One more reason why travelling changes your life.

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I had an “ah-ha moment” a few years back when I was in Bali for one of Eoin Finn’s YES (Yoga Ecology Surf) retreats.

It was the final day of the retreat and I was getting dressed for our last dinner together in one of the bigger houses. I’d already packed up my backpack in preparation to move on to beautiful inland Ubud for the next week or so and I realised just how little I had with me and just how little I actually needed.

Fast forward to November 2013 when I was packing up my bags and getting rid of all my possessions. It was absolutely liberating. I don’t want to waste money on trivial things like more handbags, ornaments, clothes, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics or perfumes. When you really think about it how much do those things actually add to your life? How many hours working did you spend to be able to afford that watch your wearing to make sure you catch your train on time? Now I’m not saying I’ve gone all minimalist and have gotten rid of all my material possessions because I haven’t. I just realised that some of the best things in life are not all that expensive and I’d rather spend my money on a grand adventure than a grand gown that will sit in my closet until I find somewhere to wear it. I’d rather work hard at what I love doing then spend each day commuting in to a job that I don’t enjoy just so I can afford the Claude Maus jacket I’ve been lusting after.

Less is almost always more,

Jessica xx

 

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6 thoughts on “One more reason why travelling changes your life.

    Gordon C Burns said:
    February 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

    After a resent life changing event. I’m learning to be more minimalist. I totally agree that spending your time and money focusing on experiences and travel is much better than spending time and money on physical trinkets. Life is for living. Something I’m slowly relearning to do.

      jessica's wanderlust responded:
      February 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Gordon thank you so much for your comment. I wish you all the luck in the world with changing the focus of your life away from money. Jess. x

        Gordon C Burns said:
        February 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        The world will be a better place when love and piece reign over money and greed.

    danielmelbye said:
    February 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I can relate. I have moved between countries so many times now and had to let things go. It taught me what was really valuable and what I really needed and couldn’t do without. Except I miss all the books I had to give away. I would have an awesome library by now.

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