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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kurt Reifler

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Musician Kurt Reifler divides his time between the United States, Germany and Malta. His motto for getting from one home to the other is the same as when he tours or travels for pleasure: less is more. "I travel with a Timbuk2 daypack and have lived out of that for months at a time, no problem. The clothes on my back, plus about three days more in the bag," he says. "I either wear the coat I'm bringing, purchase one when I arrive or, better yet, I try not to be in places that would require a coat." Reifler's latest EP, "The Bear," is the second of a two-part project that pays tribute to the life and death of his friend, who passed away three years ago. For more information, check out his website ( and Facebook (

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. Tough one. I find myself migrating to Southeast Asia when it's time to reset, particularly to Thailand and Vietnam.

Q. To someone who was going there for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?

A. Take a motorbike trip through Vietnam. You can go on a guided adventure for a week for less than it would cost you to just live in the West for that same amount of time. And what's liberating about a motorbike trip is that you aren't waiting. Traveling is full of waiting -- buses, trains, events. On a motorbike, you just go.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?


A. I recently spent three months in Bulgaria, mostly in Plovdiv, which is (one of the) oldest cities in Europe. The English level was surprisingly decent, and the culture and history are very rich. Being American, it's always incredible to me that our old is a few hundred years. Europe's old is thousands of years.

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

A. I went to New Orleans. I remember being about 10 years old, watching a horn band on the street and thinking, "If I was ever that cool, even for a single moment, I could die happy." In some ways I think I still feel that way.

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


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