When you told your family, friends, and coworkers that you were moving to Thailand to teach English, what was your response?
I think the answer will be very different depending on whether the person is male or female. If a man makes the announcement, many people will think sex, child prostitution, transsexuals...when a woman says it, they probably think beaches, parties, and backpacking.
Are you really moving to Thailand? Maybe you are just going through a phase?
I never really told them. I'd already been gone for years and years before Thailand. But when I came home is when all Hell broke loose. It seems Thailand is famous for teen hookers and drugs. Odd.
That wasn't a response to your OP. That was a question for you.