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Source: Forbes

Ashlee Simpson Ross and husband Evan Ross are no strangers to travel. The duo, along with their children, spent Christmas in Aspen and even lived in Paris for a time while Evan was filming “Hunger Games.” Plus, the pair grew up on the road thanks to their careers and families in the music industry. And though they’ve seen many places in the world, there are still some destinations they’re eager to check out.

I was able to catch up with the pair after their recent visit to the Dominican Republic, where they dished on how travel inspires their work, why it’s important to travel without children, and the destination still on Ashlee’s bucket list.

Q: What’s your favorite travel memory, and why?

A: I have a lot of favorite travel memories, but my most recent would be my trip to the Dominican Republic at only Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa. It was a great way to start the new year with my husband and closest friends.

Q: What was the best part of the trip?

A: We had an amazing private dinner our first night there during sunset.

E: The food was incredible, and the ambiance was beautiful, with a pianist and singer performing for us.

Q: What makes the Dominican Republic special compared to other destinations you’ve visited? Was it your first time in the DR or Cap Cana?

E: Yes, it was both of our first time being in the DR. We loved the white sands and beautiful clear water.

A: The service there was fantastic.

Q: With work, family, and commitments back home, what’s something you do to get in vacation mode officially?

A: I get my fun beach outfits together, enjoy a great dinner out in a new place, and soak up the sun!

E: I go straight to the ocean and enjoy a great drink.

Q: Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to last-minute, quick weekend escapes?

A: I try to plan my outfits out in advance to save time when I’m there.

Q: What are three things you must pack for a tropical, beachy Caribbean retreat?

A: Lots of sunscreen, a good beach hat, and a journal.

E: My Bluetooth speaker for beachside music, my favorite ocean-friendly sunscreen, and dope sunglasses.

Q: What do you always have in your carry-on, no matter the destination?

A: Cozy socks for the plane, iPad, Lysol wipes! I also bring a blanket with me. It takes up so much space, but I like to be comfortable!

Q: How does travel inspire you both creatively, say for music, or upcoming projects in 2020?

A: For me getting away from home and what’s familiar creates space for creativity, and you are able to come home refreshed and ready to get back to work!

Q: You did the Dominican Republic trip without your children. Why is it important to do a couple’s or group trip, sans kids? 

A: I love going on trips as a family, but sometimes it’s nice to get some one-on-one time with your husband and close friends.

Q: Why is it important to travel with your kids?

A: It’s so important for them to see the world and get to explore new things outside of LA. It also helps me enjoy the trip more knowing they’re with me.

Q: What’s the secret to traveling with kids? 

A: My kids are good travelers as they’ve been traveling since they were babies. I always make sure to download their favorite shows/movies in advance to their iPads.

Q: What’s your first travel memory? 

A: It would probably be traveling to California for the first time from Texas when I was 5 or 6 and going to the Santa Monica Pier and visiting the 3rd Street Dance Academy.

Q: What’s a destination that’s still on your bucket list? Why?

A: Africa for sure. I want to take my family there and see the beautiful land, animals and pyramids!