What’s your name, where are you from, and share a little about your mom or dad.
Erin Marie Musich, New Jersey. My mom is a first-generation American, as her parents were born in Ireland. As a child, she would spend her summers living in Ireland and as a toddler, her family even moved back for a bit. While her travel throughout Ireland was relatively extensive, she had barely scratched the surface on the rest of the world. After a big European trip back in 2006, my mom is hooked on travel and her and my dad go away each summer for a few weeks. They've broadened their horizons and have even added Cambodia and Vietnam to their bucket list. I'm so amazed watching them fall in love with the world as I have!
How often do you travel together?
Not as often as I'd like. Two years ago, I took her on a winter weekend getaway to Saugerties, New York and last May, we went to France together on a Viking River Cruise.
Best tip or words of advice for traveling with parents?
Patience. Our parents aren't our average travel partners and we have a long history with them. Sometimes things may not always go as planned, but it's important to remember who we are with and what special memories we are making together.
Any funny stories or light-hearted blunders?
Probably just the fact that my mom is more fun to travel with than I am. When I took her on the Viking River Cruise, she made friends with everyone on board. It was like she didn't even need me!
What are your favorite activities on vacation together?
We really like to drink together, which is a bit funny, I guess. But, to us there's nothing better than sitting in a beautiful place and enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine together.
What places are on your shared bucket list?
The fjords in Norway.
Planes, trains, or automobiles?
I think we both like it all! Mom likes planes a little more than I do.
Any notable or unique culinary experiences?
We had two cooking classes together in France and that was really fun. My mom has always been in charge in the kitchen, so we rarely work together in that way. It was extra fun to play around in the kitchen together. We made pastries, which was out of my mom's comfort zone, so it was interesting to see her in that light too.
Do you have a favorite travel memory that encapsulates your parent’s spirit?
My mom has always embraced and encouraged my free-spirited nature, which I appreciate. She's a little more scheduled and put together, but as a child, she'd constantly surprise us with little travel trips. One that sticks out is when I was little and my cousin and I thought we were looking at houses with my mom and hers, but then we arrived at Six Flags Great Adventure. I don't remember the park at all, but I do remember my mom catching me off guard with a surprise. She did that a lot growing up and even continues to today!
What do you cherish the most about your travels together?
Time moves fast and we never know when we'll run out of it. I want to spend as much time with my parents as I can. Travel is a great way to spend that time together, and it's fun to uncover a bit about the world together.