Being Present in Travel: 6 Reasons Why, 4 Ways How (Uncornered Market)
"What if in our quest to create memories, we inadvertently sell
the actual experience short or diminish its importance as it happens?
That is, we forsake the experience for the metaphor. How can we be more present during our travels so as to savor
those experiences for what they are in the moment while also deepening
how we might recall and share the memory of them later?"
2. Buy Less, Do More: 5 Reasons Experiences Make Us Happier than Things (Alternet)
This is a longer article, but it gets particulaly good when Wallman starts listing specific reasons why experience is better than stuff about 3/4ths in. From reason two (it's hard to have a bad experience):
"Think about being on a long bus ride, and you’ve sat next to a person
who’s sick – literally sick – all over you. And there are chickens on
the bus, the windows won’t open or shut, you bang your head, the seat is
really uncomfortable, and you break your coccyx and you’re just in
agonizing pain, it’s supposed to be a one-hour journey and it takes
three days. At the time, that’s a really horrible thing to be going
through. But the more you tell it, the better it is, right? There’s that
magic. The magic of a bad experience is that it’s almost like there’s
no such thing as a bad experience. That’s probably my favorite reason."