At the end of July I went on holiday to Tenerife. I had a great time wandering around and also using some of my Spanish in real life situations. But before I left to go on holiday I thought about how strange it is that people save up so much money to take with them.
I’m not going to say how much I took but it was a lot and it’s something that everyone does. It’s quite normal to hear people trying to save a month’s wages or more for a week’s holiday. But you would never dream of spending that much money in a week whilst you are at home. People will say that it’s because you’re on holiday and you are supposed to enjoy yourself and do things that you don’t normally have the chance to do but it’s still a quite strange thing to sit and think about.
This tends to be even more bizarre when you work out that the food is cheaper in the place you are visiting. And I think this is one of the reasons why people going on a year abroad with their university find it so difficult to keep to a proper budget. I know for me and some of my friends that Euros were seen as a type of Monopoly money as we have always had the mentality that it’s money you use on a holiday. But this also makes you undervalue their worth.
The only positive to this is that most people only tend to go on a holiday like this once a year so that it doesn’t make it too problematic. But if you do this a couple of times a year then it becomes difficult to comprehend how someone can afford the extravagances that we allow ourselves whilst abroad, or even if you are holidaying in the UK. It can be quite difficult for people who don’t have a high income to be able to manage this and in some respects it means that people can feel ashamed of not being to save the same amount as others especially if it’s a group of friends going on holiday.
These are just my thoughts and next time I will be talking about some of the things I did whilst I was on holiday.
Hasta la fuego