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We all strive for luxury in our life, and especially in today’s age of social media, where we’re so prone to comparing our lives to other people’s, it can be quite disheartening when we think we fall short.

But the problem with social media is that it’s so easy to create a fake reality, and only show glimpses of someone’s actual life. It can really quickly become destructive, and trick us into thinking that luxury is about champagne, private jets, and vacationing in the Maldives.

Luxury is actually about quality, and living your best possible life. It is often more a mindset than something you can drink, something you can touch, or having the shiniest bling; luxurious living is a feeling. 

So, with that in mind, the following are four tips for living a more luxurious life.

Tips for Living a Luxurious Life

Stop Overloading Yourself With Responsibilities

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Living a luxuriously is often about simplicity. It doesn’t involve stress, or having your schedule so packed that you can’t enjoy any of your routines, or stop to take a vacation.

So the first step to living luxuriously is to stop overloading yourself with responsibilities. Most of us make the mistake of raising the bar unnecessarily and just keep committing to things, even though we know that we already have a lot on our plate.

What happens is our energy and focus are diverted to issues that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Yes, you want to meet personal goals, achieve success in your career, and give your kids every opportunity, but life should be about balance.

In overloading on the commitments and responsibilities we tent to only create more problems for ourselves. Start by eliminating your financial stressors (things you’re spending on but don’t need), and then by eliminating time sucking activities that add no real value to your everyday.

Time is largely the key to living luxuriously. When you have time you can savor the flavor of food, read a book, and take vacations.

Invest in Quality, Not Quantity

Investing in luxury items has its own level of satisfaction, though you often don’t need to invest in a tonne of unnecessary things; once again, the key to living luxuriously is simplicity.

Invest in a couple of key, quality items that are going to last. It’s often actually cheaper investing $600 in a leather backpack than it is replacing a $100 backpack every year for 10 years. So you’re not only upgrading, but saving money in the long run.

Get rid of everything you have that doesn’t make you feel amazing. Living luxuriously is often more a mindset than actual material goods. If it makes you feel a million dollars, that’s what you should invest in.

Ideas: Buy fluffy towels for the bathroom, buy high quality sheets for your bed, buy fresh flowers for the house every now and then. Luxury doesn’t have to cost a fortune, it’s often a mindset.

Travel (Take a Vacation)

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Travel is a luxury that most people wish they had more of in their life, so if you’re craving a more luxurious lifestyle, make sure you take time out to travel.

Even if you don’t have a lot of money, there are many ways you can travel luxuriously on the cheap. You can buy flights on points, ask for a free upgrade (it never hurts to ask!), traveling during off season, or live it up in cheap destinations – we got a one bedroom apartment at the Ritz in Bolivia for $70 a night!

But it’s often not about 5 star hotels or business class flights that makes traveling luxurious – travel itself is the luxury. Once again, it’s all about the mindset; you might be traveling on a budget, but just being in destinations like Paris, Rome and Venice has a luxurious atmosphere.

Travel also does wonders for your mental health, and even if you’re only going for an overnight staycation in your own city, or a short weekend getaway, this can significantly alter your mood and make you feel as though your living luxuriously.

Invest (Time) in Your Loved Ones

Happy relationships are key to sustaining a luxurious lifestyle, so make sure you’re making a real effort to stay in touch with the key people in your life; if you’ve fallen out of touch, reach out and try to reconnect.

Friends and family are one of those things that money can’t buy, so for this you’ll have to invest your time. Healthy relationships contribute to overall satisfaction and quality of life, so make sure you don’t let these fall by the wayside.

Call someone for their birthday instead of sending a social media message. Or call them just to say hi. If you don’t know what to say because it’s been a long time, something like “Hi, I’ve missed talking to you and would love to hear how you’re doing” is a great way to break the ice.

You might even want to vacation with your loved ones and create invaluable memories.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



  1. I agree with you. Luxury is not having all the materials things in life and it’s not only for the rich. It is a feeling and mindset. You can be luxurious in your own way and you don’t have to compare it with others.

    • Absolutely, and I think in being a mindset, luxury also means different things to different people. So it’s really tough to try and define it into a box, because it’s often not black and white and greatly varies depending on the person and the context.

      Thanks for your comment Jhoei :)

  2. What a fantastic article, Meg! Thank you! :)

    • Thanks Roxana, so glad you enjoyed it! :)

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