Bucketlists, African Adventures and Traveling Around The World with Julianne Hough

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By Hilary Sheinbaum, Celebrity Interviewer

Julianne Hough made her mark in L.A. while competing on Dancing With The Stars, but the two-time TV show champ and Ohio native has lived in London and has traveled a great amount for work. The actress/singer/dance feels fortunate to have experienced it all.

“I’m a huge travel junkie. My husband and I love it so much,” she says. “We like to travel with friends, and have different adventures and experience different cultures.”

In an exclusive interview, we caught up with the starlet as she attended an event in New York Cityfor the new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card. Here’s what she had to say about summer travel, her bucket list and going to Africa…

Galavante:  Where are you traveling this summer?

Julianne:  We’re not sure yet! We’re in the thick of it trying to figure out what we’re going to do, because it’s our first year anniversary, his 35th[birthday] and my 30th[birthday]. It’s a good year to do something fun! We’re thinking we want to do water – so, we’ve got a Fiji, Tonga, swimming with wales experience, maybe. We have a Costa Rica thing, and then maybe like Greece or something. Brainstorming.

Galavante:  Have you been to any of those places?

Julianne:  Nope, I have not, and neither has he. We want to do something we haven’t done.

Galavante:  Besides those destinations, what else is on your travel bucket list? 

Julianne:  I want to see the pyramids and get on a camel. I want to go to Conga or Rwanda and see the gorillas. I love animals so much. Anywhere in Africa. We definitely got bit by the Africa bug when we went a couple years ago, and went for our honeymoon. We want to visit every country in Africa! That’s our bucket list, actually. I’d love to go to Argentina, Brazil and Spain because of the dance culture. I’ve actually never experienced it. I grew up doing Latin dancing, so I’m like, I should probably actually go. Probably necessary.

Galavante:  Do you take home souvenirs? Any from recent trips you’ve taken?

Julianne:  When we were in Kenya for our honeymoon, we went to the Maasai tribes and got to see the people. They make all this cool jewelry and it’s all by hand. We got a few pieces. As we were walking out, one of the men came up to me and put something in my hand, and he goes, “For babies!” and I was like, “Oh my!”  It was this hippo carved out of stone. He was like, “It’s good for babies.” I was like, “We’re not ready for babies! It’s not going to get me pregnant, right? You didn’t put a spell on it…?” but it was so cool. We have this little thing that this guy carved out. We kept it. We try to find little things. We have some African stools that we got when we were in South Africa actually. Yeah, just little things. We like to make our house feel like it’s lived in.

Galavante:  Are you the more adventurous one, or is your husband?

Julianne:  I’m probably more of the daredevil but he’s adventurous. He loves animals, and I love activity. It’s a great combination because Africa: we did safari and stuff like that. When we went to Seychelles, we went scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. When we were in Zambia, we did Victoria Falls with the Gorge Swing, and stuff. I like that kind of stuff like skydiving, and all that. He likes the animal experiences.

Galavante:  Do you have a regimen for packing?

Julianne:  I’m kind of silly. I never used to be like this, but I pick out outfits and take pictures of them, and put them all together in a folder in my phone, so then I only pack what I’m going to wear. I mix and match outfits and stuff but I try to do that, and when I started doing that, my husband was like, “Well, maybe I should do that.” I have a whole photo album of him in different outfits for different trips, but his face is miserable in all the pictures. We have our fashion albums so we know what we’re going to pack.

Galavante:  How about in-flight rituals?

Julianne:  On the plane, I have this pillow that I got as a wrap gift, it’s from Ralph Lauren. It’s a grey cashmere pillow, with a cashmere blanket inside with a cashmere eye mask. I literally have never traveled without it since as soon as I got it. I usually have a facial kit, especially if I’m traveling far, a toothbrush for sure. I get really weird about that. I always have my little bag of crystals that I bring with me, essential oils.

Galavante:  Do you unpack and put away your clothes when you check into hotels?

Julianne:  Always. That’s a big one for me. I have to unpack, even if we are only there for two days. I want to feel as at-home as possible. I unpack. I set up my side table by my bed the way I like it. Those things make me feel like I’m settled. Once I’m settled then I can just go for it.

Galavante:  Any other travel tips?

Julianne:  Do not over-pack [when traveling to Africa] because there’s a weight limit. They will not let you through. We had three bags. You’re only allowed to have one bag each, so we had to leave a bag at the airport. It happens! I left a bunch of stuff there. Definitely pack light.

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