For those of us who grew up in the glory of the ‘90s, Tia and Tamera Mowry were—and still are—household names after six seasons of Sister, Sister stardom. I mean, who could forget that theme song? The matching outfits? The bucket hat collection of our technicolor millennial dreams? The Mowry twins’ talent and charisma always seemed endless, and unsurprisingly, they’ve both gone on to lead illustrious careers and lives both on and off camera. Now, with families of their own, Tia and Tamera are focused on sharing their love of travel with their respective partners and kids—something Tia has just taken to the next level after announcing the Boundless Bucket List Contest with Chase and Marriott Bonvoy. Here’s everything you need to know about the collab, according to Tia Mowry herself.
Tell us about the Boundless Bucket List Contest and what it entails!
I’m very excited to be partnering with Chase and Marriott Bonvoy, mainly because of this initiative—they value the importance of traveling, which is a priority of mine. [We] were given the opportunity to explore the world at a young age because my parents were in the army, and it changed me as a person. Travel just opens up your world and mind to other cultures, food, and people, [and] you become a more well-rounded individual, so I love that the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card gives everyone the opportunity to experience that.
The contest is also really accessible—anyone can enter (you don’t have to be a cardholder), and all you have to do is make a Pinterest board and create a short video or essay describing your bucket list trip and why it’s important to you, et cetera. Three winners will be selected [after the contest ends on October 6th], and each one will receive their dream trip worth up to $50,000, which will be planned for them by a luxury travel company.
Okay, that’s a pretty sweet deal. Are there any limits to what a bucket list trip submission could look like?
It can be literally wherever in the world [with a Marriott Bonvoy hotel]!
Incredible. What would your bucket list trip look like?
Mine is to travel with my son in Japan, going to some of the best sushi restaurants (we love sushi), ramen, and the gardens at the Ritz Tokyo. My son loves Japanese culture and so do I—the food, the beauty…he’s even an anime fan. I can’t wait to even just smell the smells, taste the tastes, and indulge in all of what Tokyo has to offer. Another bucket list destination would be a girls’ trip in the Caribbean, either to Eleuthera or Anguilla.
Tell us more about your travels with your family!
[We recently took our] kids to Europe! Portofino, Florence [where I studied abroad], Tuscany, and the south of France. We road tripped from Portofino to Florence and stopped at the tower of Pisa, and and I started crying because I was there 20 years ago, and to come back as a mother so long after was just so beautiful. The Duomo in Florence, too, and being able to tell my son the stories of my experience there when I was 20 years old—it feels so good. We made pizza together—my son shares my love of cooking.
Growing up, you traveled a lot with your parents while they were in the military—why is it important to you that your kids have the opportunity to see the world like you did?
If more people could travel and experience other cultures, the world would be a better place. I want my kids to be able to learn about other cultures and get out of their comfort zone, because I really feel like you grow. And for me, memories are everything, and I love creating memories with my children at such a young age that they’ll take with them into adulthood, and hopefully do the same with their kids.
[Photos courtesy Tia Mowry]