Imagine that a friend of yours has been given a sum of money and plans to spend it all either to buy an automobiles, or to take a vacation. If your friend asked you for advice, what would you say? Compare these two options and explain which one you think is better for your friend. Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.
My own decision would most likely be to take the vacation. A vacation could have both short-term and long-term benefits. Its immediate benefits include relaxation and relief from stress. There are interesting places to visit and beautiful things to be seen, both in one’s own country and abroad. Tour packages offered by travel companies can make foreign travel inexpensive. safe, and enjoyable. Moreover, while abroad, one can gather information and obtain perspectives which may be available nowhere else.
For example, my own travels to other countries have shown me what a pleasant change life in another country can provide. Seoul is safer than Washington, D.C. – so much safer, indeed, that I have chosen to remain in Seoul for the time being. One American writer I know visited the Canary Islands, found that environment much more agreeable than America, and stayed in the islands for an extended visit.
On the other hand, the car could be used for years and would provide convenience of movement over a wide area, but the advantages of a private car would be limited. Also, driving is one of the most stressful activities in daily life. Add to these considerations the long-term expenses of owning and operating a car, from insurance and fuel to repairs and parking fees, and to buy a car does not appear the more attractive option.
Therefore, I would recommend investing in a vacation rather than in a new car. A trip to another country might reveal opportunities one has never even imagined. Such discoveries would supply a better return on investment than a car, and the travel itself would be enjoyable.