Ten Commandments for Tourists

I’ve read a quote that says, “Spend money on experiences and not on things.” While I ponder on that thought, it sinked into me that there is some truth and depth to this. Come to think of it, If I were to compare my experience between buying the latest gadget and going to a place that I have never been before, the fulfillment of gaining a new experience is more satisfying than the material possession.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, agrees that:

We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them. .

In his study, he states that:

People’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up. We consume experiences directly with other people, and after they’re gone, they’re part of the stories that we tell to one another.

Part of life is creating memories with love ones but we get caught up with trends that we forget to think twice and buy that dress that we really don’t need. I’m not against rewarding your self with a new watch, bag, shoe, or clothes because it is important. I would recommend you buy a really good camera (Handy digicam, GoPro) for all the wanderlust you have targeted throughout the year.

It is easy to fall in love with travelling. Planning your next trip can be very exciting so before you book that next flight, remember these few rules to help you enjoy your trip.


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Go ahead and create new memories, start your road map to adventure and focus on what makes you feel alive. 🙂


  • Reference: Sak Onkvisit and John Shaw (2007). International Marketing: Analysis and Strategy. 4th Edition. Page 13.
  • All pictures used in this blog post are originally taken by the author and thus reserved the right for any copyright.
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Posted on September 5, 2015, in Life's Like That, Travel and Leisure and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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