Happy day after tax day! (I hope you didn’t forget!) Many of you are anxiously awaiting your refund and I am sure you can think of a million ways to spend it. While the responsible among us may toss it all in a savings account and never look back, I’m guessing most of you are planning on blowing it one way or another. If that is the case, I challenge you to spend it on experience and not things.
Why, you ask? Well, because things only provide you with temporary satisfaction while spending money on experiences makes you happier, and for a much longer period of time. This has been my theory for some time but I recently found some hard evidence to support it, thanks to Fast Company’s recent article on the subject.
Forget the material objects and choose an adventure instead. Here are some ideas for just about every rebate level:
$100: Discover a park near you
At just $15-$30 for a night of camping, you can easily afford to reserve a spot with some friends, pitch in for a couple meals, and even pay for the fancy firewood at the entrance gate. Grab your hiking boots and a six pack, and make some memories.
$250: California adventure
It may not seem like much but I have managed to do just about all my weekend(ish) travels for under $250. (Well under. More like $100.) If you are looking for some ideas, check out my past blog posts or sign up for my mailing list and get my free guide to monthly adventures in California for under $200 (coming soon!).
$500: Fly to an inexpensive destination
If you have $500 and some vacation days saved up, you can probably afford to fly to an inexpensive spot, travel for the week, and not spend much more than you would have at home. The plane ticket will likely cost you the $500 but, if you land somewhere where you can get a hostel for $10/night and a taco lunch for $2, you may actually spend less than you do during a normal week. Think Central America...
$1,000: Hire a guide
While many of us are lucky enough to have friends that can show us the ropes on new adventures, many of us are discovering it all on our own. If you have always wanted to fly fish in Montana, raft through some rapids, or take a horse on an overnight trip in Colorado, use that big rebate and pay a guide to help you make that dream a reality.
$2,000: Adventure abroad
This is huge! Two grand is enough to get just about anywhere on earth and have money left over to fund some budget travel. Cross something off that long-ass bucket list or just spin the globe and see where it wants to take you…
Looking for some budget travel tips? Shoot me an email and ask away! I’m happy to give you any tips I have and help you find the best resources to get you on that adventure. Happy planning!