It’s easy to spend months saving up money for a holiday. However, as traveller Kevin Kelly reminds us, money is not as important as we think. Time is the commodity we should be watching.
Money can buy you all kinds of luxuries that make a holiday easier, but it can also cause you to miss out on all types of things. Kelly explains:
Here is what I learned from 40 years of travelling: Of the two modes, it is far better to have more time than money.
When you have abundant time you can get closer to core of a place. You can hang around and see what really happens. You can meet a wider variety of people. You can slow down until the hour that the secret vault is opened. You have enough time to learn some new words, to understand what the real prices are, to wait out the weather, to get to that place that takes a week in a jeep.
Money is an attempt to buy time, but it rarely is able to buy any of the above. When we don’t have time we use money to try to get us to the secret door on time, or we use it avoid needing to know the real prices, or we use money to have someone explain to us what is really going on. Money can get us close, but not all the way.
This idea isn’t anything new, but it’s a healthy reminder that it’s best to just sometimesgo on holidays without worrying about affording luxuries.