Kobi Rogers, the 25 year-old experience junkie, reckons she’s spent about $80,000 over the past five years on a string of life adventures. To some of us, that’s equivalent to two house deposits, possibly four cars, a considerable amount of compound interest on a savings account or a nice share portfolio and a simple holiday in the tropics.
But for Kobi, her life is about accumulating life experiences and it’s not about getting caught up in an expensive property market out of fear of missing out.
And she’s not alone, research shows a drop in the number of first home buyers entering the national property market.
“No I don’t own any assets. I don’t really value assets over experience at this stage in my life. I love being a free spirit travelling around the world in the search of the next big adventure.”
By working to live, instead of living to work, Kobi’s list of travel destinations is one to be envied.
“I’ve been to a lot of places in the past 5 years mainly doing ski seasons in Australia (6 at Mt Hotham), Canada (2 at Big White) and Japan (1 at Niseko). Whilst doing seasons in Canada I was able to travel all over British Colombia and check out Hawaii for a few days. I have done a few scuba diving trips in-between my snow season where I went to Palau, Truk Lagoon or Chuuk Lagoon (as the locals call it) and Malapascua (Philippines).”
“I know ski seasons will be my life for the foreseeable future so buying a house near a mountain I love isn’t off the table. One day I will buy a house but for now I am having way to much fun changing locations every 6 months.”
Kobi’s advice to anyone debating whether to invest in financial assets or life experiences is simple:
“I know I had no idea what I was going to do once I finished school then a friend suggested I give a ski season a go. I have travelled to places I thought I could only dream about and made lifelong friends whilst learning so much about myself.”