Celebrity Travel: Go away with Maggie Szabo
Maggie Szabo takes her work on the road. Literally. The Canadian singer-songwriter has penned songs in Greece,Thailand, England and Amsterdam. “I sometimes forget how big of a world there is out there outside of my little bubble,” says Szabo, who’s based out of Los Angeles. “There is so much music, so much culture and so many styles of writing and production that I learn from traveling. It’s really good to be reminded of that.” Her latest song is the Ryan Riback remix of “I Don’t Need You.” Best known for her single “Don’t Give Up,” which was dedicated to the transgender community, Szabo stays in touch with her fans on social media, where she goes by the username @allaboutmaggie.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. Budapest. My background is Hungarian and this was my first time being there. I just love going to Europe in general, because each country is so unique in its own way. There is so much history and so much to learn. We took a train to Vienna for the day and that was stunning. That’s also what I love about Europe. You’re really only a train ride away from the next amazing city.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. I’ve spent a lot of time in Amsterdam writing music and it’s one of my favorite cities. I love that you can get anywhere you need to go just with a bike. It’s fun and great exercise.
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. Growing up in Canada, we get pretty desperate to get sunshine in the wintertime, so as a kid it was common for us to go somewhere like Mexico, Cuba or the Dominican Republic during the winter holidays. I always loved it! I definitely belong in the sunshine, which is part of the reason why I love living in California.
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. Joshua Tree and Santa Barbara have been my fave spots lately. They’re only a couple of hours away, but it’s so nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.
Q. Where is the most romantic destination?