I learnt a few very valuable lessons here.
Lesson 1: always book your accommodation after your bus ticket, otherwise you could end up paying for a night in a hotel when you will actually be sitting very uncomfortably on a bus trying to sleep.
Lesson 2: always respect the sun, otherwise you could end up embarassingly pink and have to spend the next few days sheltering from it.
Lesson 3: spend less time reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, otherwise you might not want to do anything or go anywhere.
Lesson 4: take time to interact with new people, otherwise you may miss out on the very people who can really make a place for you.
And just remember to enjoy each moment, no matter how sweaty or riddled with ants it may be. You will be smiling about it before you know.