Are you an Outsider?
Outsiders are modern-day explorers of all shapes and shades: aimless travelers, self-made pioneers, hopeful wanderers, thrill-seekers, seasoned adventurers. But one thing they’re not: tourists (here’s one way to piss them off, really).
Outsiders don’t flock around stagnant swimming pools, eternally longing for a barely tolerable green tea frappuccino or standing in line for hours, just to snap one decent selfie with that-famous-painting-everyone-was-talking-about.
An Outsider’s comfort zone is always outside their comfort zone. They’re eager to mix and mingle with real people, take an unrestrained dive into a local culture, and discover something about themselves along the journey. Something that could, one day, inspire others to jump on this global merry-go-round.
As the bizarre saying goes, ‘The world is your oyster’, with so much to see, do, taste, hear and LOVE—It’s just a matter of embracing it with all senses wide open and getting your hands dirty, every now and then.
Would you start practicing a new sport? Embark on a great culinary experience? Learn a new skill you will most likely never, ever use again?
That’s why Outsiders don’t have regrets, but memories. They believe that language barriers, just like any other barrier, are meant to be broken. They would ask the locals for advice, rather than stick to the Lonely Planet reviews (which is indeed a sure way to remain lonely on this planet). And then they would share, share, share. "Happiness is nothing if not shared", a famous Outsider once wrote.
Now you know who an Outsider is. You may have already met some along the way.
Maybe, unbeknown to you, you are one.
Join us and explore.
Chotika Wattanachang (Co-Founder) is an artist and a young entrepreneur. She moved to Italy from Thailand at the age of 11. She learned very quickly the meaning of language and cultural barriers but in less than one year she became bilingual. At the age of 20, she moved to Germany where she also learned German and completed her high school studies while opening a restaurant in Mannheim then moved to Berlin. At the age of 22, she moved back to Thailand where thanks to her skills and her ability to speak four different languages she became the director of a private international school in Chiang Mai. Following her dreams to work on her own and in her sister steps, she got into the design world and she became a self-taught web designer and drop shipper. While living in Chiang Mai, she met Marta and together they started this amazing project called THE OUTSIDER.
Marta Sailis (Co-Founder) is an atypical Italian woman. She always was a rebel and she left home at a very young age, choosing a high school far from home because she was bored of the traditional Catholic education that all young Italians receive. She dreamed of traveling the world since she was 10 and once she finished hospitality school at the age of 19 she moved to Spain. At the age of 21, she moved to London to learn English and when she was 23 she traveled to Australia where she spent 2 years on a working holiday visa, backpacking all over the country. At the age of 25, she found a job in Thailand and fell in love with the country.
She obtained TEFL certification and became an English teacher. She had always dreamed big and wanted to become an entrepreneur. In 2015, she met Chotika while working at a private school in Chiang Mai. They became housemates and partners in crime. Since then they’ve combined their knowledge and skills in creative and productive ways. While hosting Airbnb travelers and working full time at the school they both studied e-commerce, giving life to some online shops and to THE OUTSIDER.
Emily Linstrom (Contributing Writer) is an American writer & artist living in Italy. Her work has been featured in a number of publications including Three Rooms Press, Nailed Magazine, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Scrutiny Journal, Flapperhouse, The Wayward Post, The Wisdom Daily, Rebelle Society, and Yes Poetry, as October's featured poet.
She was the first prize recipient of the Pulp Literature Press 2015 Raven short story contest, and is a regular contributor for Quail Bell Magazine, as well as faculty historian for The School of Witchery. You can view her work at: www.emilylinstrom.com and follow her adventures on Instagram at betterlatethan_em
Dani Leis มาลี / Maalee (Copy Editor) is an American digital expat and founder of the English conversation platform Glish Guru. Maalee came to Thailand in 2012 and fell in love with Chiang Mai and its people. She has a Masters degree in International Peace Studies and TEFL certification and combined these skills to start a global conversation platform for English conversation practice. If you want to improve your conversational English skills you can learn more at https://glish.guru