Discovering that you have lost your passport while in another country and with an impending deadline for an enormous feature can make you feel as if there is a mass of trumpets screaming inside your head. The guilt from your Chinese upbringing and 12 years of Catholic education only deepen your urge to crawl into a hole.
On changing your travel plans in exchange for a voucher.
Southeast Asia is so cheap. There was one day when we each had three meals, snacks, smoothies, and coffee, and we took a four-hour train ride, and we only spent $15. There’s nowhere else in the world where you can do that.
For what it’s worth, I spent the equivalent of nearly one month’s earnings on a thirteen-day trip.
So how much did I spend to travel to The Billfold Live? Let’s add up the numbers.
Why do we buy things when we are feeling sad, or pensive, or thoughtful, or stuck in a brain loop about our own abilities? Because we want to treat ourselves, maybe. Because we want to be worth more than our current opinion of ourselves. Because sometimes a new idea, even if it is just a whiff of liquid praline, frees us from the place where we are stuck.
Leaving out the cost of traveling on a cruise ship, which is also bundled up with “eating on a cruise ship” and “sleeping on a cruise ship,” I spent $841.43 on transportation during my 13-day trip to New York, Florida, and back.
I spent $285.65 on cruise booze.
This figure represents 27 drinks, 21 of which were purchased for me and six of which were purchased for friends.
It is hilarious that I am spending thousands of dollars on this vacation and quibbling with myself about how many $10 cocktails I can afford