Where I Go: Brooklyn Decker
If she’s not on a film set or at a cover shoot, the beautiful model turned actress and wife of Andy Roddick trades the glitz for the great outdoors. Her tips for camping on an Alaskan wildlife refuge (bring red wine!).Anthony Rotunno and Dana Mathews
To get away from it all, I go to . . .The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. I recently went on a Sierra Club outing there.
My favorite way to travel there is . . . It took about four planes to get to the Brooks Range, which was our base. We were about as “off the grid” as one could get.
My favorite place to stay is . . . Some of my best nights of sleep have been in a tent. I really love being outdoors. The third night there I woke up to the Northern Lights, which was one of the more spectacular things I’ve experienced.
My ideal travel companions are . . .My little brother came with me on this trip. He might be the only person I know who is more adventurous than I am.
My favorite travel pastime is . . . I recently switched from traveling with books to using iBooks. I’m still conflicted, but it definitely makes travel a bit easier.
When I’m in the mood for room service, my favorite order is . . . There’s no room service in the Arctic. That being said, it’s surprising how good camp food can taste when you’ve been hiking and rafting all day. My biggest indulgence on vacation is red wine, and I don’t discriminate—I’ll try any kind.
Upon arrival, I most look forward to . . . I try to read books about the places that I travel to, and I almost always have music playing. I love vacation, but folk, rock, and a bit of country always take me home and that makes me happy on a trip.
To stay in shape, my on-the-go fitness regime is . . . Rafting, kayaking, hiking—you name it, I’ll try it. If I’m not active on vacation I find it to be a bit dull; so wherever I go has to have rigorous outdoor activities.
My suitcase must absolutely contain . . . My music. I’ve been known to make trip playlists. There’s nothing better than taking a moment for yourself on vacation and playing your favorite tunes. The songs will always take you back to that beautiful time and place.
When it comes to luggage, I’m an . . . Underpacker, which sounds low maintenance, but it actually ends up being really expensive!
My favorite best-kept secret about Alaska is . . . The entire Alaskan Arctic is our country’s best-kept secret, in my opinion.
When I’m in the mood to paint the town red, I go to . . . Camping trips are actually great for “painting the town red.” You’re in the middle of the woods, and can pretty much do whatever you want with very little consequence. As a kid I remember my parents having a grand ol’ time. Now I just have to convince my friends that it’s fun being grimy for a few days!
Upon departing Alaska, I am most happy to leave behind . . . Dry shampoo. You have no idea how nice a shower feels after almost a week in the wilderness.