Crystal McLain, the fabulous winner of our Thailand Trip Giveaway, has been excitedly preparing for her grand adventure! Learn a bit about her & check out her contest winning video here. As well as studying her Lonely Planet guidebooks to determine her must-see places and must-do activities, Crystal has been buzzing around like a very busy bee to get prepped for the trip of a lifetime! Here are some of the ways she is getting ready:
Learning the language! Crystal says, “One of the first things I did was familiarize myself with the SOUND of the Thai language. Even if I end up speaking nothing but English while I’m there, I thought it would be wise and polite to get used to the accent and pronunciation. This [above] was the first video I watched to do just that. Next, I want to learn a few polite phrases to introduce conversation. A little effort goes a long way when traveling!”
Getting creative with her language learning! “I used to make a countdown chain for Christmas when I was a kid. I thought it would be fun to do the same for my trip. So I made a 50 day chain with a Thai phrase or word I got from my Lonely Planet phrase book.”
Getting organized! “Sometimes I’m clever. Made a chart of our accomodations and excursions we’d like to go to with their name, address, phone number, and cost. It unfolds in my Thai phrasebook and doesn’t fall out.”
Meeting up with Mexicali Blues owners Kim and Pete for a bit their travel insight, and to plan their meeting in Bangkok!
We can’t wait to see and hear more about her journey! Stay tuned for tales of her global exploration as she shares the adventure with us!