Let Henry Golding Help Plan Your First Post-Pandemic Trip


Before Henry Golding was cast as Nick in the 2018 blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, he actually had an equally sweet gig. As the host of the BBC’s The Travel Show, he explored many corners of the world, and now that travel is becoming possible again thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, he is itching to do so again. “We’ve spent enough time in our own little zone that a bit of travel is the best medicine for the soul,” he tells AD

To help people get back to traveling, Golding is partnering with Affirm as the payment plan company gives seven people $5,000 toward their dream vacation every week in June, and one person $15,000. (To enter, you must submit a photo here that corresponds with a weekly theme.)

Born in Malaysia, raised in England, and now a resident of Los Angeles, Golding is an outdoor adventurer with an abundance of travel tips to share—read on to learn his favorite destinations, what he looks for when booking accommodations, and the one thing he’s seeking advice on. 

Architectural Digest: Now that things are opening up again, where are you dying to go?

Henry Golding: Anywhere but where I have been for the past year and a half! But actually, to be honest, my wife and I moved to Los Angeles probably six months prior to the first lockdown, and being there gave us the ability to really venture out and explore California, which we thoroughly loved. We went to Yosemite, Big Bear, and all these beautiful places. I think exploring a little bit more of America would be fantastic—South America especially. I had a very quick visit to Mexico City, but I’d love to venture down to Ecuador. I’m in London right now, and coming back to Europe has been a godsend. Seeing family and things has been great. I’d love to get myself back to Asia at some point. I have been missing the food, coconuts on the beach, the laid-back atmosphere. We used to travel to Bali a lot when we were living in Singapore. I have been yearning to head back there.

It sounds like you are sort of an adventurous traveler, but when you are staying in a nice hotel, what do you look for?

Location, location, location. Actually, the older I get, the less interested in hotels I am. I find myself veering toward more short-stay apartments, which can be kind of in a similar price bracket, but you find them located so much closer to the action and what is happening. You really have this sense of being a local. You don’t want to visit a country and feel like a tourist. You want to go and mix in with everybody around you. It gives you the ability to really hang out at local coffee shops and go to those small restaurants and really enjoy it. 

Tell us about a rental that really impressed you.

One of my favorites was Venezia. We stayed within the canals in the middle of Venice and it was the most beautiful thing. Architecturally it was just stunning. They have really tried to look after the heritage of the buildings there. You have to drag your suitcase probably about a mile into the little pocket where the apartment is, just because there are no roads. But we called that home for about a week. We just loved being able to explore.

For any Americans planning to travel to Asia, what are some of the destinations you think they should consider?

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