Once payday comes, many of us tend to go crazy with their card swipes. After all, the instant gratification brought by branded new clothes, expensive jewelries or brand-spankin’ new gadgets is hard to resist – it’s safe to say, it can even be addictive. But it’s important for us to remember that life isn’t just all about getting the next big thing in fashion or technology, you also need to consider the important of investing in life experiences. It’s true that money can’t buy you happiness.
Many entrepreneurs know the value of investing in life experiences such as traveling, as opposed to outright spending on material things. Here are some reasons why:
• Lasting memories – it’s likely that you will not forget the first time you set foot on your favorite place or that time when you have realized how beautiful nature can be. Experiences like these and the emotions attached with them are long-lasting and sometimes even unforgettable. You just can’t get that with a new iPhone that becomes obsolete in the next few years.
• New scenery inspire ideas – Whether they come your way during the trip, gazing out the window while you drive in a lively city street the very first time, or when you are back at home, there is something about getting away from it all and soaking up a whole new scenery. It could possibly literally alter your point of view. This change in perspective can lead to new ideas.
• Meeting new people – any self-respecting entrepreneur knows the importance of networking. When you travel the world, you will get to meet new people. Brand-new networking opportunities abound. Interacting with new people while on a trip may include prospective clients or potential partners, even by way of a well-connected server or store cashier.
• Exposure to other businesses and markets – While traveling you can observe numerous examples of how many other businesses are doing and how they’re positioning themselves. Because you’re in the area, you can consider collaboration, or perhaps borrow their approach once you’re back at home. You might even think of a means to fix a local problem and develop a brand-new service or product from it.
So the next time you have the funds to spare, consider traveling to a new place, preferably to a place you’ve always wanted to visit. Those shiny things you buy are only good instant gratification, not lasting happiness.