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Whenever I spend money on travel, a few people raise their eyebrows (even if those eyebrows are digital), suggesting that it’s frivolous. Or that I’m “lucky” to have that kind of disposable income.
But part of the reason I can afford to spend money on travel is because I don’t spend money on handbags. Or shoes. Or expensive dinners or fancy shows. I don’t go out drinking often, I don’t take many cabs, I don’t get my hair colored, and I rarely shop for clothes.
In other words, I can afford to travel because I’m frugal in other parts of my life. My trip is someone else’s Gucci.
(Plus, I travel cheaply. Partly because backpacking lets me see places the way locals do, and partly because that means I can afford to travel more.)
We all choose our priorities. Yes, we have unavoidable expenses, but so much of how we spend is choice — choice that’s often mistaken for obligation.