What’s your name, where are you from, and share a little about your mom or dad.
I'm Kaylene from just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. My mom is kind and a true delight to be around. She introduced me to traveling from a young age. She often traveled with me for tennis tournaments when I was younger, and now we travel for leisure.
How often do you travel together?
My mom and I do a couple trips together a year. We've visited Savannah, Georgia and NYC so far this year and are currently looking at planning a trip to Hawaii in December. We've now been to over 20 US states together.
Best tip or words of advice for traveling with parents?
Relax and have fun! It's a great opportunity to get some real bonding time.
Any funny stories or light-hearted blunders?
Riding in a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park had been on my mom's bucket list for a long time, so when we made it to NYC for the first time, we did just that. She imagined it being magical and peaceful. However, our "driver" cursed every other word, refused to take us through much of the park, and spent the ride telling us what movies weren't filmed in Central Park, like Madagascar. Needless to say, it was nothing like my mom expected.
What are your favorite activities on vacation together?
Eating delicious food! We always like scoping out the best places to eat where ever we go.
What places are on your shared bucket list?
We both dream of going to Greece and the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY. We've also been talking about going to Hawaii for about five years or so (my parents used to live there).
Planes, trains, or automobiles?
Automobiles! We love road trips. Flying is great for when we're traveling farther distances, but driving can give you more flexibility.
Any notable or unique culinary experiences?
I remember the first time having fondue at a restaurant. My mom and I were in Florida. We started the evening off with dipping bread and veggies into cheese. Then, we cooked small pieces of a selection of meats at our table with a variety of sauces. We finished the dining experience with delicious chocolate fondue. It was such a fun, interactive dining experience. Now, I make a point to find cheese fondue restaurants when traveling to different places.
Do you have a favorite travel memory that encapsulates your parent’s spirit?
When we were growing up, my brother and I were playing a tennis tournament in December in Scottsdale, Arizona. We had some free time so we wanted to do a bit of sightseeing. Originally we wanted to take a road trip up to the Grand Canyon but threats of snowy and icy weather stopped us from doing that. So my mom came up with a backup plan, a trip to Sedona, Arizona - which to this day is still one of my favorite places I've ever been to and where I remember realizing how cool traveling can be. My mom and I even went back two and a half years ago.
What do you cherish the most about your travels together?
We have a great time doing pretty much anything. It's nice just relaxing in new destinations, getting away from work and stress and the everyday grind.