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Shopping spree...or vacation? What would you pick?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by whochrisliu, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. whochrisliu

    whochrisliu Well-Known Member

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    Hello all!

    I was just wanting some input from you guys as to what you would do. Say you have a couple grand saved up, is been a hell of a year and you want to reward yourself. Would you rather go on a big shopping spree or would you rather go all out on a 7 day cruise? This is my dilemma, for the past 4 years I have always opted for the shopping spree. My reasoning has always been that you can keep these material items until you die and resell them if need be, whereas the vacation is just "X" amount of dollars thrown away in a week. I actually honestly never really been on a vacation, flying down to visit grandma or to attend so and so's wedding does not count. It just does not seem best bang for buck in my mind.

    However as of recent I have started to wonder 'if the grass is greener on the other side'. But I scoff at the idea and put it into the back of my mind and think of the Audemars watch, a car upgrade, another pair of shoes, etc. As the days go by I find myself thinking about going on a vacation more and more. Sitting there at work daydreaming about myself lounging on my stateroom balcony, with the blue seas, open wind, and not a care in the world. So now I got both ideas on the scale, I actually like both equally...So do I buy my hearts desires once again or do I mix it up? Do you personally like buying things more than going on vacation? Friends of mine and people I talk to at work all have mixed opinions. A older fellow that I know swears by travel and says that in all his years he only wishes he had been to and seen more places. My younger and more materialistic friends beg to differ. Does "age come with wisdom?" Or is this ol' timer off his rocker?

    Of course if I made more money I could afford to do both but thats not happening right now so I got to make do. What do you guys think?

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
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  2. JohnGalt

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    HRoi Senior member

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    i think the shift comes with time...you tend to start out wanting to accumulate stuff, and then once you've indulged your main passions, you tend to "run out of things to buy" and value experiences more
     
  4. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    Vacation every time
     
  5. whochrisliu

    whochrisliu Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your advice. Funny thing is is I am only 23...but I got a head start being a shopaholic though, I began buying "nice stuff" since I was 19 working full time (70 hrs a week at my family restaurant). The idea was if you owned everything that was best in its class then your quality of life skyrockets, your a brimming image of success, you look in the mirror and say "I've made it!"...right? But the past 4 years I pretty much bought everything I wanted though, finished the check list. But the thing is I still wouldent mind having more of these things in quantity. Its like right now I find it hard to believe you can "run out of things to buy" take watches for instance; You want a Rolex, finally get one, hallmark moment congratulations, well its just the beginning. You still need a Jaeger, Audemars, Vacheron, Lange, Patek; once you have all of them theres still the grande-complications which are six figures. That alone's a lifetime thing...not to mention the car collection, walk in in wardrobe, nice house on prime real estate...BUT I understand what you mean HRoi, I think im actually half way getting there. [​IMG]

    Er...one little thing I accidentally left out, the past year I found a girlfriend and have taken more time off of work, I gained 30 pounds and just started enjoying life more. So yeah, maybe thats the reason.
     
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  6. Kiwi Man

    Kiwi Man Senior member

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    I say "VACATION." This is because the experience will last longer than any item that you buy.

    COME TO Thailand!
     
  7. tullytra

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    Travel, but not a cruise: too many days wasted just at sea. There are at least 2 and probably 3 days just spent in open waters on a 7 day cruise. A vacation may only be X amount of time, but you'll always remember it especially since you've never been on one. You can do a lot on a few grand as a 23 year-old on vacation, so seize the chance. It'll be much different than vacations you may take later in life.
     
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  8. Ambulance Chaser

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    Collect experiences, not things. Your life will be much better.
     
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    + a f'in million. and skip the cruise, go on a real holiday.
     
  10. impolyt_one

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    I have never had any inkling of desire to go on a cruise.
     
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    +1

    they seem like awful things
     
  12. whochrisliu

    whochrisliu Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah...I think Thailand is where I can get "Best Bang for Bhat" hahahaha!

    I dunno guys, I just like being on a boat. I went 2 times before but this was like 6 years ago.
     
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    I've never regretted a vacation. Purchases on the other hand...
     
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    But like others said, probably not a cruise.
     
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    Definitely travel. There's much better experiences to be had. I mean, your new clothes won't have sex with you... (Though, maybe you can have sex with them...?)
     
  16. NickTW

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    My wardrobe is in horrible need of an update, but this is still a no brainer - travel. A cruise might not be my first choice (as many others have mentioned), but it's still a hell of a nice way to get away from it all and not have to worry about scheduling anything. I get bored within a day or two of sitting on a beach somewhere, so the changing scenery of a cruise alleviates that somewhat. Still, you're young - go backpack across Europe for a few weeks, hit up somewhere traditional like London/Paris/Rome/Venice if you feel like playing it safe to start, or go with something more exotic - safari, SE asia, etc. The world is full of so many experiences that can't be purchased in stores, and souvenirs/memories can last longer than more material things anyway.

    Nick
     
  17. whochrisliu

    whochrisliu Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all your suggestions even though its on hell of a lopsided vote. Well being in the travel forum section might have something to do with it. I never went to Italy, but I have been to France and the UK already. Most of Asia and to NY and Cali. I never liked the idea of backpacking through somewhere, maybe being out of your element and lost is fun but my idea of a vacation is 5 star hotels, room service, limo's, chauffeurs, sight seeing and fine dining. So my minds still set for 7 days at sea with my state room and 1st class priority boarding. Perhaps if im lucky I can win my vacation back in the casino anyways. [​IMG]
     
  18. Find Finn

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    100% travel I would somewhere warm with alcohol and a 2k shopping spree, is done in a couple hours.




    If I had to go on a cruise it would be something like this http://www.mobfestival.com.br hot drunk girls out party, can only go wrong .
     
  19. impolyt_one

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    I'm guessing these are the kind of women that mgm92138 is frustrated by, the ones he can't saddle up next to at a bar with an Old Fashioned in hand and have them notice his Tom Ford pocket square.
     
  20. tullytra

    tullytra Senior member

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    How did we get from this...


    to this...


    to this?


    Did you live in France, UK and Asia?
     

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