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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Laura Toggs of Hillsong Young & Free

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Based out of Sydney, Australia, the contemporary Christian group Hillsong Young & Free has a new album coming out later this summer. But on July 10, they’ll release not one, but two new singles: “World Outside Your Window” and “As I Am.” Pastor and youth leader Laura Toggs is one of the members of the Grammy-nominated group. She says she enjoys staying in touch with their fans on social media via the band’s accounts (user handle @youngandfree) along with her own personal accounts (@lauratoggs). Now 33, the musician says she feels “young at heart.” The married mother of two says that she loves to travel but there was one trip that stands out. “My husband proposed to me in Italy with all my family there,” Toggs said. “That will forever take the cake as the best vacation memory.”

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. Italy is my favorite place in the world.

Q. To someone who is going to Italy for the first time, what would you recommend they do during their first visit?

A. Head straight to the small coastal towns during summertime, indulge in the incredible food and explore the little local gems.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?


A. Byron Bay in Australia is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Stunning beaches, great food, places to shop and plenty to do.

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child? And did you love it? Or… not so much?

A. My parents’ work was ministry, which had them traveling the world with me from the time I was a baby. The first trip I ever made was to Malaysia when I was three months old. I obviously don’t remember it. I have really fond memories of being in the U.S.A. a lot as a child.

Q. What is the most important thing you’ve learned from your travels?


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