We all love to treat ourselves whether it’s a shopping spree, a night out or buying lunch everyday. We can spend so much money on stuff we don’t need, so what if we switched and started to buy experiences, not things? I have definitely been guilty of spending $500 on a handbag just because… well, it was cute! However, as much as I loved having a fancy new bag, I also love traveling. I started to realize how much I was spending on things I didn’t really need and that if I wanted to travel extensively, I was going to have to be a little less extravagant. Even the smallest things I never thought of, such as my morning coffee before work. It all adds up in the end! At this point in my life experiences and memories are far more valuable to me than mere possessions. Expensive accessory vs. island hopping in Thailand? Morning coffee vs. scuba diving in Greece? I wish I had thought of this sooner! My closet would be emptier but my camera would be fuller.
After only 5 months into the New Year, I already ticked off some huge bucket list items. I took a trip to Tasmania, spent a week in Bali and I am currently traveling around Japan for the next three weeks. Which, FYI my round trip ticket from Australia to Japan cost the same amount as the handbag I bought a few years ago. It is not just about the traveling, but the priceless moments I have during my trips. I have made some unforgettable memories with my friends and met some incredible people while traveling.
In Tasmania, we rented a camper van and drove around, stopping off in different campsites, doing hikes in the mornings, jamming to the radio on our drives and chatting around campfires. I had never camped before, so it was a whole new experience for me. Setting up each campsite, cooking our own food, trying to navigate our way around a foreign country… it was great. Although, I can’t say I was much help with setting things up and cooking, even though I tried!
In Bali, I went with 12 people. Since we were a big group, we were able to rent out a private villa in Gili Tawargawn and Ubud during our stay. We went sightseeing, spent lazy days by the pool, hiked up Mt. Batur and even took a Balinese cooking class. Is swapping what you spend money on looking a but more appealing yet?
As for my latest trip, I just arrived in Japan and am excited to venture my way around the country on the bullet train. My friend and I arrived in Osaka and plan to work our way up to Tokyo with various stops in between. So far, we have overindulged in sashimi, visited temples and shrines such as the Fushimi Inari-taisha, watched traditional Japanese performances and tomorrow we are sleeping in a temple. I cannot wait to see what else Japan has in store for us. Some of the things on our list are hiking up Mt. Fuji, taking a sushi making class and watching a sumo-wrestling match. Knowing myself, as soon as I get back from this trip, I will start planning the next one. South East Asia? South America? Europe? Who knows!? However, one thing I do know is that I will have unforgettable memories afterwards, that will last much longer than things I have bought.
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