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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Charles Elton

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

A. Don't pack clothes for every day you're away. There are dry cleaners and washing machines almost everywhere. If there aren't, just wear the same clothes and use deodorant.

Q. If you've ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?

A. I have never been anywhere other than our house in the country. We have a 20-foot Christmas tree and huddle around log fires, because there is no heating. Don't leave a glass of water by the side of the bed, because it will freeze.

Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?

A. I'm not that fond of the countryside, so I would rather go to a city like Venice or Rome. I do have a weekend place in the English countryside that was built in the 13th century, but I hate walks, so I don't leave the house much.

Q. Where is the most romantic destination?

A. New York. There's so much buzz and excitement that it can revive a flagging romance. If it's going well, you can go to the top of the Empire State Building and pretend you're in "Sleepless in Seattle."

Q. What are your five favorite cities?

A. Los Angeles, New York, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Venice.

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

A. A red suitcase that can't be mistaken for anyone else's when the luggage goes round at the airport.

Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?

A. Reading the kind of magazines I would never read at home -- nerdy computer magazines, People, Entertainment Weekly and food magazines.

Q. What is your worst vacation memory?

A. A boat in Turkey on which there was no fridge. The food sat in an icebox for two weeks, even though the ice melted on the first day.


(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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