Measuring price in travels
Just after high school (and into the first part of college), I worked in a trendy and overpriced retail store in the mall, a brand that everyone in my school liked to wear. At the time, I sometimes would measure the price of things in clothing. The pay was horrible, so after a short shift, I’d joke with my friend “I earned a sweater today!” It was mostly true, too. Most of my meager earnings went to clothing.
When I did a semester abroad, my friends and I took a lot of vacations (to brag: Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Thailand x2 and several trips to mainland China). I also had some friends with expensive tastes, and we were browsing the Louise Vuitton store one afternoon. Well, I was browsing, they were actually shopping! My friend picked up something small, I think it was an ipod case or something like that, and asked if I thought it was a good deal. Of course she was asking the wrong person if she wanted encouragement to buy designer goods, but my answer was something like “No way. You could go on a vacation to Vietnam for that price.” I measured the price of things in travels.
Now, I simply measure things in dollars. Maybe even more boring, I measure it in savings. If I want something, I think, “that is $X less for my emergency fund!”
T and I both want to go abroad when he is done with graduate school. He is gunning for Europe (wavering between France and Italy), but my heart belongs to Asia. South Asia (Inda, Nepal), Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia). Traveling would be best in a cheaper area of the world, though I’ve yet to see much of Europe. I suppose Europe may be easier for our careers, but secretly, I kind of want to throw off the career for a few years and teach English. Maybe that would be too much of a derailment though.
I don’t dream of owning a home. I probably will someday, for financial and security reasons, but I just don’t dream of it. I don’t dream of owning my own business. I don’t dream of a nice car. I just don’t care much. I dream of traveling. I’m considering reducing my E-fund contributions and slightly upping my T-fund (I just invented that nickname for it) contributions instead. I think, someday soon, I’d like to measure things in travels again.
For now, it is the 8-5 routine and getting the most out of southern California…