Hobbies are one of life's greatest joys. Everyone should find something they can do in their spare time that's fun, relaxing, or suitable for one's mental health. Of course, the practical side of life means that some hobbies can only be enjoyed by those who can afford them. On an online forum, people discuss the hobbies they believe are only for the wealthy.
1. Sailing and Yachting
Sailing and yachting are hobbies that scream wealth. Most people who enjoy this sport own boats and yachts themselves, which are incredibly expensive on their own. But many other expenses are also involved, such as docking and marina fees, upkeep of the vessel, and hiring of captains and crew if it's a large super yacht.
Polo is an activity typically associated with country clubs and other affluent groups. The sport, which involves hitting a ball with a long mallet into a goal while riding a horse, isn't exactly mainstream. One reason is that it's pricey to play because having multiple horses on hand is necessary. One user shares, “I heard a polo player once complain that not many young people played the sport. He said: ‘You only need five horses; your parents can buy them.' I haven't heard someone that out of touch with reality often.”
3. Home Media Rooms
Home media rooms, game rooms, and similar spaces in our homes may not only be for the super-wealthy but still require a lot of money. I'm sure most would love a home theater in their house, but that's a pipe dream for most. Having a space with a pool table, air hockey, and arcade games may seem more attainable. But let's face the facts. It's still for the upper class with homes large enough to accommodate such a space and hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars to spend on the games.
4. Art Collecting
What is considered art is in the eye of the beholder. It's possible to purchase art you love without breaking the bank, but suppose we're discussing art collecting as a hobby. In that case, this refers to classic or fine art from well-known or legendary artists. Only the wealthy could hope to have a collection including artists like Picasso, Warhol, Rockwell, Monet, or Pollack.
It's true that skiing isn't an unattainable hobby for anyone. But to indulge to any significant degree does require money. Additionally, you don't typically see those struggling financially at fancy ski resorts. It's usually those with no financial woes.
6. High-End Auctions
As someone who lives on a budget, it isn't easy to imagine attending high-end auctions like Sotheby's and Christie's as a potential hobby. But some affluent community members frequent these events, often bidding on the items. Someone acknowledges, “Nothing says ‘excess wealth' like paying six figures for an antique salt shaker to add to your already inexplicably large collection of antique salt shakers.” It's the buying of things we don't need that only the wealthiest can do.
Horseback riding varies in price, and if you own your horse, it gets pricey. But equestrianism is a whole other ball game. The competitions require owning a horse, equipment, several uniforms, and possibly hiring coaches and trainers.
If you dream of becoming a pilot but are not rich, there are ways to make this come true, but none of those involves taking up flying as a hobby. Lessons may be reasonable, but owning a plane is necessary if you're serious — and there's nothing reasonably priced about airplanes. One individual notes, “Small executive jets can run 10 to 20 million dollars.”
9. Lego Sets
If you think that Legos are an inexpensive hobby to take up, you are only partially correct. If you buy smaller sets, you won't be spending too much. But if you're an avid collector buying sets constantly, huge ones, that money adds up fast. Some pricey sets include a Hogwarts Castle for $470, the Eiffel Tower for $630, and Millennium Falcon for $815. Collecting these all the time is not for the average person.
10. Fancy Self-Care
Self-care is something most would love to indulge in. But practically speaking, this is only for the wealthy. One person mentions things such as massages, facials, and even Botox. All of these things are great if you can afford them. But maintaining such practices costs a lot of money.
It's fun to entertain, throw parties, and have get-togethers in or outside the home. Once in a while may not break the bank. But doing this regularly is only for the rich. Buying the food and decorations yourself is undoubtedly cheaper. Still, that amount runs high if it's a constant array of parties. Frequent parties with caterers, party planners, and staff will also cost a pretty penny. I think of the women who do this incessantly on The Real Housewives — it's only for people like them.
12. Wine Collecting
Enjoying a glass or bottle of wine from time to time generally won't hurt the budget. But wine collecting is another story. People who enjoy this usually have a place to store their collection, like a wine cellar. The most avid collectors search for specific years and types and could spend thousands on a single bottle. Let's hope the taste is worth the price.
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