The Only Thing You Buy That Makes You Richer
It struck me during my annual spring cleaning that I had too much stuff. That extra crock pot, a great deal, sits untouched five years later. I’m not sure where I ever thought I’d put that (admittedly very cool) lamp, and I have enough dress socks to last a lifetime or three. It all cost money, but it sure doesn’t add up to wealth.
In contrast to stuff, I can confidently say that there is one purchase we can all make that does indeed make us richer, and that’s travel. Not wealthier in the material sense, of course, but richer in the ways that count. Travel makes us each richer in memories, experiences, personal growth, self-confidence and happiness. In fact, a recent study by Cornell University psychology professor Thomas Gilovich confirmed that investments in experiences – like travel – bring longer lasting happiness than money spent on material objects.
That’s a long lead in to introducing a series of blog posts based on columns in my local newspaper, the Forest Lake Times. The “fasten seat belt” sign is turned on, so please put your tray tables and seat backs up to enjoy a journey with me as I share my travels, experiences and tips to help inspire you to visit interesting places, make memories and, hopefully, learn to be a better traveler.
A little bit about myself to get started. I’ve been traveling my entire life. My first flight was at age 4 months, my first trip to Europe at age 6, my first cruise at age 12 and my first solo trip at age 17. In 44 years, I’ve visited 40 countries, five continents and all 50 states. I caught the travel bug at a young age, and it’s never left me.
That’s what prompted me to start my career in the travel industry!