7 Thoughts I've Had on Going to Thailand
1. It's Going to Be Like Nothing I've Imagined
I've been planning to go to Thailand for almost a year now and in that time, I've visualized and thought about what it was going to be like A LOT. From the food to the people to the beaches--I've almost created a whole world in my head, filled with imagined conversations I'll have with locals and made up adventures hiking in Thai jungles. However, experience has told me that nothing really ever is as we imagined it. I know there's going to be a moment upon arrival when the Thailand in my head clashes with its reality, and I'll have the thought drift through my head, "wow this really is nothing like I imagined."
2. What About Netflix and Chill?
There's a part of me (the homebody part I guess) that is questioning my ability to be always on the move and constantly in a place I've never been before. I've always been on the tired-mellow side my whole life. In high school, I was that kid who fell asleep in class and didn't wake up until the bell rang. I've fought against this my whole life with a combination of healthy lifestyle choices (eating healthy and exercising) and copious amounts of caffeine. It's probably why a voice in the back of my head is asking---don't you just want to stay in bed and watch Gray's Anatomy? Do what's comfortable?
3. How Will My Relationship With My Boyfriend Change?
It's undeniable that traveling with your significant other changes the game. Handling all of the hurdles, lack of sleep, and new territory together will put us in a whole new realm of our relationship. I hope that this will bring us closer together, but also know that it can strain us. I hope and have faith that we are the former.
4. What's My Diet Going to Be Like?
I'm a pretty consistent eater. I'm not picky or anything, but I get into a sort of meal groove where I'll have the same salad every day for lunch and Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken at least 2 times a week (so bomb). I wonder what sort of eating routine will come from this trip. I know that Thai food is extremely cheap, especially if bought on the street, but will that be my daily diet? I love Thai food, but will I also have fresh fruits and veggies accessible wherever I go?
5. I'm Gonna Miss My Cats
I have two cats (Yes, I'm 22 and am already a cat lady). There name's are Vixey and Luna and they're my fur-babies. It'll definitely be hard saying goodbye to both of them.
6. Will I Think I'm Dreaming?
Honestly, real thought-- How will I process being in such an exciting, beautiful place? When I was little I used to play a game where I'd close my eyes and pretend I was somewhere else-- a field of cows in Scotland, Time Square in New York City, the Himalayas... you catch my drift. Even as an adult I'd sometimes do it when I was stressed or bored, closing my eyes for a moment and imagining myself in a foreign place. This year, however, that foreign place has mostly been Thailand. I can't imagine what it's going to be like to close my eyes and open them to ACTUALLY be in one of the most divine places in the entire world.
7. Will it Change Me?
We've all heard that travel changes you and I know that to be a fact from living in Paris. Being in a new place, seeing and experiencing a culture and place you've never been to before, forces your mind open. No longer will I be contained on a small college campus where my biggest concern is what's going down on Friday night. I'm actually extremely excited by that fact.
I'm so thankful to have this platform and opportunity to share my journey. I plan to be much more active on this blog and take the time to document my adventures and my experiences. I'm so appreciative of everyone who takes the time to listen <3 .