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Why Jamie Chung Loves Active Adventures Over Lazy Vacations

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Photo: Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg

Jamie Chung is kept very busy with the demands of life as an actor and style icon. But when she takes a trip, she'll still choose an active trip over lounging on the beach. It's getting to hike and climb some of the most beautiful landscapes that makes her feel refreshed. Fresh off a trip to Peru's Inca Trail outfitted by Eddie Bauer, Chung filled us in on her love for the outdoors.

For my husband (actor Bryan Greenberg) and me, a real vacation means going on an adventure. Taking camping trips, surfing in Costa Rica and Hawaii, hiking in Indonesia, biking through Vietnam—those are much more satisfying and bonding for us than sitting on a beach. To get away and recharge, we want a place where nature is our backyard—a place where you wake up and you’re just in it. And the thing about adventures, like this recent hike along the Inca Trail, is that there’s no turning back. There’s a goal, there’s a challenge, and ultimately there’s tremendous satisfaction. It’s that push that allows you to be surprised by what your body and brain can do. After a seven-hour hike at altitude, I was capable of doing it all over again the next day. I didn’t know I had that in me. When we nally reached the peak, it was the summer solstice, and the sun’s rays aligned through the opening of the stone Sun Gate. Rewards like that are invaluable. (Related: Jamie Chung's Workout Style Is Totally On Point)

See Everything

"We try to do at least one ski trip a year, we go on camping trips, or go surfing in Costa Rica or Hawaii. We had a really interesting culture experience in Indonesia. Indonesia has beautiful hikes, surfing and private beaches, it's pretty incredible." (Check out these wellness retreats for the culturally adventurous traveler.)

Drink In the Peak Experience

“After climbing to 8,000 feet above sea level, we got to camp above the clouds. When you can stand over the clouds and watch them roll through the mountains below you, it shifts absolutely everything in your brain. I remember just sitting there so enamored with the environment.” (Here are 15 active volcanoes you should climb now.)

Unplug, Reconnect

“We go on a quest whenever we have some time together; our trip to the Inca Trail was last minute, so we had just enough days to order our Eddie Bauer gear and go. Even when we have cell service, we try to stay off our phones besides capturing the occassional picture. We read books and spend time with eachother instead. It's nice that there are no distractions or interruptions—just wide-open possibilities.”

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Photo: Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg

Use the Buddy System

"Brian and I both loved the outdoors before we ever started dating. I went on day trips and went camping when I was growing up in San Francisco and Brian loves to push himself physically. Sometimes I don't know what I'm getting myself into when he plans a trip. Once he told me we were going on a bike ride in Vietnam but it ended up being like a 30-mile ride in 100-degree weather."

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