Why do we spend so recklessly on vacations?
And by “we” I mean, “I” of course, because there are plenty of people who go on vacation and come back with nothing but relaxed smiles on their faces.
But as not-the-most-frugal-person-in-the-world, I find it odd that I can chastise myself in posts about how I shouldn’t really be impulse spending so much, yet when I go on a vacation, it’s no holds barred!!
(A photo I took of a gorgeous department store in Paris, France)
It’s as though I have a compulsive NEED to purchase something on vacation.
Taking pictures is the #1 activity of course (I came out with 19,000 photographs from a trip once), but I also seem to require a souvenir of some sort, and if I don’t find anything (GASP!), I clutch on to anything to remind me of the place.
Why do I do this?
I can remember everything about my trips, especially the strongest memories which seem to last a lot longer than what I bought.
Why am I trying to be so careful about my money in my normal life, but then I go hog wild when I’m on vacation?
It’s like the valve is released when I am not on my home continent, and money pours out of my wallet.
I’ll have to remind myself of that each time I go to try and buy something on vacation: Would you buy that if you were at home?
Something to think about, for sure.
Do you do something similar?