The VIP Lounge: Jared Haibon

France is high on Jared Haibon’s travel wish-list.
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France is high on Jared Haibon’s travel wish-list.

He traveled to some prime locations — including Ireland and Mexico — when he appeared last year on the ABC reality series “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” but Warwick, R.I., native Jared Haibon said that Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., remains his favorite vacation destination. Haibon still lives in Warwick and is a manager at Providence Oyster Bar. And even though he was one of the final four suitors for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s affection in the 11th season of “The Bachelorette,” and was wooed by several ladies in the second season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” Haibon said he is single. We caught up with the 27-year-old to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? Walt Disney World. I know that is such a cliche answer, but it’s such a fun place. Not only do I love rides, but I love the “magic” of it all. I’m a kid at heart, and while in Disney I get to be a kid again. I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood there, being with family and friends. It’s a huge part of some of the best moments of my life.

Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Anything that has a lot of carbs. If I’m on vacation, then I’m eating lots and lots of junk food. Pizza, ice cream, pasta, dough boys, pretty much anything. My favorite drink while vacationing is a Mai Tai because they taste wonderful and do the job. That’s what I mostly drank while filming “Bachelor in Paradise.”


Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? I would like to travel to France. I’ve been to Ireland and Italy, but to see the Eiffel Tower in person would be a dream of mine. The food is amazing, their accents are lovely. . . . I could see myself falling in love with France.

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One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My Boston Red Sox hat. I travel everywhere with this thing; if I’m in an airport, most likely I’m wearing that hat. Also, anywhere I go I love to represent Boston.

Aisle or window? I’m a window type of guy. I rarely ever get up during flights [so] it can get annoying if people keep needing to get past me to use the bathroom. If I have a window, it’s far better. This way I can just keep to myself, listen to my music, and zone out.

Favorite childhood travel memory? Going to my Uncle Paul’s house for Christmas. I was always very close with my Uncle Paul and Aunt Susan’s three kids: my cousins Paul, Eric, and Sarah. They’re like my brothers and sisters, so I always remember being very happy seeing them on Christmas. Even though they live in Rhode Island and we didn’t travel far, it meant enough to me that it’s the first thing that comes to mind.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? Listening to movie soundtracks while on the plane. I love film, and there are so many cinematic scores I could listen to over and over again. So if you see me in the airport with headphones in, most likely I’m listening to the “Man of Steel” soundtrack or something like that.


Best travel tip? Dress comfortably. I used to care how I looked on planes, [but] now I wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt, and it’s so much better.