Have you ever had one of those “roughing it” types of vacations? You know the one – you go hiking, camping, and exploring. You’re away from TV, shopping malls and your iPhone has no signal in the Man vs Wild part of the world you’re in.
Why can’t you rough it everyday?
Just imagine for a moment. If you could live without those luxuries while on vacation, why is it not possible to do it all the time? Imagine the money you could save, nevermind the stress saved too!
On my recent vacation, I spent time with my family at their home instead of on a resort. Why? So I could not only spend more time with them but also to save some money. Believe me, going to Hawaii is not cheap! Before you start imagining an oceanside villa with yacht and butler, it was no where near that! My families home is a small 2 bedroom home, 2000ft above sea level in a modest subdivision with no county water. We have electricity, but no TV or normal internet. Cell phone service varies depending on the tradewinds – odd, I know!
I believe that in mainland North America we simply have too much. Stuff if just too accessible and convenient. If you’re bored, you drive to the nearest coffee shop, restaurant or shopping mall and spend your hard earned money while trying to drown that boredom.
What has your so-called boredom done? Created more debt for you! AND most likely, depressed you more.
Top 5 Things I learned to live without while on vacation:
- Starbucks – over an hour drive away
- Shopping malls – over an hour drive away
- Internet – I had to deal with only 56K dial up unless I were to drive an hour to Starbucks. Not worth it!
- TV – no more needs to be said.
- Electricity/water – you use both sparingly. Yes, I took showers daily! It just meant not taking the 15 minute long showers I usually do. Water is in a tank that will run out. Electricity costs 45 cents USD per KwH. Its only 9 cents per KwH in Canada.
Living modestly is possible. I’m not telling you to stop taking showers or sit with only candles lit in your house, I’m just asking you to think about the things you can do without. You have an iPhone, Macbook and iPod; do you really need an iPad too when the others will do the same thing? Do you need to fit in with your friends that badly?
Ask yourself this – who are you and what do you want from life? I think you’ll find the answer does not lie in a material object!
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