Celebrity Travel: Go away with Jake Horowitz
A: I grew up in Brooklyn. I’m pretty sure the first trip my parents took me on was to Niagara Falls. I vaguely remember being on that boat that takes you close to the waterfall. I remember crying into my dad’s shoulder. The early trips I really remember are to Ocean City, New Jersey, where I have a lot of family. It’s a Jersey beach town like any other, but for me it will always represent that dreamy nostalgia of being a kid, walking up and down the boardwalk with sandy feet (while) eating some disastrously sugary snack.
Q: What are your five favorite cities?
A: New York for the surprises, San Diego for the beaches, Chicago for the creative people there – and my mom’s side of the family, hey fam! – London for the walking, Venice because, Venice, and because I had the best meal of my life there at a small restaurant that filleted a fish and I haven’t been the same since.
Q: Where would you like to go that you have never been to?
A: Hawaii. I’ve wanted to go for years. I’m fascinated by the history there and I think it would offer such a beautiful combination of restful experiences and exciting adventures.
Q: When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?
A: Hate to go cliché but, gotta bring a book. I’m an embarrassingly slow reader so I only need one. But nothing beats reading and people-watching in a foreign place.
Q: What would be your dream trip?
A: Bike trip through Italy, then a week on the Cinque Terre.
Q: What is your best vacation memory?
A: A few years ago I went to Death Valley with my mom and brother. My brother and I woke up at 4 a.m. and drove to the base of Telescope Peak, a mountain whose summit is the highest point in the national park. It was January so the peak wasn’t reachable without ice shoes, but we hiked it just shy of the summit. We could see it, but the wind was whipping and the path was getting slippery and dangerous and the drop was just staring at us like, turn back, kiddos. So, we listened. It was still unforgettable though. We had a clear view east of the Sierra Mountains that was breathtaking. And with my brother! Yeah, that’s got to be one of the best memories.
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