One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is hearing about the amazing places our clients experience through their travels. Some of their recent destinations include New Zealand (pre-volcano), Ireland, Egypt, the Maine coast, and Cuba — just to name a few. I love swapping stories and recommendations.
You may be familiar with research that shows that we get more enjoyment from experiences rather than objects. Interestingly, psychologists have also found that not only do experiential purchases provide more enduring happiness than material purchases, but this happiness actually includes the anticipation of an experience being greater than the anticipation for a material purchase. In other words, if you are considering taking a vacation in 2020, book it sooner rather than later.
BUY EXPERIENCES, NOT THINGS
While thrift is a virtue and many of us master the art of delayed gratification, behavioral economists are increasingly telling us we need to flip these concepts upside down when it comes to enjoying those hard-earned dollars. This is particularly difficult in retirement, when we switch from net saving money to spending, which can feel uncomfortable.
Our colleague Bob McCormick recently retired after 27 years with Trust Company of Oklahoma. He plans on hitting the open road with his wife Julia in their RV to experience the best of Americana firsthand. I share Bob’s enthusiasm for places off the beaten path. In an ode to Bob and his future travels, here are some of my favorite hidden U.S. destinations:
TOP 10 HIDDEN GEMS
1. Polihale Beach, Kauai, Hawaii. If you want some secluded beach time with just you and a few curious crabs, take the island’s highway west until it ends, then take the dirt road a little further.