Money Lessons Learned from Traveling Well

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Several months ago I wrote a post about what traveling while broke taught me about finance. Now, while I certainly don’t travel five-star, first-class all of the time, I’ve reached a point in my life where I can travel comfortably. I no longer have to sleep in a hostel and wait tables in a bar for a week to get enough cash to move on to my next destination.

You wouldn’t think that you’d learn too many money lessons from traveling comfortably. After all, if you’re not scrimping and saving to get somewhere, what financial lessons do you have to learn? Surprisingly, even when you think you have it made, there are still lessons to be learned. Even if you can afford

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5 Responses to Money Lessons Learned from Traveling Well

  1. Jamie says:

    This made me laugh out loud: “The outstanding memories are from trips I took when I was younger and broke” because it’s SO true. Even now, as an older adult, traveling with my kids, it’s the free activities and then spontaneous things we do when we’re traveling that make for the best memories. Maybe it has something to do with a total lack of expectations. I also like what you say about perspective. This is one of the best reasons to travel, especially with kids…to see how many different ways there are to create a life.

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  4. getagrip says:

    This idea of not having fun memories of things you paid well for is one I don’t really get. I have just as strong memories of seeing Blue Man Group, Phantom of the Opera, Styx, visiting Disneyworld, etc. as I do of camping with the kids and watching them pull their first fish from the lake or canoeing one early morning with one of my kids in a local pond. If what you spent your money on holds such little meaning or potential memory for you, was it really something you were looking forward to in the first place, or is it just some form of selective thinking (e.g. it must be better because I had fun and it didn’t cost money).

    I can see that there might be times where you spent money and were disappointed, but how many times did you not spend money to do something, were disappointed or found it mediocre, and brushed it off because it didn’t cost you anything but some time? Could the bais be because you invested yourself more in the “free” thing because you had lower expectations? While not necessarily disagreeing with some of the authors observations, it seems to me the author of the article spent more time watching and being embarrassed by her fellow travelers than enjoying and focusing on the sites she was paying to visit. The site wouldn’t be any different whether with a group or by yourself, it’s the way you interpret the experience that makes the difference.

  5. Elaine says:

    I agree fully with your statements. My husband and I took our most expensive vacation to Hawaii for our honeymoon. Because we had spent so much, we expected much more than our typical $500 roadtrip that creates epic memories. We were disappointed with Hawaii. That being said, our favorite time wasn’t the expense “excursions” but the free drive to Hana, where we stopped and skinny dipped alone in a fresh water pool with a waterfall. THAT was epic…and free.

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