I always knew that I wanted our honeymoon to be unforgettable. My wife and I were thinking about doing a safari, and when we went out with a few married friends and told them, they said, “That sounds awesome!”
Then one of them said, “We had an amazing honeymoon. We decided to take 6 months off.”
Another one said, “Us too. We took a year off and traveled before we had kids.”
Cass and I looked at each other like they were speaking Martian. Six months? A YEAR? Who are these people?
But as we left and took a cab home, we couldn’t stop thinking about what they’d said.
In true American style, we’d automatically assumed we would take a 7- or 10-day honeymoon. But what if we decided to go for longer?
What if we decided to do something totally different?
We’re both entrepreneurs. We can afford it. So what would our Rich Life look like?
I’ve been sharing my honeymoon on my Instagram stories.
Now I’d like to share them with you here.
- We’d invite our parents to part of our honeymoon. Our parents gave everything they had to their kids. Now, it was our turn to treat them. We wanted to treat them to a luxury experience — no worrying about kids or planning or cost.
- We wanted to combine luxury and culture — we love food, design & beauty, and culture.
- We’d take a long honeymoon — 6 weeks — to be leisurely and have time to experience everything across 4 countries and 3 continents.
Along the way, the amazing IWT team has kept everything running and growing. I cannot thank them enough. This is the beauty of building a Rich Life.
And also …
So, first up: Italy! And you all know what Italy is best known for …
Cass and I took a pizza-making class together.
We also took a pasta-making class and were surprised by how simple the ingredients were (especially my mom, who is used to cooking Indian food, which has a ton of spices).
I once made scrambled eggs, so this was my chance to show off my cooking skills (I can dream, right?). Behold:
Look at our fancy presentation!
Still … more food …
You can see more honeymoon videos on my Instagram stories
Overall, we LOVE taking food tours. Cass and I try to take special food tours whenever we travel because we get to sample things we otherwise wouldn’t have tried ourselves.
YES! This is exactly the mentality I hold about abundance — like when I order appetizers WITH my entrees — and it’s that kind of mindset that enables me to live MY Rich Life.
Another thing to know about food culture in Italy is that they take their coffee VERY seriously…
Let’s move on to one of my favorite parts about traveling …
We hired a private tour guide, an art history expert, to get us into the Vatican early. It was a totally eye-opening experience to learn what we were seeing (and not just walk by these amazing pieces of art).
We opted to take a tour with a skilled tour guide, who was incredible! She gave us a rich perspective on what we were seeing. (Highly recommend this if learning as much as you can about culture is important in your travel to Italy!)
I see things have changed very little since 16 B.C.
Our parents’ experience of it (and Italy in general) with us:
What an unforgettable memory.
I don’t think you need me to tell you this, but I will say it anyway: Italy is BREATHTAKING.
I present to you our marriage in a nutshell:
We learned how to make gelato:
SO BEAUTIFUL (and delicious).
One thing about Cass is that she’s a stylist by profession, so of course we had to explore another aspect that Italy is best known for: Fashion.
Brunello Cucinelli is my favorite brand. They’ve created an amazing culture and amazing clothing (they’re known for their cashmere).
I’m a sucker for details. As a CEO of a company myself, I love to observe how some of the very best in the world lead, and one of the things I noticed was how well Cucinelli treated his employees. Cucinelli insists that his employees stop working at 5:30 p.m. He also provides free lunch every day in the canteen. And also:
It was an amazing experience overall, learning about where and how they craft their clothing.
The tour and clothes from Cucinelli are worth every penny, and I am HAPPY to pay for value and for things I love.
If you enjoyed this, I’ll be continuing my Honeymoon Diaries in Africa next. You can also follow along in real time with my slices of living a Rich Life on Instagram (@ramit).
One of my goals is to show you that you can live your Rich Life — in any way that YOU want to define it. For me, it was traveling to Italy or Japan (which I also LOVED and chronicled my adventures here) to share amazing culinary experiences and learn about culture in a whole new way with loved ones. A Rich Life may be something totally different for you, and that’s great. It’s one of the many beautiful ways that make us interesting.
Let me know what you think by posting a comment below or DM’ing me on Instagram (@ramit).