I wish I spent more money on this trip.
Most people say the opposite about their travel expenditures, so why do I wish I burned some extra cash?
I missed some awesome opportunities I might not get another chance to experience because I was afraid of spending the money.
I didn’t do the Sahara camel trek in Morocco.
I didn’t go to a Hammam in Marrakech.
I didn’t go to a Soviet Prison in Tallinn.
I didn’t go to the caves in Granada.
I didn’t get a massage in Budapest.
I didn’t shoot an arsenal of fully automatic guns in Vilnius.
I blame it on a flaw in my monetary plan: I will save by not spending money when I don’t NEED to. That’s what long term travel is about, right, not spending money?
My thinking should have been: I will not spend money on unnecessary expenditures except for the rare opportunities that are unique to this area.
I regret not spending the little extra cash on incredibly memorable experiences. Not only for my memories but for memories with other fellow travelers. I turned down too many offers from good travel buddies and now I regret not having these memories to look back on when I reconnect with these friends down the road.
From here forward: I’m not going to worry about spending money on experiences.
When you decide to travel: Remember to budget for these adventures.