When they want to get away, where do they go? For some, travel is about rest and relaxation. Henry Winkler, who played the Fonz on Happy Days, heads to Montana to take in the scenery and do a little fly-fishing. When KT Tunstall needed to unwind after making it big, she flew to the Maldives to stroll on its pristine white beaches. Comedienne Margaret Cho likes destinations that are dusty, far-flung and mysterious, choosing to travel to places like remote Nepal. Former American Idol finalist Clay Aiken names Afghanistan among his favorite places.
Heres a look at what lured these and other celebrities to their vacation spots. ()
As a UNICEF ambassador, Clay Aiken gets to travel the world. The singer says one of his favorite countries has also been one of the most unlikely: Afghanistan. (Eric Ogden)
Aiken on Afghanistan:
Honestly, I prefer to go to places where no one else goes that haven’t been ruined by the touristy thing. I don’t know if I would’ve ever gone to Afghanistan if it hadn’t been for my work with UNICEF, but it has been one of my favorite places I’ve ever been in my life. I stayed eight days there in the central highlands of the country in an area that was relatively fortunate when it came to Taliban attacks. Bamyan is in the central part of the mountains and it is just such a beautiful area.
Pictured: An Afghan woman displays her hand-made rugs during an exhibition in Herat, Afghanistan.(Jalil Rezayee / EPA)
Margaret Cho, star of “The Cho Show,” lives by the motto: “If you don’t need shots before you go, don’t bother going!” She has been to Tibet and Rajasthan, but says that there’s nothing quite like Nepal. (Ron Jaffe / VH1)
Cho on Nepal:
I like places that are dusty, far-flung and mysterious. I went to Nepal to hike and meditate. Nepal was a little easier for me to get around because it isn’t as high up as Tibet and it is more touristy.
Pictured: Nepalese devotees worship a cow as part of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.(Narendra Shrestha / EPA)
While filming " The Brady Bunch,” Maureen McCormick enjoyed a Hawaiian romance with her onscreen brother, Barry Williams. But when the actress-author wants a relaxing getaway in real life, she heads to her beloved Minnesota. (Ron Jaffe)
McCormick on Minnesota:
My favorite place in the whole world is Lake Vermilion in Minnesota. My husband’s family has a cabin there and we go there all the time. You drive part of the way and then you have to take a boat to get to the cabin ‘cause you can’t get there by car. It’s really remote and I love it. It’s the most peaceful place I’ve ever been in my life. I swim in the water all day and we go canoeing and just look at how unbelievably gorgeous it is there. I also like to knit when I’m there. One year my daughter and I made ornaments for our Christmas tree that we still bring out during the holidays.
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Pictured: Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, one of the many lakes for which Minnesota is known.(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Jamie Kennedy spends so much time on the road that he has his own travel drawer at home. On a trip to the Philippines, he had the chance to test his comedic chops before a foreign audience. (Mike Carano)
Kennedy on the Philippines:
I loved the people in the Philippines. They treated me like a rock star and knew everything about me. They were so respectful, but also so appreciative of my routine. I loved them! I learned a few phrases there, although I’m sure I pronounced them ridiculously badly. I felt very lucky to have gotten to see the country.
Pictured: Jewelry on display in Manila’s bargain district of Divisoria.(Pat Roque / Associated Press)
Guitarist Phil Collen gets to combine his love of travel and playing music live as Def Leppard tours the world in 2008. This year, his tour takes him through India, one of his favorite vacation spots. (Andrew MacPherson)
Collen on India:
The people, the culture, the history. It’s just an amazing place. And the food is out of this world. You just want to spend the whole day eating, even if you’re not hungry. Although I have to say, the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten ironically enough wasn’t in India, but in Bradford, England.
Pictured: The Taj Mahal(Scott Kraft / Los Angeles Times)
Singer Rick Springfield is back on the road to promote his new album “Venus in Overdrive. Born in Australia, the rocker calls nearby New Zealand one of his favorite destinations. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Springfield on New Zealand:
I was in Auckland in 1972, actually, and went to America from there. Back then it was like a one-horse town. It was funky and great, but it seemed very small. The town was backwoods with country for acres and acres. Then when I went back in 1991, it had changed so much. It was so cosmopolitan. It’s a small country, but has so many different aspects to it. I filmed “High Tide” in New Zealand. I played a cop who surfed -- and my character would go to different countries all the time. One minute he was in England, the next in France, then he was in America. New Zealand was the perfect place to be when you need a lot of different locations each week.
Pictured: The view from the deck at the Portage Resort Hotel on the Queen Charlotte Sound.(Amanda Jones)
Singer KT Tunstall takes an eco-friendly approach when she travels. Even when vacationing in the Maldives, the Scottish musician will turn down maid service to save on excessive water usage. ()
Tunstall on the Maldives:
I visited the Maldives on my first fancy holiday three years ago when I first had success and really needed to lie down for a week! I fell in love with it. What was incredible about the Maldives was that the entire island we were on consisted of sand. There didn’t seem to be any dirt. You could walk around for hours barefoot with your white trousers skimming the ground, and they’d still be pristine white.
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Actor and author Henry Winkler loves to travel and practice his favorite hobby, photography. A lover of nature and photography, Winkler is never disappointed by his trips to Montana. (Henry Winkler)
Winkler on Montana:
My heart lives in New York, where I was born and raised. My body lives in Los Angeles. But my soul lives in Montana. My wife Stacey and I have been going there since the early ‘90s and, no pun intended, we were hooked from our first trip.
Pictured: Glacier National Park in Montana(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
John Cho (left) reprises his role in “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” Though he cites San Francisco, Chicago and Montreal as a few of his favorite North American cities, the actor says there’s nothing quite like Paris. ()
Cho on Paris:
For tourists who enjoy going to see things, it can’t be beat. Everywhere you go, you find something that should be in a museum or in a book of photos somewhere. And the food is amazing. Everyone eats a ton in France, but they’re all thin. Paris is a pretty easy city to get around in, too.
Pictured: The Eiffel Tower(Benson Lee / Elephant Eye Films)