This Sunday is Father’s Day in Australia – yes I know, we like to be different and have it on a different day to North America – but my Dad isn’t big on presents. He knows I’m half-way around the world, traveling on a budget. And I know that Canada Post is slower than a snail. So, a Skype kiss will have to do.
But considering Christmas will be here in no time, what’s the general consensus for sending gifts home?
I love to give presents. I enjoy seeing that first reaction when a gift is opened: be it positive, negative, surprise, bewilderment or ‘I knew it’. But buying gifts puts a big dent in the travel budget, especially at the merry time of Christmas when there are so many people to buy for.
I’ve been away from my family for Christmases before, but I was only traveling for short periods of time. But what happens now? When I don’t know when I’m going back?
I also have to take into consideration the size of my backpack, it’s only 35 liters. So it’s not like I can make up for it with accumulated treats and souvenirs from around the world. Sure I could post some stuff, but it’s expensive and adds up, and isn’t it the thought that counts?
For all of you nomads, long term-travelers and expats, What do you do? If you’re away at Christmas is it ‘too bad, so sad‘ or do you sacrifice your future travels to buy pressies?
I think I’ll stick with postcards this year… I’ll send one to the family home for everyone to skim through on Christmas Day. Is this just selfish of me? Or are gifts just a product of the materialistic world we live in? Or is that just a poor excuse to save time and money?