IL Chiang Mai Correspondent Rachel Devlin spent 25 years working as a high school teacher, and later as a Deputy Principal in Sydney’s western suburbs. A chance encounter at an International Living event in Chiang Mai turned her thoughts of retiring early and moving to Thailand into action. She resigned at 46 from a career she loved, sold the house she built with her husband, let go of a vast majority of her material possessions, and packed her family off to Chiang Mai. She numbers her regrets at zero and labels her adventures as ‘continuing’. In 2015 Rachel began contributing to International Living Australia, sharing her passion for property, culture, and lifestyle in Chiang Mai and hopes to inspire others to follow their early and not-so-early retirement dreams.