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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Cheryl B. Engelhardt

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Q: Street cart or fine dining at a nice restaurant?

A: Ew to street carts. Never trusted them. That may just be the New Yorker in me. So sorry, not sorry. Fine dining always and forever.

Q: Where are your favorite weekend getaways?

A: I live in an area with a lot of high-quality hiking, access to the Hudson River and climbing. I love the coasts, so visiting my mom in Connecticut or friends in Boston and taking a trip to the beach are always welcomed!

Q: What are your five favorite cities?

A: New York, Paris, Geneva, Jerusalem, Boston.

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

A: I have a thing with stars, so anywhere I could see the Northern Lights.

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


A: I have a travel MIDI keyboard that allows me to capture any musical ideas on the go. I also have a black jumper that I can easily layer, but also is cool for warmer destinations. And my daily Luminary journal. I don’t journal very much, but for over two years, I’ve been writing a few short things I’m grateful for in the morning and I swear I haven’t had anxiety since I started.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?

A: Coke. It settles my stomach and gives me that little sugar boost when my body doesn’t know what time it is. I don’t normally drink or buy soda in the States, so it’s always a treat that reminds me I’m traveling and I got this!

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

A: Oh, you should see my Excel sheets. Especially when I was touring with my band. I would have train times down to the minute, complete with gear-lugging calculations, maps, phone numbers, the works. When I’m traveling solo, I like to know my surroundings, so I tend to find and print out hard copies of maps of where I’ll be.


(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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