Traveling with a romantic partner can be extremely rewarding. Traveling with a partner who makes significantly more money than you, however, can lead to disaster — if you don’t steel yourself for awkwardness and have a frank budget discussion beforehand.
In a recent Reddit post in the subreddit AITA (which stands for Am I The Asshole and is a place for people to be publicly judged on their actions), travel finances take center stage. An IT consultant making $150,000 took his girlfriend of two years on a family vacation. His girlfriend is a teacher making $45,000, and he describes his family as “pretty affluent,” which seems to be, from the perspective of a writer who doesn’t come from such a background, a term only the upper crust of the upper-upper-upper-middle class would self-identify with. Those “pretty affluent” people planned the trip, but he doesn’t reveal where the trip took place.