Go Away With ... Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen says that going on the road with his Guilt Trip co-star, Barbra Streisand, would be super fun. (Sam Emerson, Tribune Media Services / December 18, 2012)
Q. What do you imagine an actual road trip with Barbra would be like?
A. It'd probably be pretty similar to the movie, which means that it would be fun and funny. (Laughs) She likes a lot of snacks, so I think that would be a big part of it. I'd like to try it! Whether she would or not is another story.
Q. Road trips can make or break friendships. Have you had any breakups after bad road trips?
A. No, thankfully! My friends and I are all pretty much the same. I never had a make-it-or-break-it road trip.
Q. What was your most memorable road trip?
A. When I was 16, my mom and I rented a car in Israel and drove around for a couple weeks. It was fun. I'm pretty easy maintenance, which is a good thing, since I have to travel so much for work.
Q. Where have you traveled that you never imagined you'd visit?
A. I was in Fiji recently and it was amazing. Bora Bora was wonderful, too.
Q. Do you prefer warm weather destinations?
A. Not necessarily. I'm Canadian, so I like winter sports. I've been snowboarding since I was young. I grew up going to Whistler Blackcomb (in British Columbia) a lot. My friend has a cabin there so it's always nice to go there. And I feel better in winter clothes than in summer clothes.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. I like Big Sur (in California) a lot. It's really pretty and nice up there. I've been to Australia a couple times and really enjoyed that country. So right now, I'd say those places.
Q. Given the chance, would you opt for Big Sur or a completely new destination?
A. Someplace new. We try not to go to the same place over and over. There are a lot of places I still would like to get to.
Q. Like where?
A. India and Greece. I've always wanted to go.
Q. Are there places that everyone tells you are great, but you really don't want to visit there?
A. I don't really want to go to Hawaii. I've been there a few times and liked it a lot, but I'm sort of done. Same thing with Mexico; it's a beautiful country and I've enjoyed myself there. I just think there's a whole world out there and I've only seen a small part of it. So I'd like to try to see what else is out there.
Q. How adventurous are you when it comes to eating what the locals eat?
A. I'll experiment and try different stuff. I've been to China and Korea and they serve you some odd stuff from time to time, and sometimes it's better suited for different palates, but I always give it a shot. You never know if you'll like it until you try. And if you don't like it, you don't have to eat it again.
Q. When you were a child, did your family go on a lot of road trips?
A. Not that much. We would drive to Disneyland from Vancouver, which is like a 24-hour drive. We wouldn't do it straight through. It was fun, but we stopped when my sister got to the age where she said, "I can't do this anymore."
Q. If you had all the time in the world, what would be your ultimate road trip?
A. I'd like to travel around the Greek Islands.
Q. When you're away somewhere, are you dying to get back home or do you dread having to leave your vacation?
A. It kind of wavers, depending on who I'm with, where I am and what's going on. Sometimes I'm excited to go home and sometimes I'm almost crying that I have to leave.
Q. Given the choice, do you prefer flying or driving?
A. I would prefer to drive. I don't like flying. I was on a cruise once when I was 12 and I don't need to do that again. I felt trapped. So driving.
Q. Did you ever backpack your way through any country?
A. I did. I went to Amsterdam and Paris when I was 18 or 19 for a few weeks. It was really fun. Almost everyone I know spent some time backpacking around South America or Asia or somewhere.
Q. What is the most important thing to have when you travel?
A. All I need is my passport.
Q. Have you ever eaten food so good that it'd be worth returning just to have another meal?
A. I was in New Orleans for a while working. The food there is worth getting on a plane for.
Q. What are some of your favorite cities?
A. Vancouver, New Orleans, Amsterdam, New York, Montreal and Toronto.
(Jae-Ha Kim is a New York Times bestselling author and travel writer. You can respond to this column by visiting her website at http://www.jaehakim.com. You may also follow "Go Away With..." on Twitter at @GoAwayWithJae where Jae-Ha Kim welcomes your questions and comments.)