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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Carlos Watson

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

"I live in sunny Mountain View, California -- the best place on earth," says Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson. "It's home to Google, Linkedin, What's App, 23 and Me and, of course, OZY!" As the founder and CEO of OZY, Watson takes pride in producing programs such as "Third Rail with Ozy." To stay in touch with Watson, check out his newsfeeds on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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

A. Got to have a basketball in tow. Need a cellphone that works! And good people. That's it.

Q. What city is the best for a game of pickup basketball?

A. It's hard not to say New York. From Harlem to Chelsea and back, I have had some good games. They love trash-talking there. Overseas, I have had a lot of fun playing in Iceland, Ghana, the Netherlands, Colombia, Korea and more. I had a ferocious game, believe it or not, in Sweden one time.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

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A. I think I have visited 50-plus countries. The most beautiful city I have ever visited is Cape Town, South Africa. The most beautiful place is Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. But my list of favorite destinations probably also has to include Goa (India), Australia and Slovenia. It is hard to narrow the list. So many good places, so many good people!

Q. To someone who was going to Cape Town for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?

A. Definitely get out and see the beautiful landscape, grab some delicious food, listen to live music, dance the night away and meet new friends everywhere. There is a lot of history and indeed a lot of evolving history. Not all good to be sure, but definitely memorable. By the way, while Cape Town is special, mark me down as one of the folks that loves Jo-burg -- Johannesburg -- too!

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?


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