Money plays a big role in a dating relationship. It is especially difficult to navigate if you make a great salary and the one you are dating doesn’t. Even if you both make 8 figures a year, money can be a problem in relationships.
Here are the top tips to keep money from ruining your dating life:
1. Don’t Talk Specific Numbers
The person you are dating may have an idea that you are rich, but it’s better to not talk specific numbers...for a very long time. If things really do get serious, then you will need to have real conversations about your net worth and theirs for that matter. But, if you walk in the door proclaiming your yearly salary, you’re going to come off as arrogant.
Instead of trying to impress your date with your bank account, let them get to know who you truly are. Work to become real friends with each other and see if there is a bond between you before delving into one another’s financials.
2. Decide Who Will Pay For Dates Ahead of Time
To avoid the awkward moment when the waiter brings the check, decide ahead of time how you are going to pay for the date. Feel them out on what they expect. Even if you want to pay the full amount, let your date have the option to pitch in or cover the check completely. You both may decide that taking turns to pay for your time together is the best option.
If you are dating someone that isn’t as well off as you are, then you need to be sensitive to that. You can plan outings that are inexpensive or free. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat them to a luxurious weekend getaway from time to time. Just find the balance that will make you both feel comfortable.
3. Understand Their Attitude Towards Money
Ask probing questions to understand their attitude towards money, such as:
a. When did you get your first job? - If they have been working since they were very young, they likely believe everyone should work hard for their money. They were likely expected to work and help out around the house.
b. Are you a spender or a saver? - Spenders tend to make impulse buys, even if they regret the purchase later. Savers make calculated buying decision so that they have enough to cover all of their expenses.
c. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? - You’ll find out what their real priorities are by how they answer this question. Also, you will learn a lot about their character. People who are not as self-focused will always mention spending some of the money on others.
d. Where would you go if money was no concern? - This is a perfect way to learn where to whisk them away for a romantic destination. Also, it can give you insights into how they would manage your money if they had a chance.
e. What kinds of things do you give as gifts? - Here’s a way to find out how important gifts are to them. Also, you’ll learn how much they expect gifts to cost that is given to them.
During the early stages of dating, it’s so important to ask a lot of questions. It’s the only way to know if you and the other person have a connection.
4. Explain Your Attitude Towards Money
Don’t leave the conversation one-sided about money. You need to weave your ideas and attitude about money into conversations. In fact, you can take turns answering the questions above. They need to understand your thoughts about the subject so they aren’t blindsided by your actions. This is especially important if they aren’t aware of how much your net worth is.
5. Keep Your Money Separate
Unless you are ready to get married or have already tied the knot, it’s best to keep your money separate. In fact, many married couples stick with that arrangement after they get married because they developed those patterns during their dating relationship. You don’t need a significant other being involved in your financial decisions or business until they are ready to commit to you.
Money can be a big source of contention in couples. That’s why it is best to get a good understanding of how you both view money from the beginning. This will help you determine if they are going to be able to handle a life with a millionaire.
Whether you are looking for a romantic place to travel with your significant other, there are some romantic cities you should consider visiting. As a millionaire and the most eligible bachelor, you need a place that offers the luxuries you deserve. Romance your sweetheart with the beautiful sights and magnificent tastes each city has to offer.
Here are a few romantic cities you should consider:
1. San Francisco, California
Even though the city is thick with fog half the year, the sun beams brightly over the San Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate Bridge is a magnificent site from the hull of a ship or a seaside restaurant. It’s a place where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city or escape across the bridge to the quiet town of Sausalito to sip wine and walk to quaint shops.
2. Quebec City, Canada
Walk down cobblestone streets of Old Quebec and look out at 17th and 18th-century row houses. The town is full of history and wonderful sites. Eat at Le Pain Beni or take a carriage tour. Steal a kiss by the Montmorency Falls and listen to the birds fill the trails with song.
3. Rome, Italy
Rome is the epitome of romance. Lovers have been running away to the top of Via Giacinto Carini to be surrounded by the Alban Hills for decades. Take a selfie in front of the iconic Trevi Fountain. Visit the opera or watch ballet at Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
Enjoy the southern charm of sipping on a Mint Julep while sitting on the rooftop bar at the Vendue Inn. Charter a tour and cruise past Fort Sumter and look for dolphins jumping in the water. Saunter down the beach at Sullivan’s Island and let the water flow over your toes as your eyes survey the beautiful ocean.
5. San Sebastian, Spain
Bike your way across the landscape and visit historic buildings, the city’s porch and stop over at the beach. Sit on top of a two story bus and hop on and off at stops like Playa de la Concha beach, Miramar Palace and listen to the guide in your own language. Stay at the Plaza de la Constitucion and enjoy your morning espresso on the balcony.
6. Venice, Italy
Ride the gondolas through the Canal Grande and enjoy the colorful row houses that line the waterways. Book a special gondola ride that’s accompanied by musicians that serenade you with Italian ballads while you sip your red wine and dine on exquisite meals. Stare at the ceilings covered with beautiful masterpieces at Doge’s Palace. Soak in the sites of the Dolomite Mountains and enjoy the mountain air.
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
Take a steamboat ride across the Mississippi River and dance the night away to live jazz music. Enjoy Creole at the New Orleans Creole Cookery and wash it down with your favorite pint of beer. Experience all the Cajun country has to offer on a swamp boat adventure and stop off for lunch at one of the oldest plantations in the entire south. Get spooked on the New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour and walk through the French Quarter.
8. Oahu, Hawaii
Take your pick of romantic beaches in Oahu. Walk along Sunset Beach or Lanikai Beach with your lover in tow. Ride up to Tantalus Drive and peer out at Diamond Head. The city lights are brighter than a hundred stars in the sky. Watch dancers in long grass skirts share a piece of their culture at Paradise Cove Luau. Listen to the Waimea Waterfall and enjoy the views of the wildlife.
9. Kyoto, Japan
Visit a beautiful temple on the UNESCO list. Walk through historic neighborhoods and enjoy the quiet pace of the area. Take a full day tour into Nara and Kobe. Chow down on an all you can eat shabu shabu dinner or have traditional sushi at a hibachi grill. Enjoy an evening of elegance with live Japanese music and a Maiko dance performance.
10. Marrakech, Morocco
Stroll through the beautiful Majorelle Garden that was designed by Jacques Marjelle. Smell exotic plants and take pictures of open blooms. Visit the 12th century Menara Gardens and enjoy the views of the mountains. Drink in the sights of the Marrakech Museum that’s filled with Moroccan ceramic pieces and other contemporary art.
Luxury fashion is always changing — and it’s not just the looks that continue to evolve. Although you can expect a new set of trends every season, there are also huge changes in the way that we shop and engage with luxury brands. The demand of luxury shoppers are, rightfully, very high and the top companies and fashion houses are coming up with more and more creative ways to meet them. From luxury fashion that shows up at your door in no time to virtually augmented mirrors that let you get a virtual reality version of what an outfit would look like with a different hairstyle, 2018 has been full of exciting changes and updates.
So, if you’re a luxury shopper, how do these changes affect you? Well, you can start to expect more from your retail experience. Whether you want to buy online or visit your favorite upscale boutique, you should start to see things done a little differently. Here are the ways that luxury fashion is changing in 2018 — and what you can expect more of in the future.
Accessibility Has Gone Digital
One of the most convenient updates in luxury fashion is the digital shift. Not only has high fashion gone digital, with sites like Net-a-Porter continuing to deliver high-quality products, we’re seeing more creative partnerships. When Farfetch teamed up with Gucci, to offer 90 minute or less delivery in certain cities, it was a clear sign that we’re living in the future — and finding more ways to make luxury fashion accessible and convenient, for those who can afford it. Expect to keep seeing more online offerings, super-fast delivery, and new ways to get luxury fashion straight to your door.
Expect An Experience
If you do want to continue shopping at brick-and-mortar luxury stores, many of the top brands are now offering a total experience for their shoppers. Fred Segal wants you to find “an experience that isn’t replicated anywhere else”, with not only top fashion but music, food, and a place to hang out with your friends. Other companies are starting to use digital augmentation to let you visualize how an outfit would look with a different hairstyle or makeup look. Fashion is getting immersive, so you can start to expect a 360-degree experience every time you go shopping.
Personalization Continues To Flourish
More and more, people are using fashion to try to encapsulate their most authentic, unique selves. That no longer mean just finding a brand that represents your values, it means personalization. Bespoke shirts, made-on-order clothes like those of Misha Nonoo (check out her famous “husband” shirt worn by Meghan Markle), and tailored touches can make any outfit feel truly yours. If something isn’t perfect — why should you settle? Luxury fashion is about finding something that’s exactly right, rather than just OK.
Labels Aren't Everything
Especially among certain younger groups, conspicuous consumption is out. While through the 90s and the 00s big labels and luxury brand names ruled, many are now trending toward a more minimalist approach. Sure, you may be buying the best brands — but you don’t need to thrust it in everyone’s face. Sometimes, the real luxury is being able to afford a stunning piece of work that looks lovely, crisp, and clear, without being crowded by labels and logos. When you really have it, you don’t need to show it off.
Green Grows And Grows
Caring about the environment has gone from alternative hippy to ultimate chic, so you continue to see top brands being interested in sustainability with a luxury twist. From the fabrics they’re choosing, the manufacturing process, and even how they’re packaged and delivered, customers know that they deserve a transparent, green process for the prices their paying. Look for brands who are putting sustainability first — and expect them to be upfront about their processes.
Unique Partnerships Create Works Of Art
While at one point fashion houses used to feel very boxed in and companies went through an almost adversarial process, the more modern trend is for collaborations and crossovers. And the pieces that are resulting from these mashups can be totally jaw-dropping. Louis Vuitton joined with Jeff Koons for some truly unique pieces that feel more like family heirlooms than your traditional fashion. Alexander Wang x Judith Leiber created clutches that you could drool over — and Dolce and Gabbana even paired with Smeg, a luxury appliance company. Keep an eye out for unusual crossovers and you’ll never know what you’ll find.
Luxury shopping used to mean having a glass of champagne as you browsed in Paris or on 5th Avenue, but now it’s a completely different experience. From brand mashups that you should keep an eye out for to more sustainability and transparency in the process, as a luxury buyer you can start to expect more — so don’t be afraid to ask for it.
The world is full of luxurious travel destinations. From the gorgeous hotels of London or Dubai to the beaches of Tulum, there’s always a new destination that awaits you. But there’s one thing that’s often missing from even the most delightful travel experiences: privacy. Sure, it’s great to be in one of the most exciting cities or iconic locations, but sometimes you want something different. Sometimes, you just want to get away from it all.
But with a little insider knowledge and a little research, you can get a truly exclusive travel experience. One that takes you away from the crowds and lets you really get away. From the ultimate private beach experience to traveling to the farthest corners of the globe, there are so many amazing options that will appeal to both the adventurous and the relaxed traveler. Here are 10 of the most private luxury travel experiences you can find, because sometimes privacy is the real luxury.
You may think of Fiji as a stunning island, but it is actually made up of a series of 332 islands. Though they’re all beautiful, some of them provide for a more exclusive experience than others. The treehouses at the Matangi Private Island Resort come with private verandas and a chance to sleep in the treetops — in style, of course.
2. French Polynesia
A resort that you can only access by helicopter? That’s exactly what you get with The Brando. Named after its former owner (the Marlon Brando) to get to this luxury eco-lodge you have to fly to Tahiti, where a private helicopter will deliver you to the resort. Don't worry if it sounds like a hassle — once you’re there, it’s more than worth the wait.
Alaska might not seem like your number one choice for luxury, but if you do it right then you can get a totally unique upscale travel experience. With untouched nature all around, you'll get resplendent views like nowhere else. The Ultima Thule Lodge is 100 miles from the nearest road and set within 24 million acres of protected wilderness with gorgeous gardens and views you simply can't find anywhere else.
Take a page out of Prince Harry’s book and check out the gorgeous landscapes of Botswana. The Selinda Explorers Camp is a remote option where every luxury is thought of and taken care of. Set in a huge private woodland, expect lions, leopards, and elephants and a lot of classic safari style.
5. Easter Islands
The Easter Islands technically belong to Chile — but lie 2,300 miles away. And there aren’t any nearby neighbors — in fact, the nearest inhabited land is Pitcairn, which is over 1,200 miles away, so privacy isn't an issue. Because of its destination, it's perfect for a luxury traveler. It’s not a popular destination amount tourists, but the Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa will still deliver you a 5-star experience every step of the way.
If you want some stunning modern architecture in a remote setting, the floor-to-ceiling windows of Fogo Island Inn will give you everything you need. Plus, not one, but two rooftop saunas mean that you have a totally unrivaled opportunity for leaning back with a glass of champagne and looking at the stars.
Though the Maldives isn’t exactly a secret for a luxury traveler, it’s become so popular that they off some truly exclusive travel experiences on offer, if you know where to look. If you want unmatched beaches and clear water without the throngs of tourists, check out the Niyama private islands, perfect for really taking a break from it all.
8. Solomon Island
If you want to be surrounded by nothing but sea and islands, check out the Tavanipupu Island Resort. Only accessible by boat, this resort offers complimentary trips to other islands when you please — but with the beaches, food, and weather, you’ll probably just want to stay where you are.
9. The Galapagos Islands
If you have an extra $10,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket, you may want to consider the Galapagos Islands. Pikaia Lodge not only gives you the ultimate luxury travel experience, but you can also keep an eye out for the oldest living vertebrate — the infamous Galapagos tortoise that roams the islands.
10. The Swiss Alps
If you like your luxury travel experiences to feel a lot more active, consider an over-the-top stay in the Swiss Alps. Chalet Zermatt Peak has breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, combined with every amenity and luxury you could possibly think of. The Swiss know how to do relaxation right.
No matter what corner of the world you want to visit, there's a way to have a truly magical, luxury travel experience. So the next time your booking a romantic getaway or even just a solo jaunt, think beyond the well-trodden path. If you have the means and the know-how, you can find a exlusive, private travel experience — because isn't that what luxurious travel is all about?
As a millionaire with a luxury lifestyle, it’s easy to feel pulled in multiple directions. On the one hand, there’s always a new gadget, new product, new place to visit — but on the other the other hand, we are constantly hearing about the importance of mindfulness, unplugging, and taking care of your mental health. But how can you combine the two? In a world of luxury lifestyles it, it can be difficult to find a balance. So how can a luxury lifestyle still be mindful?
The good news is that it's completely possible to have the best in everything and still find time to unwind and feel treat you are. In fact, having the means to live life the way you want you can make all the difference and allow you to have a more mindful, relaxed lifestyle. The key is in how you approach it. So if you're a millionaire who wants to live their best life will still being mindful, this is what you need to keep in mind.
Remember That Class Is Timeless
Sure, there's always a new product out there. A new coat, a new watch, a new set of headphones — there's always something to grab your attention and it can be a little overwhelming. But remember the class is timeless. Rather than getting caught up in the frenzy of new products released every season — or even every week — focus on classic, well-made products that would last a lifetime. Think about Louis Vuitton luggage, a Girard-Perregaux watch, a Helmut Lang gown — all classic, all timeless. Plus there's nothing more desperate than somebody trying to create an identity out of material things. True luxury lifestyle means not having to chase the latest trend.
Focus on Experiences
To live a more mindful, rewarding luxury life you should focus you're spending on experiences rather than material things. Of course, it's great to treat yourself and the people you care about once in a while — and you should never stop yourself from getting some that you really want. That’s one of the benefits of being a millionaire, after all. But make sure that you're spending enough time experiencing life and allowing yourself room to unplug.
Traveling to new countries, trying new hobbies, even just a relaxing spa weekend can totally take you out of your comfort zone and let you truly unwind. Spend your money focusing on and spending time with the people that you love in a fabulous setting. And if you can ditch your phone for a while, even better.
Be Aware Of Sustainability
More and more, it's impossible to ignore the way they are lifestyles impact the world around us. Luckily, recycling and sustainable products have caught up with 21st Century – and are now completely compatible with a luxury lifestyle. Famous designers are producing sustainable lines, chic homeware now comes with a minimalist aesthetic — there are so many ways to incorporate sustainability into the cutting-edge lifestyle. And the benefits aren’t just for the planet — they’re for your health. An uncluttered space, sustainable options, and the sense that you're doing the right thing — all of that leads to a clear, healthy mind that will allow you to be in the moment and really engage with your lifestyle.
Use Technology To Help You Streamline
The latest phones and smartwatches, the best fitness tracker, the surround-sound speakers in your home, they're all amazing, often very sexy, products — but they can take over your life. It’s easy to find that products meant to enhance our existence actually can become cumbersome. You receive text messages in four different places, your phone rings in every room of your house — that doesn’t always feel very luxurious. Luckily, the top technology brands are starting to understand the need for mindfulness in unplugging. So have the best watch, but also know how you can pause your inbox and not be interrupted when you go for a run. Get the latest iPhone and laptop, but turn off the push notifications when you’re with your family. Luxury lifestyles are about getting exactly what you need from life – and that's not always being plugged in. Sometimes, taking a step back is the biggest luxury of all.
It's easy to think that a luxury lifestyle is all about having the latest, greatest thing all the time — but take one look at a classic Coco Chanel design or a mid-century design classic and you’ll know that's not the case. Having the income to live the luxury lifestyle you want to live is an amazing thing — and you can use it to make your life more mindful, more sustainable. So instead of chasing the trends and plugging into every bit of new technology, try to streamline your way into mindfulness, headspace, quality time, and relaxation. That's real luxury.