As I was scrolling through my feed this morning, I saw a post that ended with the quote:
“Experience is far more valuable than money ever will be.”
It was for a magazine and it was encouraging young people to travel and telling them “Do not worry about money, just make it work.”
Well, I definitely AGREE that experience is far more valuable than money. However, pleasant experiences will NOT pay your bills. And the rather cavalier attitude regarding money and just “making it work” may work in other countries that have good public education, healthcare and unemployment benefits; but here in the Philippines?
That post really bugged me because I get sooooo many stories from people who wished they had spent their younger years better. That instead of carousing in many places, they had PREPARED better for things like CHILDHOOD EDUCATION and RETIREMENT. Because if you just try to “make it work” in your 20’s or early 30’s, you WILL have problems in your 40’s and beyond.
However, before you all say I’m just an old scrooge, I believe it does NOT have to be an either / or proposition.
Invest earlier and use THOSE earnings to fund your travels.
YUN ang masaya.:)
After all, the BEST experiences are those you do NOT regret when the bills come due.;)