Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Michael Vlamis
Vacationing in Argentina this past Christmas was special for Michael Vlamis because it was the first trip he paid for himself. "Up until then, the only time I traveled was because of work or on family vacations," he says. "As an actor starting out, you're a slave to the Hollywood system, but my (CW series) 'Roswell, New Mexico' gave me the freedom and financial flexibility I needed to go see the world." Raised in Chicago and currently a resident of West Hollywood, Vlamis, 28, stays in touch with fans on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/michaelvlamis/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/michaelvlamis).
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. New Zealand's North and South Islands are equally special. In the north, don't miss the Bay of Islands. In the south, Milford Sound is the special spot. But honestly, you can't go wrong anywhere you go.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. I don't think it's untapped, but if you haven't explored Patagonia, you must.
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. A road trip from Chicago to Florida with my parents and two sisters all shoved into a purple minivan. We stopped somewhere in Georgia to get some sleep and the only motel in the area was so dirty that my mom opted to sleep in the car instead. My sisters and I slept on towels on top of the motel bedsheets. Needless to say, we never road tripped again. I took my first flight the following year.
Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?
A. Perspective. It's important to see how other people live outside of the bubbles we can sometimes trap ourselves in. Exploring helps me stay inspired and grateful.
Q. If you could only pick one place to eat, would you choose a food truck or fine dining?