Aristotle said that ‘men fancy that external goods are the cause of happiness [but] leisure of itself gives pleasure and happiness and enjoyment in life.’

If you plan a big vacation, it may seem like a financial burden at first, but once you experience the new place, it seems well worth the money. You won’t talk about your new phone purchase five years from now, but you will definitely be talking about a great experience that you had.

Whether you go on a vacation with just your significant other or your family members, you will always talk about your experiences. You could spend a thousand dollars on a new TV that you will enjoy for a few years until it gets outdated, or you could spend that money traveling to a new destination and experiencing new things. Chances are that you will be more fulfilled when you get a new perspective on a different city, state or country that will have you talking about it for years to come.

If you are truly looking to live a more fulfilling live and create memories, experience new things rather than buy new things. You may find that you are happier even when you spend less money. Take some time to create your own experiences to see what makes you truly happy. You may be surprised to find out that money doesn’t buy your happiness, and that all you need is to experience new things in order to get the gratification you need to be happy.

To create those experiences that will last a lifetime, forget about material possessions and take a trip to explore the many sights and sounds of South Africa.