In this digital age, it’s difficult for people not to compare their own lives to the lives of others displayed online in bold detail. The common thread among the many users of social media is that they are in search of finding and then sharing the meaningful pieces of life. For many, this means showing off an expensive haircut or the latest smartphone. The answer to finding meaning in our lives, however, is to ignore society’s gravitation toward shelling out extra money on material items and to instead take your hard-earned cash and put it toward exploring and discovering new life experiences. Awaken Travels challenges you to consider Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things. The following is a brief overview of three points to consider when choosing to build a library of life experiences.
1. When you choose to spend money on experiences, you are paying a fixed price on an investment of priceless value. The investment, in this case, is in memories, stories, and impressive world experience that is relevant to your own personal, and perhaps professional, life. There is no risk of your memories malfunctioning in the way that the latest tech gadget could, and there is no risk of your stories going out of style. The world experience you can obtain from taking a daring step outside of your typical routine lasts a lifetime.
2. A financial investment in adventure and new experiences translates into a learning opportunity. Perhaps the most valuable lesson to learn in the midst of traveling is finding new strengths within yourself. There is no experience within the realms of an ordinary routine that could be comparable to overcoming a language barrier, or from needing to learn on the fly about the use of public transportation in a foreign land. New experiences, especially those abroad, have the potential to give a boost of confidence. This confidence boost could not stem from obtaining a new material good. Overcoming cultural barriers helps people gain an indescribable sense of self-respect.
3. Your perspectives change. We mean this not just in the obvious sense, in that paying for a foreign experience allows a person to observe new customs and ideas. We also mean to say that your perspective of an experience changes over time. When exploring new parts of the world, of course, new stories will come back in your brain the way that souvenirs get tucked into your carry-on. The difference between the stories and the souvenirs, however, is that a story may have one meaning immediately after its occurrence, and then slowly shift in meaning over the course of time. A trivial part of a journey may one day become a point of frequent reflection. Your stories and experiences after an adventure will continually live a life of their own within the confines of your identity. You may be surprised at what types of experiences have the potential to stick with you forever, and which pieces of an adventure pop into your head with poignant impact decades later.
Be sure to contact us if you would like to bravely choose an investment in an adventure.