Why travel experiences are worth more than things

Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” ~ Anonymous

Did you know that one of the top five deathbed regrets recorded is, “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”  Do you ever pause long enough to think about why we work so hard? Is it to improve our lives or our children’s lives?

Life is moving faster, technological advances have meant we are connected to a virtual world of social media, news and emails 24/7. We can travel further and faster than ever before. In a sense the world has become “smaller”, but yet society is more discontent, more depressed in the 21st Century than ever before.

Experience trumps material things

Working harder means we can make ends meet, make a little more money and hopefully buy quality things that last longer. But science has proven that money spent on things does not bring long-term happiness. Yes, the excitement of those things we dream about brings instantaneous gratification, but the happiness we experience fades over time. The things we buy become part of our new normal – we get used to them. It is when we “buy” experiences that we enrich ourselves.

According to Cornell psychologist, Professor Gilovich, “experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than material goods.” Experiences shape us and become part of our identity. Shared experiences with friends, family or newly made friends connect us on a deeper level than any material ‘thing’ (or social profile for that matter!) ever could. And what better way to experience those moments than during our travels!


Travel experience equals personal growth

Travel opens up a world of experiences, helping us learn about new people and places. It opens our minds and grows us as a person. As we learn about others, we learn about ourselves and we grow. Travel also teaches us valuable life lessons, from planning, organisational and budgeting skills to navigation and adjusting to circumstances. We are forced to step outside our comfort zones, eat new foods, see the stars, people and life from new perspectives and become more adaptable.


Travel experiences make for interesting stories

And while we gather images for our Instagram profiles, we also build interesting life stories. The kind we will always remember and cherish. Those you will share with your grandchildren – stories that will make them laugh, cry and most importantly show a bit more of who you are. Hopefully, your stories will inspire them to value experiences and not things, motivating them to travel.

You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless, they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.” Professor Gilovich

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