Journey with a purpose

A recent article in Singapore reminded us about the adequacy of retirement planning. While we do not comment on financial or investment issues, our focus is on what people intend to do when they DO retire.

Not surprisingly, ‘traveling to see the world’ is one of those activities. And we are talking more on this one activity. Seems this could be one thing that is common across aspiring retires across the world?

Like any economic exchange, traveling is an act of a traveller spending his/her monetary asset in exchange for an experience (via services rendered). The providers of the service(s) which produces the experience expend time and effort to deliver this. From the traveller’s perspective, this was a consumption of his/her capital asset. Many people expect to have sufficient retirement funds to meet this aspiration. Never mind that it is not clear why they want to travel a lot in their golden years if they hadn’t done so earlier in their lives.

Clueless traveler

Is it just for leisure and then forget? To shop, eat and don’t remember anything? Sometimes we can be clueless as to why we travel in the first place besides the “I wanna go see the world”. For what?!

Since we are on a roll here with NatGeo from my last posts, I will share with you an article written last November on getting lost with a purpose. While I do agree with Heather that creating a checklist to meet is potentially stifling and could lead you to “miss the tree for the forest”, most people inherently do some planning because of finite resources be it time or money. Perhaps youth is an asset where time is seemingly infinite.

Her tips on how to ‘get lost’ seems innocent. But be wary that the neighbours and strangers that you seek advise from may live around checklists too…just that the items on theirs is not on yours…Being open is what I agree on. But most of all, see what you want and not wander aimlessly. It’s still good to do some planning.

Back to traveling with a purpose.

So I posed to Suan this question : why do we (ie Mel and Suan) travel so much?

Her answer was : so that we gain a shared experience as a couple.

So here you go, memories. Since we decided not to have children, our memories will not be of changing diapers, the child’s first words etc. Our purpose is not just ‘to see the world’, but to go on journeys together and gain a shared memory, something that will tide us over in the most trying of times. As we mentioned time and again on this blog, memories are all you have when you lie down expiring.

Traveling. What is your purpose?


Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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