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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Nancy Jooyoun Kim

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

A: I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and it’s a blessing for weekend getaways, since you can drive to so many places from here. For a day trip, I like to go hiking in the East Bay or in Marin County or walk around and explore a beach town down south like Santa Cruz and Monterey. It’s also fun to go to Sonoma County up north for wine tasting. The Russian River is a great place to swim and forget about work.

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

A: I don’t do a ton of research. I try to read books by authors of that country. Online, I look up where to eat and explore. At a minimum, I learn to say, “Thank you” and “Excuse me” or “I’m sorry.” I buy maybe one travel guide, but that’s it.

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

A: Books, a notebook and pen, earplugs, sunglasses, Aquaphor, and contact lens solution.


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

A: Most people are kind, or want to be kind, as long as you’re respectful of their traditions and the conditions of their daily lives. Traveling reaffirms my belief in humanity and that as a species, we are worth saving.


(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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