Although it is my wish for everyone to go on this trip and make memories and experiences of their own, I would like to share a little advice to make the trip just a little bit better than mine, but I am not sure if that is possible. 🙂
First and foremost, be open-minded and willing to learn and grow! This in my opinion is crucial. You will be pushed outside of your comfort zone to do, see, smell, taste, and feel things you have never done before. Be open to immerse yourself into the culture and take in the many things that Thailand has to offer. You can form and opinion of something after you have tried it and it can be either good or bad, but please try it first. When you are being pushed outside your levels, this is when the most learning and growing occurs. It will scary at first, but remember you may never be able to do something like this again so make the most of it while you are there. I am a true believer in that you get out of it what you put into it and this held true for my trip to Thailand. I was truly open and ready to learn and grow and that is why I believe I had such an amazing experience. Being open to step outside the box will make your time in Thailand even better and your experiences much more memorable.
Secondly, journal everyday. This may be difficult because the days get long and busy and at the end of the day you may be exhausted, but sooner you do it you will be able to remember exactly what you were thinking and feeling and get it down on paper. You will also not only be able to look back at it five years later and realize how great your experiences were, but you will also be able to look back at it a week later and the memories will stay fresh. Just in general it may be helpful to document everything. Make a quote book of the crazy things people in your group say or quotes that you hear in a lecture that really inspire you. You will truly appreciate it later.
There are many pieces of advice that could be said, but being willing to grow is what will truly make this trip uniquely yours!