The more expensive, the less exciting

Why? Because the expensive stuff is planned out.

I mean, think about it. The more money you spend on something, the more you’ll plan it. You’re trying to make sure it’s good. You or whoever sets it up wants it to be perfect.

For instance…

  • Going on a luxury cruise to Alaska
  • Eating a seven course meal
  • Seeing a Broadway show
  • Staying in a penthouse apartment

Contrast those with these:

  • Randomly riding your motorcycle to Alaska
  • Eating the most exotic food you can get at a foreign restaurant
  • Doing an improv show on the street
  • Couch surfing

That first group might be wonderful. Don’t get me wrong. In terms of pure excitement, though, I think the second group wins.

Excitement is all about heightened emotions. The more money you pay, the more you’ll play it safe. You don’t want to risk messing it up. So the emotions might run high in the planning but then not so much in the moment. And with the emotions goes the excitement.

If you’re like me, naturally skewed toward equating excitement with pleasure, you might find that the less expensive stuff is more fun.