Ac­tress finds self through trav­els

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel - By Jae-Ha Kim

Ac­tress Lind­say Price says her first trip to Maui sur­prised her be­cause she felt so com­fort­able. “It was less the sur­round­ing and more the peo­ple,” she says. “Be­ing mixed grow­ing up, I never really felt like I fit in any­where. But when I went there for the first time, I felt com­pletely at home. The peo­ple are of all dif­fer­ent Asian cul­tures and mixes.

They are Amer­i­can. They are Hawai­ian. And the Hawai­ian cul­ture is all about fam­ily. Ohana. I just got it. Also, I learned I am a hapa — half Asian, half white. They have a word for what I am. I was like, ‘Yeah. This is my place.’ ” Price, 41, is one of the stars of the ABC se­ries “Split­ting Up To­gether.” She re­sides with her hus­band, celebrity chef Cur­tis Stone, and their chil­dren in Los An­ge­les.

An edited ver­sion of our con­ver­sa­tion fol­lows.

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion?

A: So far it has been Mal­lorca, Spain. Other than get­ting mar­ried there and ob­vi­ously hav­ing dreamy mem­o­ries of the is­land, there is some­thing mag­i­cal about the seameets-the-coun­try­side vibe there. It has fairy-tale vil­lages, and there is an artists’ haven soul to the is­land that res­onates with me per­fectly. It’s chic, old-world Europe. The first thing you must do is visit the lit­tle town of Vallde­mossa. Walk the cob­ble­stone streets and ab­sorb the cul­ture a bit. Fol­low the steps of Fred­eric Chopin, who lived there and wrote, (and maybe) gain some in­spi­ra­tion your­self.

Q: What was the first trip you took as a child?

A: It was in an RV with my fam­ily (go­ing) from Los An­ge­les to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and the se­quoias and Mount Zion. Set­ting out onto the open road with my fam­ily with noth­ing to do but ex­plore and share an ad­ven­ture was the sin­gle joy­ous thing for me as a kid. Hon­estly, Cal­i­for­nia alone has some of the most in­cred­i­ble na­ture and land­scape in the world.

Q: What is the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned from your trav­els?

A: Per­spec­tive. It is so im­por­tant to see the world from out­side your own per­spec­tive. Travel is the best way to gain em­pa­thy for oth­ers, to un­der­stand your po­si­tion in the world and have grat­i­tude for your life. There is so much won­der to be seen. I feel it con­nects me to those that I love. I feel there is noth­ing like a new shared ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween loved ones. Each time I take a trip, I don’t feel that travel is as much of an es­cape as it is a re­turn to my true self.

Q: Do you ever spend time away from home dur­ing the hol­i­days?

A: The best hol­i­day trip I ever took was last year. We rented a cabin in Mam­moth Moun­tain for 10 days. My dream of be­ing snowed in came true. We had all the peo­ple we loved in one place, and no one could leave! (laughs) It was a win­ter won­der­land — lots of fire­place talks and laughs, fuzzy slip­pers and hot choco­late. It was an ab­so­lute dream.

Q: What’s on your travel bucket list?

A: I’m dy­ing to see the North­ern Lights, maybe in one of those in­cred­i­ble glass-ceil­ing ho­tels. Also, I have not ex­plored Italy and France like I need to. I think I might be French deep down. I need to know for sure.

Q: What would be a dream trip?

A: A long stay in the Ital­ian coun­try­side. Also, I would love to ski the Swiss Alps, or maybe Courchevel.

For more from the re­porter, visit www.jae­hakim.com.

CRAIG SJODIN/ABC

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