Life‚Äôs too short, and the only ‚Äúthings‚Äù that will stay with me forever are all the adventures and sweet memories.
F my mom‚Äôs English was good enough and she read this post, she would probably not talk to me for a long time. My mother-in-law lovingly called us ‚Äútraveling fools.‚Äù And I get it. I am sure their generation in general grew up on different values. House, car, furniture, jewelry and savings were all of paramount importance and a natural way of showing your status in life, your progression, your achievements. Don‚Äôt get me wrong, all of this is still important (and I wish more people could afford all the material pleasures of this life without sacrifices and budget planning). However, my generation is starting to progressively shift towards a different mindset ‚Äì where experiences matter more than things. The priorities are shifting from collecting things to collecting experiences.
Whether it was a luau night in Hawaii, climbing The Great Wall of China, overnight in a Buddhist temple in Japan, diving in St. Kitts, sumo tournament in Tokyo, or dune-bashing in Dubai ‚Äì the possibilities of immersing into local culture at your new destination are endless