Buy experiences, not things

Most of the days at work I used to think about how precious is life and every second in it. My second thought was about how can I do such an atrocity and selling pieces of my life for around 10 £ per hour. Well, we all have to give a share of our time in order to get something in return. The most important thing is to choose wisely where do we invest our limited funds of time that we converted into money and the answer is very easy.

Happiness.

Yes, invest in happiness.  That could of course vary and mean something different for each of you, but the ultimate advice is :

Don’t spend money on things. You’ve heard me, don’t. Problem with a possession is that excitement from a new thing fades pretty quickly, isn’t it? You bring a new thing home and after a couple of days or weeks, it becomes a norm rather than a novel that it has used to be. What was up to date and modern today, doesn’t have to be the same tomorrow. There always going to be something newer, better than what you already own and that would wreck your excitement. Possession also goes hand in hand with comparison and there’s always someone with better equipment than you and it could easily devastate your thrills too.

Biggest paradox is that we assume that our excitement from what we’re buying will last as long as that item itself.  It appeals almost intuitive that we’re suggesting that only things we could physically see and feel on a permanent basis would deliver required passion to us.

And now, what’s the power of experience?

Have you ever purchased something that wasn’t as cool as you expected? Well, once you buy it, it’s going to be right in front of your face,  reminding you of your disappointment. We don’t do that with experiences. The very fact that they last for only a short time is reason why we value them so much, and that value tends to increase as time goes on.

They are becoming a part of us.

You are the outcome of everything you’ve seen, everything you’ve done and all those beautiful places you’ve been.

Buying a new MacBook won’t change who you are but spending a few weeks hiking through Asia most likely will.

Experiences are enjoyable from a very first moment of planning, all the way through to the memories we cherish forever.

So love, eat, travel and repeat

Travel essentials

If you consider yourself more like a traveler that travels consequently rather than a tourist who on the other hand stays at one place to enjoy a vacation, you would agree that there are few  must haves that all of us have to carry. My motto on the road is ‘expect the unexpected’

 1,  Passports (2)

Or at least try your best to do so. Since your journey dependable number one is your passport, I decided to have two.  It is not only case when you have a dual citizenship that you are allowed to have two passport. Many other countries recognize that some countries don’t like seeing certain visa/entry stamps so you can get another passport, while both of them are valid simultaneously. Apart this fore mentioned advantage is it good to have this reserve passport in case you get mugged or lose first one. Luckily for us, visas are easily transferable to another travel document.close-up-desk-hat-346798.jpg

2. Revolut

Altough it is important to have knowledge of accessibility to ATMs at your destination and manage amount of your cash that you carry accordingly yet you still need a card to use as carrying cash for the whole duration of your trip wouldn’t be the wisest decision.Again I recommend to have more than one cards available for use keeping them at different locations or pockets. In my opinion, best choice is to get Revolut card for following reason:

  • Can have multiple cards related to one account
  • can freeze/unfreeze, enable/disable contact less, change pin through app anytime
  • withdrawals from ATMs around the world for free of charge (unless it’s a non-bank ATM) up to 200/400€ depends if you’re free/premium user
  • Uses real time exchange rate rather than disadvantageous rates of banks and other companies.

It is important that you   choose to be charged in same currency as you have on your bank account so Revolut can use their exchange rate. If you have for example account in € and you use Revolut in The U.s. and choose to be billed in dollars you’ll get US bank’s exchange rate rather than Revolut’s.

  • split bills, instant transfers, vault and thorough analytics of your spending and by thorough I really mean it.

It takes less than 3 minutes to apply. You’ll have to send a pic of your ID, send a selfie to confirm that it is your ID and top up for 10 £ (5 for delivery)background-bills-cash-929288.jpg

3. Hidden flat body pouch

Easily consumes credit/debit cards, cash, passport. Easy to wear …nothing else to add.

Get one here

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4. Adjustable/Fold-able travel bag 

Water resistant adjustable bag that unfolds from a size of a purse into 40L backpack. Unfold size: 58 x 34 x 20CM (H x W x D), Folds into: 24 x 20 x 9CM (H x W x D) enough to carry your necessities with a weight of as little as 450g .Yet biggest advantage is its size adjustments as various airlines have various requirements for cabin luggage. Remember you are a traveler not a tourist, carrying extra luggage could incredibly increase price of your adventure. It’s Ultra-light, Ultra-durable, Ultra-awesome and in various colors. Sounds handy? Get yours here

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5.  Insure and go

I have no doubt that at this point you already thought about travel insurance but there’s this common dilemma which one to choose. I was so fortunate that I never had to claim it and wish all of you to be that lucky too but yet it is a must to have one and in a name of few of my friends who were less fortunate and had to make a claim I recommend this company. Their insurance covers anything from medical expenses trough flight delays/cancellations, whole holiday cancellation/abandonment ,  accommodation cover, personal money (in case you loose all of yours), any legal expenses or personal liability damage and many more plus your insurance will be tailored especially for your needs whether it is a single trip or backpacking expedition around the world. I already took them with me, would you do the same?

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