My grandmother once told me, “when you grow up Amooti (pet name), you will learn to live in pursuit of happiness than material things!” I always thought, “Don’t material things bring you happiness?” …Today I know she was spot on!
Imagine: having a cramped home full of stuff or a passport full of destination stamps…I know which I prefer and so for me the question of Material things Vs Travel Experiences is moot!
I hope you too know that money can’t “buy” happiness. BECAUSE It’s an INSIDE JOB. Although having money and impacting your life and others can Definitely make you happier. (For many, money seems to be a limited resource…This is Mostly because of your thought process and Lack of ACTION)…But that’s not the topic for today!
What’s better; Material things Vs Travel experiences. Why You Should Buy the Experiences instead.
So, can we agree that it’s what we spend our money on that impacts on our state of happiness? for instance we started this Blog to share our Life experiences and it has ended up bringing us an income. We shared is the post about how Travel blogging can make you rich!
We buy stuff because we believe we will feel good having them…And in most cases they don’t deliver on that promise…or may very briefly!
Imagine, traveling the world travel – Swimming with Dolphins – Sky Diving- Catamaran Cruise off Waikiki Beach – Dancing Zumba on a Caribbean Beach – Sipping mimosas in a beach side hammock…
Buying a Rolex watch, Having the latest Samsung Smartphone, Finally getting that custom made bespoke LTD Edition Hermes handbag…
It’s a hard call, which one is BETTER, right? Yet the former list is all about life experiences on most people’s travel bucket list. And why not have Both anyway? Back to the money matter lol… Here’s why I believe your money is much better spent on life experiences, vs material things…Experiences tend to leave a legacy! Talking of legacies…
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#1 Material thins Vs Travel Experiences; The former are short lived!
Tell me when that scuba diving experience you had 7 years ago expired? You can still see the scenes in your mind’s eye even now. Yet those limited edition Nike shoes you bought last year have already been replaced with the next edition..Arg!
One of the biggest enemies of happiness is expecting things outside of you to make you happy!Click To Tweet
One of the biggest enemies of happiness is expecting things outside of you to make you happy!
Yes, many of us buy things in the hope they will make us happy! Come on admit it…(I used to shop for England) It didn’t make me happy. Just burned a hole in my bank account! (I still remember my first pair of Red heels…) They only made me happy for a while, and they got destroyed in the house flood. Why did the joy only last a bit? Because I adapted. I got used to them. Familiarity maybe!
What once excites you becomes the norm, the excitement wears off. Normal can be boring, and boring is NOT happiness. (I know I still went out and bought more shoes, less expensive shoes and the red heels were sat in a box waiting for a “Special Occasion” all of $400 worth!) I am glad I manned up and realised I have enough shoes to fill up my loft…Ssshhh and I wasn’t happy, so what changed?
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When I got my first smartphone, I was like I am gonna have this forever, I LOVE IT. 12 months later, I was after the next model and the next after that…Then the flood happened…It made me reassess my life, I wondered how long would I continue to look for happiness in material things…
Why not instead take my children on amazing experiences? Why not get away for a Friday night with my babe and simply enjoy a 5-Star experience? Take an adventure trip? These never got old…I look at the photos and I feel the warmth in my soul….
#2 Memories are Shared, Material things rarely create chances to share in your Twilight years
So, you bought that LBD and love it. Then it sits in your wardrobe for a year…Life Experiences on the other hand are different…How many times have you heard someone say “now that’s a story for the grand children”?
Chances are, that came from an experience you had that is so great it IS LOCKED in your memory bank for life! Thinking about it, sharing it, brings such wonderful feelings of HAPPINESS!
I KNOW that Travel will naturally do this to you
And finally, my reasons why travel experiences way out weigh material things….
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#3 Material things Vs Travel Experiences: The Planning and Anticipation
So how long did it take you to meticulously plan the purchase of that Little Black Dress? All of 10 mins, right?
Yes, I know the anticipation of finally buying those LTD edition Manolos can be high. Sadly, it wears off pretty fast, esp. when that credit card bill comes in. In comparison, I look forward to those moments we have with family, the trips we take, even if it’s a road trip…I am more excited than a child in a candy store! That’s why travel matters in life!
How about this…Why are most people super excited about working on a Friday afternoon than waiting out Sunday evening to Monday? (BY the way I love Monday just as much as Friday lol.) I learnt this after I read and applied the Monday Morning Choices.
It’s because you anticipate the weekend on a Friday! You get more and more excited for what’s to come over the weekend even if you’ve got no plans! Most people love the extra time they can spend in bed on a weekend to no alarm clock…Unless you work shifts lol!
Then on Sunday, your brain starts to play tricks on you…You start to think of Monday as BACK TO the HARD WORK. Maybe you even dislike your job, it’s not your passion, or you are not friends with anyone at work and your manager has made you their punch bag…Unless You love your job then Sunday afternoons for most are the start of the so called Monday blues! Which brings us full circle to EXPERIENCES!Sunday afternoons for most are the start of the so called Monday bluesClick To Tweet
The same happens with life experiences…Lets use your DreamTrip to the Bahamas as an example.
Once you’re booked in and set to fly out, the anticipation and excitement begin to kick in. Months leading up to the vacation, become a frenzy of excitement, preparation, and anticipation of what’s to come.
Throughout the whole experience from the time you book, until years after you return, you will have increased your happiness much longer than any material thing ever could. The people you meet, things you see and do, food you eat, the photographs you take, the facebook livestreams, the Insta-stories…All these will provide memories to last a lifetime… And may even be passed on to generations of your family!
Material things get old, outdated, lose that sparkle much quicker than memories…Those memories may fade, but they never completely lose their Sparkle!Travel memories may fade, but they never completely lose their SparkleClick To Tweet
OK… You may be driving the latest car, and it’s great!
But if you’re tossing up between doing something “outrageous” or buying the latest “thing”. I would go for the experience EVERY SINGLE TIME!
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