Judy Phares gets so enthusiastic when talking about travel, you sometimes need to slow her down. She and her husband, Paul Scott Phares, who split time between homes in Connecticut, Baltimore, and Manhattan, visited all seven continents in 2018, and there’s no letup in sight. We caught up with her just before a trip to Cuba – they’re also hitting Baja California, Montréal, Tahiti, Tonga, and Australia this year, before a Caribbean New Year’s cruise with SeaDream Yacht Club. Virtuoso travel advisor Rhona Wendler of Baltimore, Maryland, keeps the couple moving, moving, moving.
I grew up in the Midwest and learned to speak French. I became fluent while studying abroad in Paris and Barcelona, where I learned Spanish. After college, I backpacked through Europe and then, after graduate school, through India, Thailand, and Indonesia, and that opened up the world for me.
He was talking about taking his 13-year-old daughter to Disney World, and I had just taken my 12-year-old son. We were on the same plane: FastPasses, Space Mountain, and all that stuff.