What is Extravagant When Living Overseas?

I have lived a variety of lifestyles, living and traveling both in the US and overseas. I’d never say I’m frugal but I certainly wouldn’t call myself extravagant either. I live a good lifestyle, living in a beautiful rental home with a yard for my dog. I rent a long term car, I travel on some of my vacations and I work on being debt free.

Defining Extravagant

I was on a local bus a few months ago talking to two colleagues. We were talking about how much Starbucks costs in Hungary and I mentioned how much I love Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes. I continued with the fact that I usually visit Starbucks once a week and always get my favorite drink. One colleague looked at me in horror. She went on to say she thought that was extravagant when there are many cheaper places to get a coffee in Budapest.

Starbucks VS Coach Purses
I don’t drink coffee, and Chai Tea Lattes are difficult to come by in Hungary. Even if they were plentiful, I found the comment surprising. Spending $4.80 US a week was extravagant in someones eyes? If I was buying Coach purses reguarly, costing $200-$400 US as some of my friends in the US did I would agree that was extravagant, but a weekly Starbucks? Later I sat down and did the math. One grande Chai Tea Latte every week for a year at 1,150 ft = $4.80 US totals $249.60 a year. Yes, there are many things to do with $249 US, but what is the point of working hard if you can’t enjoy your life?

Iced Chai Tea Latte

It’s All in Your Perspective
In my eyes a visit to Starbucks is a small pleasure. It’s a half hour where I can wind down after a long week. It’s a familiar piece of HOME. It’s a place I love, no matter how commerical and western that sounds. To me, comfort and small pleasures are not extravagant, they are necessary. Life overseas is challenging.

, When you are learning how to live in another country it’s time consuming and at times tiring. It’s nice to know there is a little piece of home at the end of a week. What are your little pleasures? How do you define extravagant?

I Won’t Let Go

Today I was reminded of my father. Last July I woke from a dream and I felt my father’s support surrounding me and I heard the words from the song I Won’t Let Go. Today just as I finished praying about something important in my life I turned on the radio in the car and this song began to play. There are no coincidences, that was a divine moment of love and support and I’m grateful. May you feel the divine love and support of someone you love who has passed on. I wish you a moment as beautiful as mine, an unexpected moment of support. Take a minute and watch this Rascal Flatts video of I Won’t Let Go. It’s very moving.

You’re not alone, I will stand by you I will see you through. You’re not alone, you’re not on your own, you’re not alone. I will stand by you, I will help you through. When you have done all you can do and you can’t cope I will dry your eyes, I will fight your fight, I won’t let you go, I won’t let you go. No I won’t let you go.

Photo of the Day: Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

One of my favorite spots in the St Petersburg/Clearwater area is Indian Rocks Beach. I always feel a sense of peace when I see this view.

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Sunset Surf, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Honeymoon Island

For many years Honeymoon Island has been a favorite of mine. Honeymoon island is a Florida state beach park which requires admission and offers kayak rentals, a nature center and a dog beach.

The park also provides access to the Caladesi ferry, which departs several times daily. Admission to the park is $4 per single occupant vehicles, $8 for a vehicle with up to eight people and $2 for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Along with great beaches, you will find a small cafe/gift shop which sells beach snacks, tee shirts and sunscreen. Dogs are allowed at the Honeymoon Island dog beach and are also allowed on hiking trails when properly leashed. *Of note, the current can be strong at Honeymoon Island and care should be taken if signs are posted.

Caladesi Island

The Caladesi ferry is a separate admission fee. The ferry to Caladesi Island is $14 for adults and $7 for children, this price is for a round trip excursion.

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Seagulls at Honeymoon Island

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A child playing in the surf at Honeymoon island.

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A panoramic view of Honeymoon Island