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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Tiffany Chu

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

A. I learned a bit of French in high school. My family speaks Mandarin and so do I, fortunately. From my dad’s side, I also know a tiny bit of Hakka. I appreciate them instilling my culture in me. Language is a huge gateway to that. I was the kid who secretly enjoyed Chinese school – not so much the homework, though! But I understood at a young age how important it would be for me to continue being exposed to the language and culture. I think I can pick up languages pretty quickly, especially if I’m completely immersed.

Q. What are your five favorite cities?

A. Kula (Maui), New York City, Taipei, San Francisco, Kyoto (Japan).

Q. Where do you travel to frequently?

A. I usually travel to Taiwan during holidays or breaks because most of my family is there. Family is home.

Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?

A. Paris, Rome, London, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina. The list is endless.

Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?


A. A good pair of walking shoes for exploring, resistance bands for working out, workout clothes, sunglasses, toiletries, hair tie, supplements, portable charger, refillable insulated water bottle for cold or hot liquids and my skin care regimen of face masks, face wash, toner, Le Mieux TGF-B Booster serum, makeup wipes, lotion and cream.

Q. What would be your dream trip?

A. Mars. I believe Elon Musk is working on that.

Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?

A. Asking people who are either from (the destination I’m traveling to) or have been to that destination. I would also do a little research on my own, check the weather. And once I get there, I would also ask locals for their favorite spots.


(Jae-Ha Kim is a New York Times bestselling author and travel writer. You can respond to this column by visiting her website at You may also follow “Go Away With…” on Twitter at @GoAwayWithJae where Jae-Ha Kim welcomes your questions and comments.)




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