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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Seamus Mullen

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

A. I tend to go away for trips longer than a quick weekend, but if I were to say one place, close to New York City that can easily be reached in a weekend, I would say my home state of Vermont. It's well worth the drive. I was just there last weekend and in 45 minutes I saw a moose, a bear and tons of deer. It's still a wild and beautiful place.

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

A. I always travel with my iPad, a good set of noise-canceling headphones, my supplements to stay healthy and avoid jet lag and compression socks. I never fly without them. In addition to being an important safety precaution, they reduce jet lag by increasing circulation.

Q. What would be your dream trip?

A. I would really love to do an around-the-world trip by motorcycle. Many years ago, I spent six months riding my motorcycle and camping from San Francisco to Panama and back. It was an amazing experience, traveling slowly, drinking it all in. If I found a magical place that I loved, I would stay for a while without the pressure of having to get to the next place. I would love to travel through Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and then back to the States by motorcycle.

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Q. What is your best and/or worst vacation memory?

A. My worst vacation memory? Probably when my motorcycle broke down in Acapulco and I had to spend a week there trying to get spare parts shipped from the U.S. The city was once a great tourist destination that now has not aged well. My best memory? So many, but a favorite was cooking a huge Italian feast on the island of Pantelleria with new friends we just met. We bought fish from two fishermen right off their boat as they were coming into the docks and we cooked an amazing, endless, dinner outside beneath the stars with the silhouette of Tunisia in the distance. It was the stuff travel fantasies are made of -- the kind of meal you only see in movies.


(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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