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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Ann Curry

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Former NBC News anchor and "Today Show" co-anchor Ann Curry has won multiple Emmys and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her outstanding work in journalism. She has also been honored by the NAACP, Refugees International and Save the Children. Her latest project is PBS' docuseries "We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry." The photojournalist is an avid traveler, who has covered news stories around the world. "I live in New York City but I am often on the road for my reporting projects and for fun with my family," Curry says. "I have learned to let go of the idea that I could predict what I was about to experience. I've realized we don't truly see the world if we look only from our own perspectives and that opening up to the possibilities of something completely new, is what makes traveling fun." Fans may keep up to date on her work and travels on Twitter (https://twitter.com/AnnCurry), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/anncurry) and her website AnnCurry.com.

Q. What are your five favorite cities?

A. Paris, Florence, Isfahan, Salzburg and my hometown, Ashland, Oregon.

Q. What was your favorite vacation destination?

A. Ecuador, where our family stepped over blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos and met tribespeople in the Amazonian jungle. I loved seeing our children's eyes light up with delight as they witnessed a world completely different from their own. We were awakened by howler monkeys. We found out you need to move out of the way for iguanas. We realized you can actually swim with piranha without getting bitten. We experienced the swiftness of a dugout canoe. We learned how to use a blowgun effectively. And ultimately, we understood that the world is much more fascinating that we can possibly imagine. If you go to Ecuador, ask to have your passport stamped for the Galapagos. Seeing that stamp whenever I pull out my passport brings back good memories. Also, consider staying in an ecolodge if you go to the Amazon. And take sunscreen.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?

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A. Croatia's Dalmatian coast. It is a picturesque place, enough so that scenes of "Game of Thrones" have been shot there. But most might not know that parts of Dalmatia were once in the Venetian Empire, including the lovely island of Korcula which, as does Venice, claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. And even lesser known is another island off the Dalmatian coast, on which locals say Ulysses once found refuge, in his travels to return home. They will even point to what they call "Ulysses' Cave," and to dogs on the island they say descended from one that kept Ulysses company.

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

A. Japan, where the Navy sent my father. Japan was stunning in every way. Everything was new: the food, the clothes and the manner in which people spoke to each other. What I remember most, though, was the storm that caught the ship we took to Japan. While everyone else was seasick below deck, I was able to sneak above to the top deck where, holding onto the railings, I watched the huge, crashing waves with awe. It was just glorious. But it also did get me into big trouble with my mother.

Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?

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