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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Tanna Frederick

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Tanna Frederick thrives when she's juggling multiple projects. A co-founder of the Iowa Film Festival and creator of the nonprofit Project Save Our Surf (http://www.projectsaveoursurf.org/), she is also an avid surfer and holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. Frederick, who co-starred opposite James Denton in "Ovation," recently won positive reviews for her work in Carl Weathers' stage production of "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea."

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. One of my favorite trips was last year for Mother's Day in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. It's the most delicious, loving village nestled in the Alps. The people there are so incredibly warm and open. It felt like I walked into a giant hug. My mother flew in a helicopter over the Swiss Alps. It was terrifying and magnificent. We landed on a glacier where they created a makeshift bar and we sipped ice wine in a toast to my mother, like on an episode of "The Bachelor."

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?

A. We did a lot of camping while growing up. We didn't have much money, so the outdoors became my playground. I think my first actual vacation was to the Badlands in South Dakota. I can remember lots and lots of fossils, rivers, fishing, deer, hiking and, of course, mosquitoes. I definitely remember entire weekends covered in mud to stop the itching from the bites.

Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

A. It's not about the destination. It's about the people you're surrounded by. I love wandering away from the crowds to the behind-the-scenes action where actual local life is taking place. I'm apt to cut time in the Louvre in order to be able to check out some obscure cemetery I heard about in passing.

Q. Where is the most romantic destination?

A. Would have to be in the Maldives -- tropical weather, warm water and beautiful sunsets, romantic, candle-lit dinners on a private lanai. Also, couples massages, snorkeling and surfing together. A must-have would be a deep soaking tub for two, with lots of candles and flowers and a good bottle of champagne.

Q. Do you spend holidays away from home?

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