When I go on social media I scroll through and see all of the pictures of influencers visiting various places around the world, documenting every second of their trip and making the less fortunate wish they were there. This seems to be a common theme on social media now adays, especially instagram. Better yet, the reason that these influencers have all of this money to show off their trips is because they got rich by being an influence. Sounds weird right?
Alternatively, so many people have travelling on their bucket list.They might even have a whole section dedicated to travelling and all of the places that they want to travel. I am not one of those people.
So many people say that you should spend money on experiences rather than things. I honestly am not sure that I agree with this. Actually, I’m sure that I don’t agree with it. To a point, experiences can be better than material items but a lot of the time I feel as though I’m throwing my money away when I spend on experiences. To spend upwards of 5 grand on a vacation and to come back and just have pictures to look at fondly really doesn’t seem all that appealing to me.
For example; I would rather spend that 5K on a hot tub that I can get installed and enjoy every day. That is something that I would not regret for a second. Going on vacation can be hit or miss depending on the weather, the people you go with, etc. The travel could be delayed, it could rain every day, your accommodations might not be up to your standards. There are a lot of variable in play and as much as you try to plan, things don’t always go the way you want. Some people roll with it and embrace it but I am the type of person who like to have a solid plan and stick to it. No substitutions.
To have something tangible that I can look at every day and say ‘that’s what I spent the money on’ is more desirable to me. Now, I’m not against people spending money on experiences. I think that if you love travelling and you want to go backpacking across Europe, that could be a really amazing and beneficial experience for you and it could be a great use of your money. For myself, however, travelling is stressful and always sounds a lot better than it actually is. If I were to travel, I would be doing it for the wrong reasons. I would do it because I feel pressure from others.
I feel like people are really pressured into travelling nowadays. They see others their age travelling the world and feel left out because it is something that they should be doing even if they don’t consider it a passion. There are people out there who want to do nothing more with their lives than see the world. It’s what makes them happy. It’s what gives them life. I can completely understand and appreciate that and I love to look at those experiences through their eyes but that’s enough for me. I don’t feel the need to go and experience it myself.
Here is my list of things that I would rather spend money on
- Save up that money that I didn’t spend on travelling and move somewhere where the weather is nice all the time so that I can enjoy every second of my life and feel like I am always on vacation.
- Invest that money in my education. I could easily spend a couple of grand getting certifications to further my education and open up career opportunities for myself. This, to me, is more beneficial than travelling.
- Adopt a dog. The cost of a dog over their lifetime is quite hefty and instead of spending that money on travelling I could invest it in a life long friend.
- Have a smaller, just as enjoyable experience. There are lots of things that I could do for a lower price that are also enjoyable. I could spend a couple hundred dollars on concert tickets or I could go to the spa and get a 200.00 massage.
- Save that money for a down payment on a condo/house
- Save that money and put in in an emergency fund
- Go on a day trip to a beach or somewhere else close by
- Buy the espresso make I’ve been wanting
Please know that I’m not against travelling and I’m not telling you not to travel. I think that, if you are doing it for the right reasons, it can be a great thing. I want people to know that it’s ok if it’s not your thing because it isn’t for everyone. For a long time I thought that there was something wrong with me because I didn’t enjoy travelling but I now know that I just have different priorities and that’s totally fine!