Have you been thinking about traveling around the world?
Many readers would like to travel but are often held back by something. This could be expensive rent, too many subscriptions, or tanning services that are killing the wallet.
Tanning beds are killing your wallet and now YOU according to an interesting study that claims that that sunbeds are as harmful as cigarettes. The analogy was that sun tanning beds are to skin cancer what cigarettes are to lung cancer. This may seem like an irrelevant concept but the truth of the matter is that many 20 somethings use tanning salons. To be honest, I have used a tanning salon in the past prior to going away to a warm country in the winter. My thinking was that I need some sort of a base tan before my white skin went into the boiling sun.
After I read the study I decided to conduct some research and check out some of the prices of using the services of a tanning salon. It seems that the average price in my area for one tan is $8 (no time or exposure limits) or $75 a month for unlimited tanning.
After looking at these numbers I instantly thought about what else one could do with that money. There are many other ways to spend your money. After a few minutes I came up with some thoughts on tanning salons and why this money would be better utilized through many other ways:
Instead of tanning you can travel the world.
When I thought about the money you could save by not tanning I instantly thought of my favorite activity of traveling the world.
$75 a month can be socked away into your personal savings account and used towards traveling to interesting destinations every year. Yes $75 a month equals $900 a year which you may think is not a whole lot, but if you search for deals online and are flexible with your travel schedule you could easily find a trip. Worst case scenario would mean that you add an extra couple hundred dollars if you want to choose a more expensive vacation option.
Tanning beds will never be the same as a beach in Thailand.
If you managed to curb your tanning bed spending and put that money towards traveling, you could visit some very exotic destinations around the world, with beaches that could blow your mind. Last fall when I was I was rigorously saving money and working hard to finish my college semester, the only thing I needed to get me through the late night study sessions was looking at pictures of the beach at the resort in the Dominican Republic. You could spend tons of money and lay in tanning beds every single day so that you have a year round tan but you will never grasp the priceless experiences that come with traveling.
Traveling will give you more than just a tan.
If you choose to travel down south and visit a warm country then you will definitely get a nice tan plus a great culture experience. It’s great to have a tan all year round but it’s great to see how people live in different places across the planet. It really helps you appreciate what you have when you see the living conditions in a third world country.
What are your thoughts on this whole new study proving that tanning beds cause skin cancer? How would you rather spend the money? Are you a fan of travelling around the world?