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Last month, a friend of mine went to Singapore for a couple of days to watch The Phantom of the Opera at the Marina Bay Sands. The trip was short and actually unplanned, she had to take out most of her savings to fund the trip, and naturally most of her friends (not including me, of course) thought that it was a big waste of money…

My friend, on the other hand, thought it was money well spent…

She is a big fan of classical operas (not exactly mainstream entertainment, right?) and for her, seeing such a famous musical live and in person is quite a big deal. So the whole trip (including a two night stay at the resort’s ultra-fancy hotel) was, for her, worth it for the one and a half hour or so spent watching The Phantom of the Opera.

This whole episode got me thinking about how we rate the ‘value’ of our vacations. More often than not it’s time spent away from home, number of tourist attractions visited, how many promotions we took advantage of, and so on, and so on. But really, now… where’s the fun in that? I mean, ‘fun’ is what vacations are all about—and if one single burst of fun can keep you happy and refreshed for months to come, then surely no price tag is too high, right?

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