. There are times when you need something like that in your life, and now was when I needed it. Also, as someone who's traveled a bit (not in Asia though), some of the issues and a This was like a romantic comedy movie in book form. Which is to say it was predictable, but also entertaining and enjoyable. Something happens to a girl, she decides to do things, obstacles are on the way, she eventually "finds herself", some more obstacles, and finally more finding oneself and coming up with a purpose. There are times when you need something like that in your life, and now was when I needed it. Also, as someone who's traveled a bit (not in Asia though), some of the issues and annoyances Georgia, the main character, came across were familiar and I could relate to those. This is a nice bit of escapism with witty remarks and some decent warnings and tips. A good setup for a series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Oda Renate

    Fun, empowering book. Reading the sequel soon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colemn Labrador

    Read it mostly to reminisce the good times i had in Thailand. I hated its portrayal of Bangkok, the hostels in Thailand, and the Thais in general. I think it exaggerated some details just to make Georgia more pathetic. It was an easy read; i didnt miss much by skipping parts. Also, had a very predictable plot it was almost unexciting. Also, I just didn't feel the chemistry between the protagonist and the final partner. Georgia was, in spite of being too gullible, relatable, nonetheless. Bottomlin Read it mostly to reminisce the good times i had in Thailand. I hated its portrayal of Bangkok, the hostels in Thailand, and the Thais in general. I think it exaggerated some details just to make Georgia more pathetic. It was an easy read; i didnt miss much by skipping parts. Also, had a very predictable plot it was almost unexciting. Also, I just didn't feel the chemistry between the protagonist and the final partner. Georgia was, in spite of being too gullible, relatable, nonetheless. Bottomline is, I'll probably put off reading this series until I've run out of better things to read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    When I head Katy had netted herself a deal with Carina I was hugely excited. I’ve wanted to read Katy’s writing for a long time and was so glad we would all finally have the chance. (Also, HOWBEAUTIFULISTHECOVER?!) I must say I was a little dubious at first – novels about travelling or ones set in foreign climes aren’t always my favourite. I’ve never left England (boo hoo) and only managed to get a passport this year (which I still haven’t used yet) so I’m not very au fait with foreign culture, cl When I head Katy had netted herself a deal with Carina I was hugely excited. I’ve wanted to read Katy’s writing for a long time and was so glad we would all finally have the chance. (Also, HOWBEAUTIFULISTHECOVER?!) I must say I was a little dubious at first – novels about travelling or ones set in foreign climes aren’t always my favourite. I’ve never left England (boo hoo) and only managed to get a passport this year (which I still haven’t used yet) so I’m not very au fait with foreign culture, climates and customs. I have been trying to broaden my reading horizons somewhat and have read a few books recently set in countries I can only hope to one day visit, so I was hoping that Destination Thailand would not only make me eager to visit Thailand but would give rich and vivid detail so for someone like me who has never traveled I could actually get a tangible sense of what it’s like to be there. Georgia is out protagonist who, in slight mirroring of Katy’s very own life, has just been unceremoniously jilted at the alter by her very-nearly husband. As you can imagine she’s not that pleased when this happens and spends time trying to work out what she is supposed to do with her life now everything she had meticulously planned has gone right down the drain. Her friend suggests creating a bucket list of goals that Georgia can work towards achieving and, after thinking long and hard about what she wants, decides to book a ticket to Thailand. Georgia lands in Thailand and joins a small group of tourists led by slimy tour guide Kit and she tries to ingrain herself in Thai culture but, like most things in life, nothing really goes to plan. However, Georgia is determined to make this new adventure work… When I downloaded this book to my Kindle I thought ‘I’ll just read the first chapter to get a taste of what’s to come.’ But, with a lack of self control I’d ended up reading over thirty percent before I even stopped to realise! I read this book in just three sittings and finished it this morning as I sat eating my scrambled eggs! I loved this book SO much and there are SO many reasons why but I don’t want to go into all of these reasons as I could potentially end up spoiling it for some. Trust me when I say there are SO many elements to this plot and it’s not just about a woman travelling after being jilted – there are sub plots that introduce us to other characters that are linked to Georgia and will carry on with her and her journey in the next book. Katy’s writing grabbed me instantly and had me glued to the pages – it’s the kind of writing you don’t need to think about, you can just read and instantly be lost in her world. There’s no added descriptions, confusing wording or large, unnecessary words taking up space and ruining the flow. You can glide from page to page without noticing you’ve read half the book already! Georgia is a really, really great protagonist. She’s flawed and there were a few moments where I thought ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!’ or ‘Guurrrrrrrl, are you sure you wanna do that?’ but it just made me warm to her even more – she was real and imperfect but in the best way. Her relationships with the other characters were really well written too – especially with her friend Marie. Another element of this book I must mention is how unpredictable the plot was. Contemporary women’s fiction gets this reputation for having samey plots and being incredibly predictable and yes, whilst there were some facets of this plot that you can predict from a mile off there were a few other things that I didn’t see coming and I loved that! Lastly, before I make this review an essay and end up ruining everything (!) I just wanted to mention the travel aspect – I LIKED IT. I actually liked reading about another country because Katy made me feel like I was there, I could feel the warm sun on my back, hear the waves crashing onto the beach and smell the vast array of inviting foods. Having limited to no knowledge about Thailand I was worried it would all float over my head but I am glad to say it didn’t and I truly got caught up in the descriptions. And, the most exciting part is that this is the start of a series!!! The series is called The Lonely Hearts Travel Club and, by the looks of things, our next adventure is to India and then in the third book we’re off to Chile! Eeeek, I honestly cannot wait to read these! I cannot recommend this book enough. It is beautifully written with a brilliant plot and fantastic characters. READ IT!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evangeline

    Light, frothy fun, not to be taken too seriously (though I hate the title!) Perfect as a beach read, fluff with the added benefit of being (partly) about travel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I enjoyed this book and it is a nice one to pick up if you are looking for a book that doesn't make you think and moves fast. A good light summer/holiday quick read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam Still Reading

    I was looking for something light and funny to read and my internet trawling suggested that this book would fit the bill. After all, who doesn’t enjoy books that travel to exotic, warm locales in the middle of winter? I’d also heard that this book had been compared to Bridget Jones and I adore Bridget, so I thought dropping $10 on the paperback was worth it. Note that I wouldn’t classify this as a romance novel, so don’t jump to any assumptions just because it’s published by Mills & Boon in Aust I was looking for something light and funny to read and my internet trawling suggested that this book would fit the bill. After all, who doesn’t enjoy books that travel to exotic, warm locales in the middle of winter? I’d also heard that this book had been compared to Bridget Jones and I adore Bridget, so I thought dropping $10 on the paperback was worth it. Note that I wouldn’t classify this as a romance novel, so don’t jump to any assumptions just because it’s published by Mills & Boon in Australia. Destination: Thailand is the first in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club series and it’s more of a regaining your confidence/finding your feet book (although I suspect that there will be romance in later stories). The book follows Georgia, who was dumped almost at the altar by her fiancé. He’s found another woman and she’s pregnant. Georgia’s bestie Marie jets her off to Turkey to get her mind off things where Georgia begins to list the things she hasn’t done, which is travel extensively. When she returns home to Manchester, Georgia loses her job in a quite unbelievable way (I reckon the unions wouldn’t have been impressed by that one) so the fates align for her to take some time off. She meets Tricia in a travel agency, who books her a tour, but ends with a mysterious suggestion to go to the Blue Butterfly on a small island if things get too much. It doesn’t take too long for things in vein to start happening. First of all, the tour is a mess with barely liveable conditions, bitchy roommates and drunken times. Then Georgia meets Dillon who looks to her that he might be more than just a holiday fling (to everyone else, he looks like trouble). Can she make it to the Blue Butterfly to heal herself? What will happen when reality bites? I’ve heard that Georgia is based on experiences Katy has had herself, but I can’t comment as I haven’t read her blog. (I will be after I’ve finished this review though as I like Katy’s open, nothing off limits style of writing). I liked the idea of going off to find yourself post heartache but at times Georgia is a total dill. I’m surprised she didn’t have her passport stolen because at times she made some idiotic decisions. She was too trusting at times (hello Dillon and his conniving ways) and a bit of a doormat when it came to the passive aggressive taunts of one of her roommates. She also did the whole ‘got so drunk, did things I can’t remember/believe’ routine. I’m pleased to say that she did grow as a character throughout the book, so hold tight while she makes those mistakes. We don’t learn too much of her pre-travel days, so perhaps she was just really sheltered and restrained. I didn’t find Georgia annoying though as she’s upfront about her mistakes and the ending of the book is pretty hopeful. I think it helps that Georgia doesn’t ruminate on her errors or the things that happen to her – it’s done, finished and time to move on. She’s not Bridget, but she’s able to hold her own. The style of writing is open and pretty funny at times. Some of the events could be considered clichéd, but Katy Colins makes them sound unique and integral to the story. It’s easy to continue reading – you won’t be tempted to put the book down. The supporting characters are also done really well – fleshed out and individual from the ultra-fun Marie (if she had a series, I’d read it) to the slimy tour leader Kit. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the Lonely Hearts Travel Club girls, who I’m sure have some trips up their sleeve and Stevie, Tricia’s godson. I’ve already bought the next book in the series (Destination: India) to see what happens to Georgia next as she’s reinventing her life and enjoy an armchair ride through the country! http://samstillreading.wordpress.com

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    It takes a very rare book for me to be enjoying so much by half way through that I was already wondering just what the next ones in the series would be, and how the destinations would be dealt with. And that is exactly what happened to me during Destination Thailand. I was so hooked on the writing of Georgia's adventure that I need to read books two and three and really don't want to wait. Anyone that knows me knows that I love travel and also reading about foreign locations in books, so in that It takes a very rare book for me to be enjoying so much by half way through that I was already wondering just what the next ones in the series would be, and how the destinations would be dealt with. And that is exactly what happened to me during Destination Thailand. I was so hooked on the writing of Georgia's adventure that I need to read books two and three and really don't want to wait. Anyone that knows me knows that I love travel and also reading about foreign locations in books, so in that respect Destination Thailand could have been made for me. We join Georgia while she is on a last minute trip to Turkey, that takes place the week when Georgia was due to be married. Instead she is sipping cocktails and sobbing on the beach and generally unhappy until Marie, her best friend, challenges her to write a bucket list, to try and focus Georgia's life. From that Georgia decides that travelling is what she has always been putting off, and despite some cautions from parents, sets off on a six week tour of Thailand. Only things don't initially go to plan, and Georgia falls for a lot of the cons that any inexperienced traveller could be taken in by quite easily. I was hooked from the opening but it ramped up a gear once Georgia got onto the plane to Thailand. The descriptions of the country and her tour group are so believable, I almost felt I was on the tour alongside her. Some of the others on her tour may be slightly stereotypical characters, but that is because they are the sorts of people you would definitely meet on your travels. There are the loud and lairy Essex boys, just up for a good time, the couple who are very cautious and use hand sanitizer everywhere and turn their noses up at trying anything local and authentic, then there are the girls, best friends, that think every man will fall in love with them. Add in a gorgeous guy who appears to only have eyes for Georgia and the tour guide Kit, who isn't exactly on the level, and you have a mixed group for the beginning of Georgia's adventure. I'm not sure I can describe just how great my enjoyment of this story was. The writing is excellent and you can tell that the author is drawing on personal experiences, which gives the book a greater depth and richness. I am so looking forward to discovering India next with Georgia, The Lonely Hearts Travel Club and Katy Colins. Destination Thailand is the perfect escape to warmer climates this winter, and you don't even have t leave the comfort of your armchair to enjoy the journey. Thanks so much to Carina and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Finally! I was so excited to read this. First of all I’d just like to say that I0’m very proud of Katy and look at this gorgeous cover

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty & Erin White

    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 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!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Consolver

    4 - lots of fun. 4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy a fluffy beach read, especially one that is comedic (think Bridget Jones), or related to travel. Georgia Green has just been dumped, two weeks before her wedding. Not only that, she's lost her job. When her friend prompts her to make a list of all the things she's dreamed of doing, but put off, Georgia realizes it's time to start seeing the world. She books a tour of Thailand, and heads out on an adventure. The trips turns out to be a disaster. C 4 - lots of fun. 4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy a fluffy beach read, especially one that is comedic (think Bridget Jones), or related to travel. Georgia Green has just been dumped, two weeks before her wedding. Not only that, she's lost her job. When her friend prompts her to make a list of all the things she's dreamed of doing, but put off, Georgia realizes it's time to start seeing the world. She books a tour of Thailand, and heads out on an adventure. The trips turns out to be a disaster. Catty roommates, gross accommodations, sketchy planning, etc. have her itching to return to England. Once she meets Dillon, however, she's having a much better time in paradise. But is Dillon who he says he is? Is he the reason she went traveling? and what does Georgia want long-term? Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit fluffy, but really fun to read. The humor was great, the romance was fun, the travel aspect was pretty unique. I found myself wanting to make lists and accomplish big dreams while reading this one. I liked that it wasn't all about the men in her life either, it was about her getting back to herself and moving forward with her life. As a traveler (though not nearly as exotically...) I can really relate to her travel woes and triumphs! I like that it is set up to be a series. I can totally see reading more of these books in the future. This was super fun. This title was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. These reviews are my own opinion, and based on the edition of the book I was given at the time. Thank you Netgalley!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review This book was the perfect getaway read on a very dark, rainy depressing January day for me!! From the wonderfully colourful cover to the journey of hope that the main character Georgia encountered it was just wonderful to read. Georgia Green was living a dream life with the seemingly perfect fiancee, wedding all planned and set and living together but that all changed one night when her fiancee Alex came home one night I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review This book was the perfect getaway read on a very dark, rainy depressing January day for me!! From the wonderfully colourful cover to the journey of hope that the main character Georgia encountered it was just wonderful to read. Georgia Green was living a dream life with the seemingly perfect fiancee, wedding all planned and set and living together but that all changed one night when her fiancee Alex came home one night and tells her he's met someone else! On top of this her work life came crashing down around her ears so there was only one option for her after a heart to heart with her best friend Marie and that was to write a bucket list and make some much needed changes in her life and to feel confident in herself again. So she bites the bullet and books up on a tour trip to Thailand after discovering an old travel agent who seems to understand her needs from a trip. As expected life as a solo traveller doesn't go as planned and she meets some rather ghastly people along the way but the trip soon gives her extra confidence to branch out on her own and that's when her real adventure starts and it's fun to see Georgia blossom and find some genuine people and happiness!! A real feel-good story with plenty of hope and am really looking forward to reading more in the series to see what adventures to other places around the world can bring!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    I really really really enjoyed reading this book. I love travelling and backpacking and reading a book about a girl who decides to travel to Thailand by herself was just for me! I really liked how the main character Georgia discovers herself while travelling, how she gets stronger and how she starts to feel better while meeting the right people. I cannot wait to read the second book from this serie and travel to India!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hanna-White

    Poorly written with a lazy storyline that relies heavily on cliches. Written as though the author was sending a very, very long text message to someone as opposed to actually trying to write a novel. Impressive how often she managed to squeeze the word "hun" into dialogue though (shudder). This isn't a novel, this is a lazy scrawl with a lazier editor.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Awful, even going into it knowing you were going to get trashy chick-lit. Georgia was probably the dumbest protagonist I've ever encountered, repeatedly making the same mistakes. The other characters were equally shallow in depth as was the plot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Not for me. Gave up on it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jade Rees

    Very light read. Basic storyline that doesn't go into much detail about anything including the travel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nightswimming

    Beach read. A bit first world white girl on tour. Lol.

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