Our Seven Day Trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Day 7


After sharing my Punta Cana trip summary on Facebook, I realized that it was something that my readers may enjoy. There are a lot of lessons in life and personal finance that I learned on my seven day trip to Punta Cana with my eleven-year-old son, so I figured I’d share it. I hope you enjoy this summary. The last link in the post takes you to my personal Facebook photo album where the pictures that illustrate the trip are hosted.

Freedom is Life’s Greatest Pleasure

And with the end of day 7, our vacation came to an end. We made the best out of it by first enjoying breakfast, and then splitting two hours between the beach and the pool. Once we made it poolside, we played a quick game of pool soccer and then had a celebratory dance off (video to come).

We then showered, packed up, and walked the 20 minutes from our room to the front lobby where our transportation to the airport was awaiting us.

At the airport, we stood in line (check-in, security screening, and then customs) for about an hour in a half. The valuable lesson that I taught my son, which I hope he continues to apply in his life, was that the hour in a half was relatively insignificant if we compared it to our lifetime. But more relatable, I taught him that the hour in a half paled in comparison to the last 7 days we enjoyed in the sun. He quickly grasped the concept and stopped complaining.

Eventually, we made it through, had Wendy’s at $9 per value meal, and boarded our plan back to reality.

My best lesson I learned on this trip: Freedom is life’s greatest pleasure.

Surely there were hundreds of other lessons I learned but, the freedom of choice is the one that I reflected on the most. I’m now motivated more than ever to get this message out to others.

The power to leave one’s job because, after all,  it’s only money” was made evident by Punta Cana Mike’s story (http://www.puntacanamike.com/aboutpcmike.htm). He left his shitty car salesman’s job, divorced his wife but remained friends with her, sailed to Cuba with $4,000 in his pocket, and later ended up running a successful tourist business in Punta Cana.

The power to save a shit ton of money was made evident by the wage gap that exists between America’s minimum wage system and the minimum wage of those who work in Punta Cana, with the average wage of an airport worker, who works 12 hours a day, being $280 USD.

Given these two examples alone, if we can’t find happiness and success in America, clearly, we are doing something wrong.

Too many Americans are slaves to their jobs for one reason or another, and they are miserable.  They don’t realize the power of choice they possess and all it takes is a change of reference–the way they think about happiness and money. They’d rather purchase things, though, which keeps them in bondage, instead of purchasing their freedom. Maybe they just don’t know how to do it, which is why I’m writing my current book. Stay tuned.

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2 comments on “Our Seven Day Trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Day 7
  1. I agree. I often wonder….if people hate their jobs so much, why the hell are they still in them? My #1 goal right now is to become totally location independent. If I could be writing this comment from Punta Cana right now, I’d do it!

    • That’s the aim for me, too, Joe.

      To answer your first question, I guess it’s different for everyone. My approach will be to at least give a practical option of how to leave. Whether they do it or not is on them. Thanks for stopping by.

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