Unfortunately, 60k is not a lot of money for even one person in some areas of the country. I pay more than half that amount in rent alone.
It’s good that you are budgeting ahead of time, though I guess I am confused by the tone of the article. Do you feel like you were able to travel and spend money more freely last year? Do you feel like your dollar just isn’t going as far this year? I would imagine that if you had made a similar amount of money last year, and your lifestyle did not change drastically, your own financial situation should not be that surprising to you.