The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card recently announced the launch of the Boundless Bucket List contest, in collaboration with Pinterest. The contest, organized by Chase and Marriott Bonvoy, invites travelers to create their Boundless Bucket List and enter for a chance to win the trip of their dreams.
Three lucky winners will receive the trip of a lifetime, worth up to $50,000 each.
Travel enthusiast, actress and working mother, Tia Mowry joins the contest to share the impact travel has had on her life. As the contest kicked off, TN Deputy Editor Sidnee Michelle had the opportunity to chat with Mowry – who has been stealing our hearts ever since. sister, sister – to discuss the partnership.
Travel Noire: Your partnership with Marriott Bonvoy was created to further inspire consumers’ passion for travel, a mission so important to the BIPOC community, and especially to us at Travel Noire.
How important is it to you? And was that a determining factor in partnering with Marriott?
Traveling is one of my priorities. It is something that is really important. I first started traveling and exploring the world when I was in college. I studied abroad. I visited Egypt and saw the mummies. I went to Spain. I also went to Rome and saw the Vatican. It opened me up so much. Which means I wasn’t so narrow-minded about my own culture and my own thoughts anymore. I just feel like traveling, you learn so much, not only more about yourself, but you also learn more about all the amazing and beautiful cultures out there. And just the experiences you have.
I have grown so much as an individual and as a human being and seeing what a huge impact this has had on me and my life, I wanted to introduce travel to my children as well. At a very young age, my son Cree – when he was maybe 2 years old – had already made over 100 trips by plane, train and boat. And my family, we still travel today. I love traveling to so many different places like last summer we went to Italy and France.
I’m all about travel, but also inspiring other people to just get out there and travel and learn more about the world. I feel like when everyone has this amazing worldview, I feel like our world can actually be a better place.
I love working with Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card to help launch the Boundless Bucket List contest. I’m so excited that three amazing winners have the opportunity to travel to a destination of their dreams.
I also like the fact that it is extremely accessible to participate. All you have to do is create a Pinterest showing your dream list, from restaurants to experiences and, of course, destinations and food. Then you can write an essay or film a 60 second video explaining why this trip is important to you and how it could change your life.
I just think it’s an amazing opportunity. Especially coming from the pandemic and COVID, and kind of locked down. Let’s make people learn more about our beautiful world that we have.
TN: When did you first leave the United States? How did you feel? Where did you go ? What did you take from this trip?
Mowry: The first time I left the country, I want to say it had a huge impact on me. Of course, I was doing a show called sister, sisterand we were going to London and Paris, but those were quick trips and more business trips.
The first trip I felt had a huge impact on my life was when I was in Pepperdine University, college, and studying abroad. I lived in Florence for two months. Every weekend I went there. I would go to Milan. I would go to Rome. I went to Venice. Then I would go to Spain. I went to this amazing little seaside town called Sitges.
But the one place I’ve been to that had a huge impact on me was Egypt. I have to see the mummies. I could see the pyramids. It’s one of the seven wonders of the world, and what I took away from this trip – or just being abroad in general – is that there is so much more to see, to explore and learn only what you already feel like you know. It means you don’t know everything. When you don’t really get out and travel and explore new cultures, experiences, food, etc., you become very narrow-minded and start to think that your way of life is the only and the right path.
A perfect example is when I went to the Vatican to see all these amazing priests and learn about different religions, like Catholicism. [It] was so incredibly beautiful to see how there could be something completely different, or a different way of living than you’re used to growing up and it opens your mind. You let go of prejudices and do not become so narrow-minded in your own thoughts. The more you go out, the more you learn, the more aware you become, the more you grow. And that makes an amazing, beautiful human being. You become a complete person. A cultured individual.
I feel like when you’re cultured, you become less judgmental. I think if this world had many people like that, this world would definitely be a wonderful and better place.
TN: Let’s talk about your favorite types of travel. From family trips to girly getaways, let us know what kind of trips you like best.
Mowry: I want to start taking trips with my kids individually. Cairo is very young, she is only four years old, but my to-do list is to go to Japan with my son. My son is very attached to the culture. I said, ‘why not teach him or allow him to actually explore? And learn the culture by being there. In the real environment.’ So I want to go to Japan with my son.
And I haven’t had enough girls’ trips. That’s another thing I’m looking forward to doing. In fact, go to the Caribbean. Whether it’s Eleuthera or Turks and Caicos, and just having a great time with my girlfriends. I spend a lot of time with my family while traveling, but I think it’s also important to take care of yourself and feed the other elements of your family. Friends are important and to be able to have such a wonderful journey with them to bond and make memories with your friends, your daughters, I think will be amazing.
And I tell you, it always makes my travel experiences the best when I take my Marriot Bonvoy Boundless credit card with me, because as I shop daily, I can earn more points that I can later redeem for free nights at a Marriott Property Bonvoy. So that’s also part of where I feel really supported and excited about the trip I’ve planned.
TN: We love it! The benefits of travel make the trip.
On another note, we know you’re a BOMB chef, tell us about the intersection of culture and food, and how you incorporate it into your cooking.
Mowry: I ended up going to an amazing place – Budapest. I traveled with my son and remember eating something called goulash. I had never had that in my entire life. It is a must in Budapest. I’m all about exploring and trying new things, picking up those flavors, being inspired, and then seeing how I can make my own version of it.
The first time I ate grilled watermelon was in Anguilla with my family. We had gone out to this restaurant and they had grilled watermelon, and what I did was add mint, salt and feta cheese. This is one thing I absolutely love about travel. Explore different tastes and flavors of amazing cultures.
Another is Italy. Italy is all about pasta. I have a quick fix channel called Quick Fix by Tia Mowry and I just shot a video about making pasta three different ways which inspired me while being in Italy with my family.
TN: If you weren’t the spokesperson for this amazing opportunity and had the opportunity to apply, what would your go-to list be and why?
Mowry: My favorite destination would be Japan. My why, again, is that I’m a mother and I want to give everything to my children.
I learned the importance of travel and the impact it has had on my life, so I definitely want to pass that on to my kids. And if I had this opportunity, I would go to Japan with my son. I would like him to try all the different foods and experiences. The different gardens, see the cherry blossoms. Experience authentic ramen. My son loves sushi and he loves sushi since he couldn’t even pronounce the word. He likes anime. He loves everything about the culture, so to be able to give him that opportunity and see how he grows would mean the world to me as a mother. I know he would be able to take home incredible experiences that would impact him in an incredible way.
To enter the Boundless Bucket List contest, travelers must complete an entry form at chase.com/boundlessbucketlist. First, they’ll be asked to create a unique Pinterest board, showcasing their travel aspirations, including destinations, experiences, hotels, travel companions, food, and more. Next, travelers will be asked to share a 60-second video or short essay (700 characters or less) explaining why their to-do list experience is important to them and how it will have a lasting impact on their lives. Finally, they will be prompted to enter registration information and submit the registration form.
Travelers can enter for a chance to win at chase.com/boundlessbucketlist until October 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST. Winners will be notified on or around November 7, 2022.
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