It should come as no surprise that I am in favor of splurging on food every once in a while. However, I mostly stick to local dishes and eat at places that sell them cheap – just because often the hole-in-the-wall places are tastier. So even though a large part of my travel budget goes to food, I’m not sure if it counts as a major splurge.
However, there is one thing that I splurge on, and that’s adventure activities. I got my first taste zip-lining in Costa Rica. Though if you count horseback riding, I really started when I was 6.
In college, I took several of William and Mary’s available Kinesiology activity classes – Adventure Games (involving zip-lining, rappelling, and high and low ropes courses), Whitewater Kayaking, and Whitewater Canoeing.
Photo taken by Tal Granek
Sometime during my semester abroad in New Zealand I became a major adrenalin junkie. The kind of things that satisfy this urge don’t run extremely cheap.
For instance, a two-week trip in New Zealand resulted in caving, whitewater rafting, a glacier hike, ice climbing, and canyoning, most of which cost at least NZ$100.
In Korea, I’ve been bungee jumping and rafting, but luckily these pursuits are cheaper here: 40,000 Won for bungee jumping and 20,000 Won for rafting.
There are still activities I haven’t tried, even though I’ve done a lot. And there are some, like canyoning and caving, that I would jump at the chance to do again. Therefore, I think it’s safe to say I’ll continue to splurge on these activities.
I think, in the end, paying for experiences makes for better memories and more satisfaction than paying for things. So I can totally justify all that extra money.
What’s your travel splurge?