When was the last time you remembered going to a concert? Do you remember the last time you bought the shirt you’re wearing right now? Now… which one gave you the chills while viewing the multicoloured lights and sounds synergized together to leave a lasting image in your head? I’ll leave it for you to choose, but I’d choose the concert. I am a firm believer in investing in memories and experiences more than material things. I wouldn’t be able to tell you about the last time I bought my pair of shoes, but I sure as hell can tell you about the last country I visited.
Don’t just take it from me, it is a fact proven by the Cornell University scientists that “the key to happiness is spending your money on experiences”. They studied the science behind the travel bug by proving that the key to happiness is our ability to “adapt” to our surroundings. Whenever we have something new in our lives, we are happy. This feeling could be caused by buying a new item which is rated on the same scale as splurging on an experience. The only difference is that experience buyers are overall more satisfied with their purchase for a longer time. They experience less “buyer remorse.”
“Travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” is the motto I work with. Spending your money on travelling is the best return on investment you can get. Unlike that shirt you bought last week, going on a trip can help you enrich your mind, body and soul through creating memories to build upon and share with your loved ones. Experiences are stories that can you pass on through lifetimes.
Next time you get a cut of that fat paycheck, invest in a new experience! You’re doing yourself a favour. 😉
For some inspiration: Make it Count with Casey Neistat (don’t let the thumbnail photo fool you! It’s a good watch!)