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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Julia Marino

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

A. I'd say Vail for variety and great tree runs and just pure wildness in the back bowls.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?

A. Most places I've been to are not secrets, but I'd say New Zealand was as far off the beaten path as I've gotten. Long trip, but stunningly beautiful and lots of cool, adventurous outdoor activities and you can do warm weather stuff and snowboard on the same trip.

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

A. The first trip I can remember was when I was four. I went to Amsterdam with my parents. My mom had to go there for work and my dad and I walked all over the city for a few days, went on boat rides, visited windmills, played in playgrounds with local kids and went to Vondelpark, which is like their Central Park. I loved it. My parents bought me wooden shoes, which I wore constantly until I outgrew them.

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

A. It is a great idea to travel and experience the world outside of your own town. Seeing how people live their lives in completely different settings and doing things differently, but still being the same underneath is an awesome learning experience and it is fun! I feel fortunate that what I do allows me to do that. I also love the fact that it teaches me how to be self-sufficient and to figure out stuff on my own, even if I don't speak the language.

Q. What are your five favorite cities?

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A. Innsbruck, Munich, Prague, Montreal, New York City. I can elaborate, but it would be a long answer!

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

A. Believe it or not, I haven't been to Whistler, Canada. I'm hoping to go there and ride purely for the fun of it at the end of the season.

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

A. Camera, for sure. I am really into photography and want to capture what is unique and interesting about where I am visiting and my drawing journal. I am really into art.


(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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