I am one of those people who firmly believe in that when you don’t shop at 50% off, you save 100% of the money. I can’t think when I last wrote, if ever, about shopping on this blog. But this recent trip to Thailand changed my views a bit. In fact before heading out my sister said she would give me some money so that I could shop for her and I told her I am not going to shop from a repeat destination.
Don’t get me wrong, I do buy things on my trips. But I do it like a chore. A dress or two for daughter and niece, a dress or a bag for my sister, t-shirts for nephews. I try to buy similar clothes for my daughter and niece, other wise they fight. They are 6 and 9 years old. I buy similar clothes for my two nephews otherwise they fight, they work and are in their 20s. Usually there is nothing for husband and me. I have now started buying fridge magnets too. That would sum up my shopping. It hurts to shop when the currency is as strong as the Jordanian Dinar, it hurts much less when I shopped in Baht.
But on the recent trip to Thailand I had colleagues who were really enthusiastic about shopping. Maansi told me there was a sale going on right in the complex where we were attending the TTM 2014. The next day she took me around as well. Then there was Rohit whose shopping bags were an inspiration. I still didn’t think much about it. But then we were dropped to MBK Mall and suddenly I realized that the prices were really low compared to India, I started buying things. And some of the stuff really nice.
I ended up with buying much more than what is customary. Among other things there was a small backpack for my daughter which has a stuffed toy (Dora the Explorer) attached to it. She was so thrilled to have it. I bought two handbags in addition as gifts.
The time of reckoning came when I started packing for home. For the first time in my life I was scared that I might be having excess luggage. I do not want to spend my money for paying excess baggage charges to airlines. In all my trips in the past, the issue never raised its head. I would put my bag confidently on the weighing machine at the counter and not even give a glance to the numbers flashing up! In this trip it was 20.5. The nice lady at the Thai Airways counter said nothing to the extra .5 kg. But whenever I go next, I am going to take less stuff from home and shop more! And I can’t believe that I said it!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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