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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Yolanda Ross

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

If Yolanda Ross had her way, all her trips would be on trains. "I really enjoy luxury train travel to eat good food, be in your own space and enjoy the scenery that you might not get to see otherwise," says the actress, who stars on the Showtime series, "The Chi." "My dream trip would be to travel with friends on a week-long luxury train trip like the Belmond or Orient Express. (We'd go) through Italy, France, Spain, Scotland, Ireland or Germany. I would like to go to places where we can get off and see the sights and just enjoy the great views, relax and meet new people. I enjoy the journey." Ross, who splits her time between New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, stays in touch with fans via Twitter ( and Facebook (

Q. Jada, your character on "The Chi," is no-nonsense. Do you think that she would make a good travel companion?

A. Yes! She would remember to bring all the essentials, and then some, that we would need for any trip. She's a mother, so they are always taking care of others and looking out for others. I also think she would be open to learning about different things and discovering new places, cultures, lives in different cities and countries.

Q. Did you have that itch to move away from home when you were younger?

A. I come from a small- to medium-sized city -- Omaha, Nebraska. That sentiment was certainly there when growing up, as you seek new adventures. I did leave as soon as I got out of school and headed to New York City.

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


A. The first trip I remember was going to California. We went to Disneyland and (also) to San Francisco. I remember drinking Fresca and waiting on a lot of lines. I liked the monorail.

Q. If you could only pick one place to eat, would you choose a casual meal at a street cart or fine dining at a nice restaurant?

A. I would choose fine dining. I like to try what is considered the best of a place and see what the customs are or how service is treated in different places.

Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?


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