Travel – I Hate This Rip Off

One of the luxuries of having money is being able to travel. It’s one of my favourite things to do.

I’m so fortunate that I’ve been to so many incredible places around the world.

You plan your trip, get excited in the lead up, pack your bags and head to the airport.

Fingers crossed it’s a smooth flight with everything on time (including yourself) and you land in a completely different part of the world.

Travel can be relatively cheap, like when I first backpacked to Australia, or it can be relatively expensive, if you like to go in style. There’s no right or wrong way to travel.

Here’s the scenario…

Maybe some of you can relate?

You get off the flight to Bali and (even if you flew Business Class) all you want to do is get to the Hotel or Villa and start relaxing.

It’s hot.

It’s crowded.

It’s slow getting through customs and immigration.

The kids are irritated.

Other passengers are agitated.

If you’ve been to Bali (or almost any holiday or travel destination), you know the drill.

Finally… after what seems an eternity, you exit the arrivals hall and walk around to find a taxi service. With sweat now running down your back and after some brief haggling (where you do your best despite just wanting to get the heck out of there) you’re quoted $20 for a short ride, when you know it should cost $10.

I don’t want to pay it just on principle. How could I justify paying double what I know the trip is worth?!

A conversation with a friend about travel - Chris Gray

She had a point.

I didn’t even know how much I’d spent on the trip. I would never miss the extra $30 if it were part of the full trip budget. But the stress that $30 would save me???

Arriving at the hotel and the holiday has already started in a limo rather than haggling for a cigarette filled cab and checking in already annoyed at the experience?

Can you see the difference?

Put differently, as I heard recently from a wealth expert…

“Is this a $30 problem or a $30,000 problem? Where should you be spending most of your time?”

Money can often be seen as a dirty word. Many of us grew up in a house where our parents argued about money and most people never wanted to talk about how much money they earned.

Some people are embarrassed that they don’t think they have enough and others who earn a lot don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to be seen as bragging.

I think this needs to change in schools. I think this needs to change in everyday life.

I’m very comfortable talking about what I do and don’t have. Not because I want to boast. Because I want to learn from accountants, wealth advisors and even the general public. I love getting questions about what I have, what I’ve earned, or what my plans are. Most of the time I’m pretty clear on my answers and hopefully that can help others as well, but sometimes I hear things that I’ve never considered.

That’s how I grow. That’s how I learn. That single strategy has unquestionably made me millions.

It’s ok to change your mind when you learn something new.

You can’t just read this article then ask your next door neighbour, your uber driver or your hairdresser what they think. That’s not how it works.

Start by speaking with people who are experts. People who you know have already built a level of success in their lives.

You’ll be surprised how open and honest these people can be if you ask for their feedback and real life experiences.

You’ll also be surprised how many of them reply when you reach out.

If you want… you can start by chatting with me. Book a chat and let me know where you are at and what you are planning to do.

We love talking wealth. We love talking property.

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