I’ve thought quite a bit about how money affects people. Most of the time I am content just to have our basic needs met. There is simplicity in not having more. When I am cleaning my home, I often feel strangely thankful not to have a bigger house…because I can barely keep up with the one I have.
However, If I did have extra expendable income I would most likely not use it to buy things. I would rather buy experience.
Travel has given me the greatest life experiences. The way I most love to travel is going to a foreign country, grabbing a map and starting to walk. I want to see and experience the real culture of a place and not the “culture” a tour guide wants me to see. I have had the pleasure of spending time in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and just half a day in Cambodia on a visa run. My travels have helped me to broaden my world view, and have actually helped me step beside my own culture for a moment to see through a new lens. I feel that to be a gift.
It’s been 6 years since I have had the opportunity to travel internationally. Prior to these last 6 years the norm was international travel on a fairly regular basis. In less than a month I am heading Lima, Peru on a service type project. I’m excited to be able to travel again, to put myself in the position of being a learner, and to bring home the souvenirs of heart change. And a couple stuffed Llamas for the kids per their request!
Linking with Songography.