Q. What are your five favorite cities?
A. When it comes to cities, the king is certainly NYC. I really think Tucson, Ariz., in the winter is a funky place. My home city of Bozeman, Mont., is certainly the best mountain town. Delhi, India, is sensory overload in the most amazing way, a must experience for all. Maun, Botswana is like stepping back 100 years in Africa. The people are friendly, adventurous and fun.
A. I am a mountain kid and no matter where in the world, a mountain kid is a mountain kid. I have traveled to many mountain towns. Chamba, India at the base of the Himalaya is one place that I found kindred spirits. It was amazing how similar aspects of this place were compared to my home on the other side of the world!
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?
A. I want to go to Mongolia. It is so primitive in so many ways. The culture there intrigues me. The vast wild wilderness haunts me. And my father tells me that I have direct descendants from there, so heading to Mongolia would be a bit of a return to the motherland.
Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?
A. My backpack, my boots and my iPhone. I can go on just about any adventure with these items.
Q. What would be your fantasy trip?
A. I am still waiting for Richard Branson to invite me on his spaceship.
Q. What are your favorite restaurants?
A. This changes so regularly. My favorites are usually the ones I have never been to, the hole in the walls, the unheard of. New York City is full of them, like many cities. Often the best exploration adventure is just hitting the pavement and finding them.
Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?
A. I like to go and find a local cold beer and give it a taste test!
Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?
A. There are so many good digital resources out there that sometimes it can be overwhelming. I like to find a true local expert and give them a phone call. It always produces the most useful information.
Q. What is your best and/or worst vacation memory?
A. I remember watching wild wolves on a beach outside of Tofino, British Columbia. The only light was the Northern Lights. Magical moment. The worst? Simple. Staying up late with local mountain porters in India. Drinking some odd fermented concoction and then losing 25 pounds over the next two weeks, if you know what I mean. Ugh! Maybe the miracle diet we have all been looking for?
Q. If you've ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?
A. Sorry to keep going to it, but it is such a great place! Yellowstone during the holiday season is magical, covered in blankets of snow and peaceful. Go to Old Faithful during a full moon at midnight. It goes off every 90 minutes or so and, at midnight, there is no one there! So cool!
(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 @GoAwayWithJae where Jae-Ha Kim welcomes your questions and comments.)