A few years ago, when I was wringing my hands about talking a family trip vs getting a fancier new car, a friend advised me to take the trip. She pointed out that travel and other experiences are a much better long term investment than things. Here was her reasoning.
Experiences are a better investment than material things because:
- Planning experiences brings a lot of excitement and anticipation. The pleasure of the anticipation, can bring you many months of happiness
- Next there is the actual experience. This is what you’ve dreamed of, and you will finally get to savor it. All the more sweet when this is shared with people you love.
- Finally there are the good memories, which can last a lifetime.
Getting things is also very nice, but tangible things fade faster than memories. It’s hard to enjoy them for your entire life. They probably don’t shape your sense of self or bring you closer with others in the same way that experiences do.
Thanks to Cloud 9 Living for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
When you look at travel and big experiences in this fashion – you can definitely see the long term value.
This is why I was excited to hear about Cloud 9 Living. Cloud 9 is a service that helps you snap up amazing, dream-time life experiences like flying a helicopter, racing a Lamborghini or being serenaded by a gondolier on a private dinner cruise, at a significant discount. Not all the experiences are as adventurous as flying a fighter jet – there are spa and theme park fantasy packages as well. Truly something for everyone.
When I looked through their catalog of offerings in my area I knew exactly which experience I was going to sign up for. And it wasn’t for me, but I was happy to drive along and take photos.
Since we were in college, my husband has dreamed of learning how to fly a glider. Or even just to go up in one. He’s talked about this wistfully, every few years. I don’t share this fantasy, but who am I to rain his dream? I quietly stored this information away in the “someday” file.
When I saw that Cloud9 had glider rides and lessons starting at $235, I knew that was the ticket. This Father’s Day he finally got to live his dream.
If you are looking for a gift that will truly be cherished for a lifetime, consider an experience. Check out Cloud 9 Living!