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Valerie Chen is the former Deputy Digital Editor for TravelAge West, Family Getaways and Explorer magazines. Though her ship-to address has always included a Southern California zip code, each and every new destination she visits — no matter the distance from Los Angeles — somehow manages to exude a familiar “home sweet home” feeling. She will admit that tasting as much local food as possible is of utmost importance when traveling, and the more adventurous her trips, the better.
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