The best bit of advice I ever received (from an elderly friend) is to travel as much as you can whilst you are still young enough to do so. Don't leave it until you are too old, sick or infirm to discover and explore the world at your fullest potential. We are going to Europe later on in the year, so I will think of him when we are travelling from country to country.
That is definitely fantastic advice. There are major advantages of traveling when you are young enough, if your budget permits, including mobility and stamina. It sounds like you have an amazing adventure coming up. I hope you have a fantastic time.
I must have inadvertently over heard your special elderly friend say that for the universe to hear because the pressing urge to travel to Europe n the UK, when I was 25 ish was how I thought at the time because of things around me I could see further into the future that at that time I wouldn't or couldn't take the trip. I was totally correct in my foretelling my future and I'm still thankfil and grateful I pulled up my Sox and dived right in and took a chance then and travelled full on everywhere for 3 mths. I arrived home very tired and needing a holiday but oh so very very happy I went. Such wonderful memories.
Wow. I wonder if she had a bad experience in the tuck shop? School is a funny place. I had never imagined that the parents would have school yard politics as well as the children, but I have seen it first hand. I stay out of the politics but still stay involved with the school by volunteering with reading, excursions and science fairs. My kids love it.
I have received a lot of good advice and trying to decide which is the best is hard. I liked "Live life to the fullest like every day is your last", "The time to be happy is now", "Dont ever give up" and "Life is too short for bad wine". I think the one that really sticks is "Change the things that you can but accept the things you cannot change and move on". Sometimes this is easier said than done!
I agree. Travel is one of the biggest eye openers in life. Fantastic when you are in your 20s. I read a great article recently that recommended that Baby Boomers should consider having a gap year, if they can afford it, which I completely support. Embrace travel while you are fit and young enough to go where you want to go and enjoy life. Do as those slogans on the back of caravans say "Spending the kids inheritance".
I love this one which I tell those starting out when they ask me for guidance.
"Find your Passion. When you find your passion, you usually succeed as you've found the secret key for unlocking the bolted door and with that knowledge you can always earn money to succeed and you can teach someone else who you can see has that passion you have"
The other thing I've told 3 year old children and older, is when they engage with me a random conversation about money is........
"Be grateful always and say always say please and thank you."
"When you get money given to you from "the tooth faerie" you need to learn how to manage it and that is 1. Tithe some. 2. Bank some and 3. Spend some...even if you received 50 cents. Tithe? What's tithe. Tithing is to donate some money even if it's 20 cents to charity if you received abut 50 cents so if you received $$$ then you still do the same thing. Tithe some as donate some, save some and spend some. Doing that every child will learn to save and care for others and spend within their means. I have asked the children to return to tell me how they're applying my suggestion and they return with huge smiles on their faces and excitement that they had saved enough money to buy a bike with some over and so on.
We under estimate the comprehension of children when these three fundamental basics of money handling should be taught children from a very early age. They all know they get money just coz, for birthdays and Christmas but it's the explanation about how to save, spend and donating a little brings about a better change than just blowing every cent. I know it works or I couldn't tell you it did. The savings could help them go through uni with a parent match for their cash...or a car down the track or indeed a house....it's endless. :-D