“Collect Moments Not Things”
One of the most common questions we are asked is “how do you afford to travel so much?”. Well, we’re definitely not part of the Hilton family and no, we did not hit the lotto. Our answer is simple – we work hard and collect moments, not things.
Every day, we are all bombarded with the latest trends. We see it on magazines, billboards, televisions and even blinking ads on the side of our computer screens. Big companies pay boo koo bucks to brainwash us into buying the latest cars, fancier phones and trendier clothes. When we purchase these items, we have instant gratification. That small bit of happiness is usually short lived. Once the latest iphone comes out, we are back to feeling left behind. We’re constantly chasing the newest baddest things.
The question is, do these ‘things’ really make us happier? Who are we impressing? Do we ‘need’ these things? Are they worth all our long working hours? The answer is no – in our opinion.
Back in the day, people worked for their ‘needs’. After those needs were met, most of the time, people had money left over to save. Nowadays, we work to keep up with the Joneses. We buy ‘Stuff’ that takes up space in our homes and we work day and night to afford things that will hopefully bring us a brief moment of happiness. For many people, there is too much month at the end of the money and debt stops them from saving.
It’s time to start re-defining happiness. Every body has their own. Corporate companies sell their happiness – profit. We buy their happiness. That sucks. How about your happiness? Most of us can agree that our happiness is found in experiences and memories. We never forget our first kiss or the first time we flew on a plane. The moment we graduated. The time we helped someone in need.
The point is, most of the time, happiness is found in things we did and not in things we bought. For Trevor and I, we find much of our happiness in traveling the world and seeing new things. We’d rather drive a used car and travel with the money most people would put into a fancy new car. Catch our drift? Traveling is not about being rich. It’s about being smart with your money. We buy what we need and save what we need to live the life we imagine. For those of you who are curious, here are a few things we did from 2015 – 2017, to travel for 4 months in the Philippines:
- We moved from expensive Newport Beach to a less expensive travel destination – Palm Springs.
- There, we purchased a condo as an AirBnb investment. Yes, we rent out our property while we travel. This pays our mortgage and provides us passive income.
- We earn through our blog. Yes, writing on this website earns us $ for travel. Hooray!
- Remained Debt Free!
- Put away 20% of pay & invested our $. (While a portion of our savings goes to things like Retirement and a nest egg, the rest is put into our “for fun” savings account)
- Sought out opportunities that allowed us freedom – Trevor now works a seasonal job & Melody found freedom in digital marketing.
- Made sacrifices – This is a big one. We avoid the following: buying things we don’t need, eating out at expensive places (unless its a special occasion of course) and enjoying free sunsets over expensive outings.
- Found odd jobs on the side: Freelance Writing, Guest Blogging
- Didn’t follow or hang out with the Joneses – they’re broke 😉
The point is, will you remember your life sitting in a Porsche, or will you remember your life sitting with loved ones on a holiday vacation to the Bahamas. Remember, memories last a lifetime. Things do not. We only live once – make it matter!
Please share your thoughts on this topic. What makes you happy?