Travel or Designer Duds? What would you choose?

9 Jan

I’ve always told my husband money comes and goes, but you should work to travel and see the world, not spend it on material possessions (even though I won’t deny that I love designer handbags!).  I mean just today on Gilt, I saw a Carolina Herrera dress marked down from $9,999 to $2,499 – huge percent off, but REALLY?  Who has that kind of money to spend on A DRESS?  I told my coworker that I’d much rather spend that money on plane tickets for me and my husband anyday.  One of my facebook friends had taken a photo of an article in a magazine and I thought it was worth sharing, Here you can read it below:

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Interesting, right?  I have DEFINITELY felt buyer’s remorse after spending too much money on something, but I didn’t feel any such remorse dropping a whole lot of money recently to purchase tickets to Paris & Brussels for my husband and I.  I know I can look forward to a week and a half with my husband in two lovely European cities; a Louis Vuitton bag just wouldn’t do that for me.

So, as a goal for this year (let’s see how far I can get!) I’m going to indulge less on “impulse” purchases and instead, think things through and wonder if I could get similar items at a lower cost. 

Whose with me?

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7 Responses to “Travel or Designer Duds? What would you choose?”

  1. blade3colorado January 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    What wasn’t clear is if your husband agreed with you? I’ll assume he does or he needs to go back to remedial “Material Possessions vs. Travel 101” training. However, I digress . . . you are absolutely right. No one – as the article points out – talks about their “entertainment system” without legitimate concern his guests might doze off.

    Hey, like you, I like nice things, but I like memories more and that is derived by doing things that are fun. I recall buying a BMW and falling absolutely in love with it . . . until I parked it at a grocery store and some &$#@*)! dented it with a shopping cart. Pfffft! End of love story.

    Have fun in Paris and Brussels . . . I am heading off for a round the world trip in about 7 days and am stoked about it. Now, that’s something that lasts forever.

    • Sidra Trajcevska January 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      My husband was totally afraid to pull the trigger and book our trip, he’s more of a “save money” kind of a guy while I grew up traveling with my parents most summers (albeit inexpensive vacations!). He never had that experience. I compared the cost of hotels to the cost of, let’s say, handbags (odd but worked), the cost of an expensive museum pass in Paris to the cost of an expensive meal here that lasts just one day. I think he totally agree with me, but, it’s still quite an expense to travel but one I’m more than happy to save up for! We’ve been married a year and a half now and I try to plan quarterly trips…. but this is our first big trip since the Honeymoon (Costa Rica!). So excited!

      Good luck on your around the world trip, I started to follow your blog, can’t wait to read about it and get inspired on future trips!! Where are you going first?

      • blade3colorado January 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

        Whoops! I thought you were getting married (I’m embarrassed because I read another post of yours and got confused about who’s page I was on). OK, I see that you did the excellent post on going on a trip or buying a hand bag. Your writing is outstanding! I will follow you too. Oh, it DOES look like you have him trained. Grin.

      • Sidra Trajcevska January 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

        Haha! I kept a wedding blog to document that, I really do need to keep up with that more since I get organic hits to a lot. So bad that I don’t. Aw thanks for the compliments on my writing – I need to write more!

  2. blade3colorado January 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    By the way, I understand your husband’s attitude about saving because I was like him a long time ago. It was probably the main reason my ex divorced me. In short, I was a workaholic. After the divorce, I did a lot of reflection and decided that I had squandered happy moments, such as possible trips with my wife for work. Immediately after doing this self reflection, I vowed to do two things: 1. Work only 40 hours a week and travel less for business; and, 2. Retire early. I did both (I retired early 7 years ago) and HAVE NEVER REGRETTED THOSE DECISIONS. Show this to your husband if you feel comfortable doing so . . . I hope he recognizes that the most important things in his life are you and building memories with you. Take care and again, enjoy your trip to Paris and Brussels!

    Steve 🙂

    • Sidra Trajcevska January 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      That was so sweet, thank you for sharing your story. I will for sure share this with him. He’s an awesome guy and so relaxed (I’m the crazy one who wants to go all over the place while on vacation) so his slow place really helps keep me balanced, so I think this advice is honestly better-suited for me! haha! My dad was always on the move, as if the monuments would be gone if we didn’t see this first thing in the AM, so I get that from him for sure! 🙂 I’m glad you were able to get those things straightened out for yourself and are now getting to travel and enjoy life! It’s really what we’re here for. Hmm on another note, I should really start thinking of my full-time job as just a means to fund my travels/shopping addiction. 🙂

      • blade3colorado January 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words . . . It’s quite apparent that you both complement each other, i.e., it sounds like you have a very strong relationship. I’m happy for both of you. 🙂

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