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Fathom Questionnaire: Beth Riesgraf

by Beth Riesgraf

Fathom Questionnaire: Beth Riesgraf

Hometown: Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

Occupation: Actor.

Favorite destinations: Big Sur California, Ireland, France, Spain, Napa Valley, and road trips across America or any other countryside.

Dying to visit: The Maldives.

Bizarre travel rituals: I ALWAYS overpack — to the point of making my suitcase impossibly heavy. I do one version of packing where I put in everything on my wish list, then wait an hour and un-pack and re-pack in a more practical way. Not an easy task for me (or any other Virgo). Despite my best efforts, a baggage handler always comments that I must be going away for a loooooong time. I laugh, agree, and say, "You know us girls!" Little does he know it's only a quick trip with too many unknown variables.

In-flight relaxation regime: Lately I have a thing for aisle seats. Love 'em. Once settled in (air vent on low and water bottle and magazines in seat pocket), I open a pack of Milk Duds and turn on my TV in search of an episodic series like The Killing or a documentary about people getting lost in the jungle and surviving on ants. Fascinating!

Always in carry-on: Kleenex, hand sanitizer, water, gum, iPod, headphones, a good book, magazines, and movie candy.

Concierge or DIY? DIY. I love using the internet to plan my adventures, and there are so many apps that make discovering the best spots easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.

See it all or take it easy? Both. I feel like I missed out if I don't have a day or two of intense siteseeing. It makes for more of an adventure. And I love taking suggestions from locals — they always know the best spots.

Drive or be driven? Drive, unless it's New York. Then I like to take the train or hire a car for the night if I'm feeling fancy.

Travel heroes: Thelma and Louise. I mean...

Best hotel amenity: Comfy robes and nice-smelling bath products.

I dream about my meal at Il Mulino in New York City, and some little Italian restaurant outside of Lake Como, Italy. Best. Pasta. Ever. Also I can't stop thinking about Navarre in Portland, Oregon. I had a dish with octopus and cherries and fresh radishes with butter and salt. It was unexpectedly delicious.

Everywhere I go, I check out the farmers markets, parks, museums, spas, and bakeries.

When I arrive in a new place, I learn the lay of the land by walking, driving, and looking at a map so I can locate north, south, east, and west. Once I know which direction is which, my inner compass takes over and I only get lost 40 percent of the time.

I always bring home chocolate and a souvenir for my eight-year-old son.

I travel for the feeling of escape and adventure. I love taking photographs, so experiencing different cultures and scenery is always fun for me.

Beth is an actor currently starring on TNT's Leverage, which shoots in Portland, Oregon. She travels for the feeling of freedom and excitement.

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