I saw a great article in the Wall Street Journal today about priorities. The “Yoder & Son” column (a weekly feature about personal finances from the point of view of a father and son) talked about their Christmas vacation in Slovakia this year, and whether they should have held back from this kind of spending, given the economy.

It’s the kind of question I see clients asking themselves all the time right now, and I think Stephen and Isaac Yoder sum it up nicely when they talk about priorities — it may not be important to spend money on “things” right now (expensive cars, fashion, etc.) but it’s still very important to them to invest in experiences.

What lesson is Isaac learning from this profligacy? I hope it’s that the world is too fascinating a place to miss, and that the lessons lost by staying home are often too pricey. I hope he has learned that it’s possible to live beneath your means and yet make whopping exceptions like this trips — when those exceptions pay back in immeasurable ways.

I couldn’t agree more! Even in an economy like this, I’ll never second-guess money spent on building memories with my family.

You provided excellent guidance for us. I appreciated that you really had us think about what was most important to us when we were selecting the right cruise – and not to totally focus on what other people had to say. THANK YOU for helping to make this a memorable trip for our family! It really was a trip of a lifetime!

Clare and Mark (family cruise to Alaska)

The level of service we experienced was out of this world (and we did NOT make it easy on Ann). We weren’t quite sure where we wanted to go, when we would be able to go, or what “vibe” we were going for. After asking us some key questions (what we liked, didn’t like, why, etc.) Ann helped us narrow down our trip details and planned the honeymoon of our dreams. She helped book some of our excursions, answered some emergency questions while abroad and was always available/willing to help. I think it’s safe to say we won’t be using anyone else for future travel planning – Ann is a rockstar!

Carli (Italy and Spain)