For many people, taking their dream vacation is literally something they will only ever dream of. But why? Italy doesn’t have to be this distant land that you think of when dining at the
best Italian restaurant in town. When you close your eyes at night, do you dream of wandering the Tuscan countryside, laying beneath perfect Balinese palm trees, or cruising the Greek Isles? When you speak of your dream experiences, do you always say, “when I hit the lottery I will make it happen.“?
Sound like you????
Well, NEWS FLASH PEOPLE, your dream vacation IS possible!!!!
Travel loans are the best option today to make all your dreams come true! Think of it this way – you finance a car, a home, furniture, or any material good….
So why not finance experiences?
I was on Facebook last night and came across an interesting article called, The science of why you should spend your money on experiences, not things by Jay Cassano, writer for Fastcoexist.com and it talks about how we think material objects make us happy when in reality they just fade over time. If you believe in travel and the importance of it in everyone’s life, this article is a must read! Here a few of my favorite quotes…
“One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,” says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades. “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”
So rather than buying the latest iPhone or a new BMW, Gilovich suggests you’ll get more happiness spending money on experiences like going to art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling.
Gilovich’s findings are the synthesis of psychological studies conducted by him and others into the Easterlin paradox, which found that money buys happiness, but only up to a point. How adaptation affects happiness, for instance, was measured in a study that asked people to self-report their happiness with major material and experiential purchases. Initially, their happiness with those purchases was ranked about the same. But over time, people’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up.
“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Gilovich. “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.”
Another reason is that shared experiences connect us more to other people than shared consumption. You’re much more likely to feel connected to someone you took a vacation with in Bogotá than someone who also happens to have bought a 4K TV.
“As a society, shouldn’t we be making experiences easier for people to have?”
Simply put, we put too much emphasis on material items and rely on them to make us happy, but in reality only experiences can truly fill the void we constantly feel. Companies like United Military Travel are trying to close that gap to make your dreams a reality, and they have helped thousands of people do so already. This is something that is easy for me to believe on because I am a non-consumerist who believes whole-heartily that experiences, not things, make a person who they are. And I personally do not trust, nor have anything nothing in common, with people who are so rapped up in the material world and I rather hang out with a bum to learn about their vagabond experiences. I am sure I could learn far more life lessons from the bum than the person with a closet just for their shoes….