Best-selling author Tahereh Mafi says that one of her favorite trips was to the Philippines, where she went scuba-diving and swam with clownfish. (Ransom Riggs / February 11, 2014)

Q. What would be your dream/fantasy trip?

A. I'd love to go into space.

Q. What are your favorite restaurants?

A. The ones we discover after a long day of getting lost in a new city. Those meals always taste the best, somehow.

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

A. Internet access! I try to cut myself off, but I can't help it. I'm always checking my email whenever I get a chance.

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

A. Most of the time my husband (author/filmmaker Ransom Riggs) is the one doing the research. We'll head to the bookstore and buy a couple of travel books specific to our destination, and then he'll read them all and share the best bits with me. Then we'll reread the books together on the plane ride over.

Q. What is your worst vacation memory?

A. I was traveling around Germany one weekend and decided to check out Salzburg (Austria) while I was there. But I was late getting back, so I missed my flight home out of Munich. There were no flights out that same day, so I had to spend the night in the airport and ended up dozing near some garbage bins. Not one of my favorite nights, but definitely memorable.

(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.)