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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Lauren Marks

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Q. What are your five favorite cities?

A. There are too many to choose a favorite, I'm afraid. But I spent a lot of time in five cities while I was writing my memoir. I had a certain love for all of them and am grateful for the ways they shaped me: Edinburgh, Los Angeles, New York City, London and Beirut.

Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?

A. Beirut! This was an odd one since I never would have expected that, from the images I'd seen on TV. But the landscape -- the sea, the mountains, even the shrubbery -- all looked so much like Southern California. Also, there were big plastic surgery billboards on the side of the highways and a lot of women in town noticeably had work done, with the skimpy outfits to showcase that. English was spoken widely. American dollars were accepted anywhere. Great food, great music, great conversations. On a rooftop bar on a Friday night, this place could easily be mistaken for L.A.

Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?

A. New Zealand, Brazil and Sweden.

Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A. EpiPen. Food allergies can be very inconvenient while traveling.


(Jae-Ha Kim is a New York Times bestselling author and travel writer. You can respond to this column by visiting her website at You may also follow "Go Away With..." on Twitter at @GoAwayWithJae where Jae-Ha Kim welcomes your questions and comments.)



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