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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Avan Jogia

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Born in Canada, Avan Jogia came to the United States with a challenge. His parents gave him six months to get an acting job or return home and finish school. He has remained in Los Angeles ever since. Best known for his roles in Nickelodeon's "Victorious" and STARZ's "Now Apocalypse," he can be seen in Samuel L. Jackson's reboot of the feature film, "Shaft." Also a musician, director and poet, Jogia, 27, stays in touch with his fans via Twitter ( and Instagram ( His book, "Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories," will be released this fall.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. I like to travel at least once a year to somewhere that's not work related. You travel so much for work that you feel like you're traveling the world, but you're not actually seeing anything or immersing yourself. I was in Bali for a month and a half just recently and I loved it there. It's just an incredibly unique place. The jungles are very extraordinary. The stonework masonry is insane. It's some of the most amazing masonry in the world. That's not exactly the cool, hip, young thing to do, but go look at the masonry in Bali (laughs).

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

A. The first trip I remember taking was to London to see family. It was a long flight and I remember because back then, you could go into the cockpit and the captain let me. It was a lot of fun. I love London and go there at least once a year. I have such an affinity for the United Kingdom in general. All my family is there, too, so I get to see all my cousins.

Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?


A. I love Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and want to go up to Big Sur. I haven't been up there yet.

Q. What are your favorite cities?

A. London, San Francisco, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, Melbourne, Rome.

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


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