Well ok, so the title is a ‘slight’ generalisation but the real title ‘save for your next big trip and cut back your spending but still treat yourself every now and then because you should do everything in moderation‘ seemed a little too long.
You see, when you speak to ‘real travellers’ instead of holiday-makers (whatever those terms really mean), even if you return home, you are constantly researching and planning new trips and that, of course, means saving your travel money. So you stop socialising as much. You stop buying ‘treats’ like new clothes or computer games (whatever floats your boat). You cut back on any kind of luxury so that you can make your dream a reality and you do everything humanely possible to up your bank balance. But you know what you forget to do in that time? LIVE.
As I said a previous post, you can still save your money but keep buying a new wardrobe or equipment for your travels and you know what? I think continuing to buy things instead of saving every penny is GOOD FOR YOU! I’m not saying buy everything just because you want to but trying to save every single penny is just, well, depressing as hell! Sure if you usually go out 10 times a month and a buy new dress or shirt for every time then cut back but there is nothing wrong with some socialising and treating ourselves.
I’m all for planning for the future but what about living in the present?! If you’re not planning on a big trip for a few months or even a year, surely it’s sad when you reach your goal and look back on those past few months and think ‘what a waste’. I didn’t go out with friends and enjoy the time we had together before we left, I didn’t buy that killer dress that I looked amazing in or my first pair of new shoes in over a year. How boring and sad. I’d even go as far to say that maybe it’s not such a bad thing to splash out on a mini-break somewhere if you can scrape the cash together. It doesn’t have to be expensive and there are always some great deals on all-inclusive holidays if you just want a beach, a good book and yummy food to keep your ‘travelling spirit’ alive!
Sure, you can argue that the more you ‘treat’ yourself the longer it will take your dreams of travelling to become a reality but just because you’re aiming for something important in the future, you shouldn’t stop living in the present. You don’t have to go out on every invitation but if it’s a close friends’ birthday then go out and have some fun and enjoy letting your hair down. Likewise, if there is a game you’ve been wanting to play for months then go ahead and buy it. Sure, you might complete it in a couple of weeks and I may only be able to wear my new shoes a few times before I head off but enjoying them ‘in the now’ is the best bit. You don’t need to spend a fortune on yourself but you shouldn’t punish yourself either.
Life can pass you buy in an instant but that doesn’t mean you can’t slow it down with some socialising and treats 🙂
What do you like to treat yourself with when you’re waiting to travel?