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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 7y

I have a lot more disposable income nowadays then I did when I first started backpacking, yet my travel habits have barely changed (other than now usually opting for a single room rather than a dorm, on account of having heard enough snoring to last me a lifetime) :) - and thinking about this led me to wondering: When you have a wad of money left over at the end of a trip, a birthday with no one else around, or just feel the need to treat yourself to something more while you're out there... what do you spend it on? How do you splurge? Is it always pre-meditated, or does the urge to spend come over you unexpectedly and do you just give in?

2. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 7y

If it was me I would probably buy something that would last. A meal or hotel would be gone so quickly. I would opt for a nice new backpack or a new comfy pair of shoes. Maybe something else ythat would make your travels nicer all the time that you wouldn't normally have in 'budget mode'.

Here's another Idea that will sound pretty strange. But if you met some one that was homeless and bought them a hotel room and a meal for a few nights, might be cool. They would never forget it and neither would you. A memory of a life time. You would be rewarding yourself by rewarding someone else, you know?

Pura Vida,

ice

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I came back from a trip to Asia in April, had a little extra (thank you Uncle Sam for the refund), took that cash and invested in another ticket overseas. It's not at all hard to spend money in this world! In my old age, I'm spending a bit more on quality - and finding out that you actually save that way - who knew?

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 7y

when we were away and had a bit extra i was normally the one to splurge, mostly on souvenirs to post home to decorate the house, if we didn't have the extra to send them home we would have been stuck carrying everything which can be a pain, in the last trip we sent back masks and statues........or after a few weeks of being in hostels we'd book into a nice hotel and have two nights of really nice sheets, mini bar, tv.........or it would be to take a train instead of the cheaper bus........

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

I like the idea of i c e, regarding giving someone else something.

Unlike i c e though, I rather splurge on non-material things, and invest more in well...memories, good food, some special accommodation (nothing luxurious though, they are usually boring), some activities etc.

I did a hot-air balloon ride and a helicopter ride in Australia, two activities I always wanted to do, but never had the possibility or right place.

I do like a bit of nicer car to rent (I am a car enthusiast as well) instead of the smallest, if it is not overly priced or something.

In general, splurging for me though is just spending a little extra. You won't find me in business class for example, that's really too expensive.
And sometimes I splurge by just choosing a more expensive destination or more expensive trip.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I splurge for different reasons. We stayed in Quebec City at the Ch√Ęteau Frontenac in the fall for a rediculous price--because there was no other accommodation available and we figured, why not? I'll never do it again, but I can say we were there.

Same thing for my business-class ticket aboard the now-defunct Zoom airlines. It cost as much as economy on Air Canada so I figured, why not? I'll try it once in my life. Totally not worth it, but I got all the boxed wine I could drink!

We also splurged in Interlaken for a train ride up to Jungfraujock. That cost more than accommodation for a week, but we figured, why not? We'll probably never do it again.

Ditto the occasional good meal out, good bottle of wine, nice souvenir (like my ostrich egg from South Africa), pair of shoes (I bough a pair in NZ for an obnoxious price only to find the same pair in the bargain store at home for $30--that'll teach me!), and so on. I generally try to keep costs as low as possible when we travel, so I can splurge now and then on something that seems out of the ordinary and special.

7. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

I like the idea of i c e, regarding giving someone else something.

Unlike i c e though, I rather splurge on non-material things, and invest more in well...memories, good food, some special accommodation (nothing luxurious though, they are usually boring), some activities etc. .

Man, I was like, "Yeah, someone is agreeing with me" only to keep reading and find you had to go an dish me in the next sentence. tst, Did you have to make it sound so negative Utrecht? "Material things" you could have at least said "practical things".... LOL LOL

No, seriously after thinking about it non stop for like two days I decided you were right. It would be better to spend the money on a priceless memory than some piece of junk you'll probably never use. LOL!

I know when I was in Bogota, I didn't know if we should 'splurge' and go rock climbing in Suesca (because it wasn't on the agenda) or not. We did it. It was really sweet. I am really glad we did it. It was something we had never done and probably will never do. We even splurged a little more and got a huge pizza at the restaurant. Which was also worth the doe.

Though I still think my first Idea was the best of all the ones here.

Viva la vida,

ice

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting i c e

Quoting Utrecht

I like the idea of i c e, regarding giving someone else something.

Unlike i c e though, I rather splurge on non-material things, and invest more in well...memories, good food, some special accommodation (nothing luxurious though, they are usually boring), some activities etc. .

Man, I was like, "Yeah, someone is agreeing with me" only to keep reading and find you had to go an dish me in the next sentence. tst, Did you have to make it sound so negative Utrecht? "Material things" you could have at least said "practical things".... LOL LOL

No, seriously after thinking about it non stop for like two days I decided you were right. It would be better to spend the money on a priceless memory than some piece of junk you'll probably never use. LOL!

I know when I was in Bogota, I didn't know if we should 'splurge' and go rock climbing in Suesca (because it wasn't on the agenda) or not. We did it. It was really sweet. I am really glad we did it. It was something we had never done and probably will never do. We even splurged a little more and got a huge pizza at the restaurant. Which was also worth the doe.

Though I still think my first Idea was the best of all the ones here.

Viva la vida,

ice

Yeah, I know, that material stuff sounded a bit negative didn't it. Hadn't realised it up until now though. Damn, I should watch my f*cking vocabulary...oops, there I did it again
Cheers man!

9. Posted by Atherinton (Inactive 32 posts) 7y

I can't bring myself to splurge.. Myself, I would just put it aside for my next trip.

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Yeah, I know, that material stuff sounded a bit negative didn't it. Hadn't realised it up until now though. Damn, I should watch my f*cking vocabulary...oops, there I did it again
Cheers man!

Michael, Michael, Michael... Shame on you! What the hell do you think you are typing???? Damn it, man, just stop it now or it's a spanking for you!!!

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So, splurges...
Our biggest splurge is when we visit our best friend in Florida. Since he's taking care of his elderly parents, we end up spending a week sleeping on an airbed in their livingroom. Thankfully, no one uses the livingroom. But, we try to take a couple extra days and spend it shell-collecting on Sanibel Island. (Shell capital of the US... My favorite place...) We also enjoy having 2 decent dinners while there as we've spent the rest of the time eating hot wings at every hot wings place in central Florida. Though - The Front Porch Restaurant, where our friend resides, has the best chicken fried steak and biscuits & gravy we've ever had. For us, that's a splurge in of itself and cheap too.

When we're traveling somewhere other than Florida, we don't really splurge too often. Once in awhile it may be a higher end hotel. When in Panama, the road to Bocas del Toro was flooded so we found Las Olas resort outside of Playa Barqueta (Pacific side) for very cheap and there were only 10 other people staying there (it has 90 rooms). I tend to "splurge" on 1-2 wind chimes and a few fridge magnets from our different destinations.