Go Away With ... Laurie Holden
The Walking Dead actress Laurie Holden says that of all the places she has traveled to, Africa has a special place in her heart. (AMC TV, Tribune Media Services / January 29, 2013)
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?
A. India, Japan and Brazil.
Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?
A. Power adapters, laptop, sunscreen, travel books, and a camera.
Q. What would be your dream trip?
A. Months in India--renting a villa for a few weeks, followed by a luxury train tour, a yoga retreat and ending with a spa and fitness expedition in the Himalayas.
Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?
A. Fast food.
Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?
A. I do a lot of research before I head away on a trip. I read travel books and look for the best places to stay, things to do and search for hidden gems. Tripadvisor.com is my go-to for many of my weekend getaways.
Q. What is your best vacation memory?
A. My best vacation memory was a trip to the Amalfi Coast with my niece a few years ago. It was a girls' trip, just the two of us, and we stayed on a villa perched high on a cliff right over the sea. We spent our days sailing and hiking the beautiful trails along the coast and exploring the coastal town of Ravello. The Italian people were so kind to us. They loved that an auntie was traveling with her teenage niece, so they took us under their wing and spoiled us with their hospitality. They never stopped feeding us! We must have gained at least 10 pounds. I have to say I enjoyed every single minute of it! It was far and away one of the happiest times of my life and it was an experience that my niece and I will always treasure.
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