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Day 145: On Luxury, In Travel and Normal Life

Day 145: Drinking 120 Year Old Rum

Day 145: Drinking 120 Year Old Rum

Ever wonder what a 120 year old bottle of rum tastes like? Don’t we all?

Yesterday I was brought face-to-face, or better yet glass to lip, with probably the most expensive swig of rum I will ever have in my life. Or maybe I’m underselling my future a bit. Perhaps I’ll have more of this luxurious rum tasting in my life, but right now, getting a sample of a rum that one website prices at £1235 per half bottle is mind-blowing.

That’s me; mind blown.

The real question I had to ask myself after the sip was over was: Was it even worth it?

Does a rum this old and this expensive actually taste better? Is that money well spent to drink it?

rhum de sa majesteAs I stood there in my (well, Pat’s) brown sweatshirt, my red and pink PJ pants and my hair tied back because it needs to be washed, I sipped some fancy rum and finally, I knew what it must feel like to be one of the Olsen twins. It was a real taste of the luxurious life, yet, I felt a bit wrong.

Like, sure, there is a novelty in saying, “I just drank some really expensive rum!” It’s frivolous and carefree, and exciting. Pat’s dad was giggling like a school boy when he was explaining the background of this bottle of rum to us when he arrived home from his dinner. I was definitely intrigued.

But, I just don’t know… I don’t know about spending so much money on something when I would probably get more joy out of any quality rum that costs heaps less. Or maybe I’m just a really frugal and budget person at heart, forever?

The same questions crossed my mind when we were in Malaysia and staying at some of the classiest places in the area. I mean, the E&O is like the top hotel in Penang, and sure, the price is not much when you consider the price for a standard hotel room in Sydney, but imagine how much money we could be saving by choosing to stay in a hostel (I saw the hostels… they weren’t bad!). I start to think about rent, and bills, and dental work, and plane tickets, a new computer, and all that other stuff that I would so desperately enjoy spending money on at this very moment.

Obviously, I enjoyed the hotels… a lot (post to come). I enjoyed the pools, the buffet breakfasts, high tea, the service, the beds… I enjoyed it… but I found myself questioning it the entire trip if it was necessary. Is that bad?

Am I bound to be a budget traveler forever? Do you ever feel like this when partaking in a holiday that is just so extravagant compared to your norm?


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6 Responses to Day 145: On Luxury, In Travel and Normal Life

  1. Alouise May 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I think it depends on what it is. There are some things I’ll splurge on, like theatre tickets, and other things I want to save my money on. In Mexico I debated (for about 5 seconds) about whether to get a bottle of Dom Perignon. Would an expensive bottle of champagne had made my trip better? No I don’t think it would have. I stuck with Coronas and fruity drinks, and still had a great time.

  2. Jessalyn June 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    I’m in the same boat as Alouise – there are some things I’ll splurge on, but for me that’s a $15 guesthouse room with air-con instead of a $5 hostel bed with fan, a scuba dive course or a really good meal in a nice restaurant when I’ve been cooking at home 99% of the time for the past five months. Actual luxury makes me uncomfortable, because I’m thinking about all the other things I could be doing instead, both with my time and my money. Part of this might be because luxury often seems to be made for anyone but solo travelers, which is what I tend to be, but most of the time I think it’s because I don’t NEED luxury, I’m perfectly happy without it and having it just makes me feel silly.

  3. Chris June 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I definitely appreciate a bit of decadence from time to time. After two weeks of hostel food in Fiji – nothing tempted me more than an over-priced meal of steak and pasta and piping hot brownies. But traveling with budget conscious people in the past has definitely spoiled luxury for me. I just feel like I could be spending that extra money on future trips or new experiences.

  4. bethany June 14, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    Once you start to realize how much bang you can get for your buck you really start to dislike spending so much more. I am the same way as you. It actually is less fun when you know you are overpaying.

    Not to say it isn’t nice to spend time is fantastic places – it is! But when you know the golden secret of cheap travel going back to the expensive kind is TOUGH. You’re not alone on this one!!!

    P.S. love the Olsen sister reference – hysterical!

  5. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures June 14, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    I think we all deserve to spoil ourselves from time to time!


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