Gao Bohan wrote:dnwolfgang wrote:Could be any of number of reasons. Could have been the 1 big vacation every 2 or 3 years (1 long trip is cheaper than 2 short ones because you reduce plane ticket costs!), they could be living on an expat package, they could have their parents partially pay for it, they could spend a big portion of their income on vacations, or maybe they just make a little bit more than you... Think about this, if somebody makes $5,000 US more than you per year, that's an entire extravagant vacation they can afford EVERY YEAR and still live like you. It's really not that hard to imagine to be honest. These numbers look big if you look at them in 1 big chunk, but if you average it out over a year or two it's not as insane as some people like to think it is.
Did you read my posts? I calculated the savings that need to be accumulated within a year to make a single trip in the same year, based on average earnings reported by numerous posters. Again, I am assuming a foreign teacher's salary for single income families and the addition of the average Taiwanese worker's salary for dual income families. It would take a very aggressive saving program, saving 50% of gross (>50% net) for 5-8 months to make a single trip. Your other points are well taken. An IP lawyer or highly specialized engineer at a multinational making $150,000-$200,000 USD doesn't care if he drops $7000 USD on a trip back home. Or anyone on an expat package that includes airfare back home or wherever. But most posters here are either English teachers, editors, or technical writers, and it's their stated salaries on which I'm making my assumptions. And many of these good folks lament their lack of savings. In any event, I personally find it helpful to look at the numbers, so I thought I'd share in case others do as well.
I did read your posts but I think you can see by the math that a family of 4 on a teacher's salary are not taking extravagant yearly trips. I think you're taking a bunch of pieces and putting them together wrongly and arriving at some false conclusions. It's like thinking "Everybody else has had more sex than me". My point is that, while the family on 4 on 55NT/mo is not, what if they both work and 1 is an engineer with some experience, now you have 55+75 = 130K NT$/mo and THAT family can take a nice vacation every once in a while. In my case, my wife and I are both engineers and no kids, even more money to play with for vacations.