WOW, costs add up!

Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 04:32 AM
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I am an estate planning attorney. I deal with terminally ill clients often. I have never had one complain to me he or she had spent too much money on traveling, or spending time with his or her family. I have heard the opposite <font color="red">very<font color="black"> often. You cannot take it with you.

I just had a close friend die of prostate cancer at age 49. Tragic. Towards the end he told me he regretted not quitting work and taking his family on a last trip or two. I have long known I do not want to have the same regret.

We are spending about $22,000 USD on our first trip to Africa in two weeks. I am taking over $2,000 more in cash (new bills, thanks for the tip (no pun intended)). Every penny will be well spent.

We have fond memories as a family of horsepacking into Yellowstone, mountain biking and off roading in Canyonlands National Park, rafting through the Grand Canyon, hiking to feel the heat of the lava in Hawaii, etc. Lots of great stories (I awake in the middle of the night in the Grand Canyon to a shriek from my wife sleeping outside the tent (I am paranoid about rattlesnakes). &quot;A ring tailed cat just stole one of Marisa's sandals.&quot; Then watched the little bugger methodically check out every other member of our expedition asleep on the beach.)

Experiences we will share forever. Every dollar spent in Africa I imagine will be more than worth it.

<font color="red">My humble thoughts

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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:45 AM
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That's very much my family's philosophy - you can't take it with you and it's the life you live and the memories you make as you go that are important.
Don't get me wrong, my parents have always made sure that the basics come first - food on the table, a good education, a warm and welcoming home... but after that the priority is family and friends and life experiences.
So I grew up spending holidays in great places and the memories I have are incredible.
I've carried that on as an adult and I'm very happy to prioritise a fun, memorable life over high-fashion clothes, the latest CDs, a brand new car ever year or two or whatever it is that so many of the people I meet spend their money on.
I'm absolutely with you!
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:58 AM
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Kavey, Kevin et all - I couldn't agree more. I was saving my best quote (the one I LIVE by) for last in my trip report (the VERY end) but it needs to be said in this thread too-

<b>&quot;Twenty years from now you will be more disapointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.&quot;</b>

-Mark Twain
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 09:22 AM
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That is why it is so important to take a 2nd, 3rd, etc trip--because you are amortising the cost of the clothes and camera eqipment over multiple trips. So your clothes and camera stuff are half the cost on the very next trip!
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 09:47 AM
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That's one of my very favourite quotes too - I have a list of travel related quotes which used to be on my website but the website is no longer up.
It's just a fabulous quote!
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 02:36 PM
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We've always traveled and when the children came along, they came along. Lots of things make the difference. As the Bible says: your money is where your heart is. The difference between a luxury car and a regular one, hmmm, I see two or three trips.

It's a no-brainer which is worth more!
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 03:41 PM
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Clematis: you are forgetting that going on safari is probably saving folks like you and Rocco from taking in additional pets, thus saving on pet food, vet care, etc that comes with a larger menagerie.

It is an unassailable theory -- sure going on safari costs a lot of money but you are saving a lot by being gone. Let's just leave it at that so I can keep on enjoying what I really should not be able to afford.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 05:58 PM
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Kevin,
I heartily agree with you...we have never regretted any money we have ever spent on a trip, in fact, our journeys have been priceless, and we wouldn't trade them for anything. I think our kids feel the same. Here is my favorite Mark Twain quote, which I was hoping to use on MY trip report when I return, but it's just so good!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Innocents Abroad
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Old Jul 23rd, 2006, 05:21 AM
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It would be a shame for anyone, at their end of days, to have the words &quot;could've, would've or should've&quot; on their lips. Traveling is one of the best way to avoid them!
 
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Hello,

I couldn't agree more with the sentiments expressed here -- no price is too high to pay for the experiences I've had in Africa.

How can one put a price on seeing two of the world's only remaining African wild dogs mate...being close enough to touch leopard cubs as they play...or hearing the hippos snort you to sleep at night?

How can one put a price on magic?

Cheers,
Julian
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Old Sep 27th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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I know this is an old post, buuut i just made the same mistake Lucia did by adding up all my costs, and what do you know, it was a couple thousand more than originally expected! Anyway, just bookmarking cuz this post helped to make me feel better about all the money I'm spending and how it will be totally worth it!
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Old Sep 27th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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<i>Priceless.<i></i></i>
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Old Sep 27th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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best advice....just pay the bills and step away from the calculator!!!!
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Old Sep 27th, 2007, 06:48 PM
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Jenbertoni,
If you'd like to post your itinerary, there may be areas where you could save based on suggestions from others.
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Old Sep 27th, 2007, 07:44 PM
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thanks atravelynn, but its not the safari that is costing more than i thought, its the stuff to help me prep for it! Plus, im going on an all camping safari, so im pretty sure im saving as much as possible. Its all the medical, tipping, clothing,flight to rwanda, new camera, other electronic stuff, etc that just seems to keep adding up. Its actually not the fact that its expensive that im worried about (i am literally spending every last dollar i have on this trip with no regrets), its the fact that im a starving college student who doesnt make too much as it is, but i want to make sure i can tip enough to our guide, cook, and any other staff we meet along the way!
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Old Sep 27th, 2007, 08:00 PM
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I understand. There is always just one more thing. Tipping the cook is a good idea if you are starving in order to get to Africa. At least you'll eat well once you get there.
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exactly, whats a few months of starvation in the big scheme of things, right? ;-)
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