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Soap Hub Travel Tuesday: DAYS, The Bay’s Mike Manning Dives Into Adventure – Soap Hub

Mike Manning is soap-hopping and globe-trotting.
Mike Manning has been splitting his time between Salem — as Ava Vitale has conjured up her dead son Charlie Dale as a figment of her imagination — and Bay City, where he plays Caleb McKinnon. In real life, he does a bit of traveling, too. The Daytime Emmy-winner sat down with Soap Hub to talk about his favorite travels.
Soap Hub: Where is your dream place to visit?
Mike Manning: I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland and Scotland. Part of my family comes from that region of the world, and I remember my grandfather talking about it when I was younger. In fact, I have a trip planned there in a couple weeks. I’m spending New Year’s Eve at the Hogmanay Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and then after that, I’ll head over to Dublin, Ireland. I can’t wait.
Soap Hub: What has been your favorite place you’ve visited so far, and what inspired you to go there?
Mike Manning: I love scuba diving, so my favorite place that I’ve visited so far has got to be Bali, Indonesia. I traveled there several years ago for the diving and fell in love with the island. On one of the dives, I saw giant Manta Rays swimming above me, casting large shadows on the ocean floor. And then, a couple hours later, we explored a shipwreck. I find it difficult to disconnect sometimes, but something about swimming 60 feet below the surface of the water, listening to nothing but your own breath and heartbeat, really calms me down. That entire experience was magical.
Soap Hub: When you travel, do you stick to a schedule and plan everything you want to see and do, in advance, or do you show up with little idea and just go with the flow?
Mike Manning: I sort of do both. When planning a trip, I’ll look online at what other travelers say they enjoy about a certain place, or I’ll ask around to see if friends have visited there before. I like to approach travel with a loose plan, and then once I’m there, I let myself meet people and talk to locals and get pulled in different directions depending on what sounds fun.
Soap Hub: Do you stick to tourist areas, or do you immerse yourself in the local traditions/cultures?
Mike Manning: Of course, there are some places a person needs to visit depending on where he/she is traveling. I mean, you can’t go to Paris and not walk near the Eiffel Tower or explore the Louvre, but apart from the “must-see” attractions, I try to meet locals and walk off the beaten path, to experience the culture first-hand. I typically aim to get the touristy stuff out of the way early in the trip, and then I try to explore a place on a deeper level.
Soap Hub: Can you speak any languages fluently? Have you ever traveled somewhere where English wasn’t the primary language? If so, how did you navigate in the city and ask questions?
Mike Manning: For a semester of school, I lived in Monterrey, Mexico, as part of an exchange program. I lived in a giant apartment building with dozens of students in the program; I think there were 60 of us from 15 or so different countries. One of my roommates was from Portugal, two others were from Switzerland, the students across the hall were from France, others were from Germany, Spain, China….
We were a diverse group full of different languages, customs, traditions. I loved it. Because of that, my Spanish is pretty good. I’ve forgotten a little bit, but when I go back to Mexico or to, Colombia or Spain, or other Spanish-speaking countries, I try to speak as little English as possible.
Check out Manning on Season 7 of The Bay, currently streaming daily on Popstar! TV.
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Michael Maloney is a veteran Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter. As Senior West Coast Editor of Soap Hub, he’s on top of the latest news, casting, behind-the-scenes changes, and trends in the world of daytime drama. He can often be found on a red carpet talking to your favorite daytime stars. Michael wrote The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell, the authorized biography of the late William J. Bell, creator of both The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. He’s the former West Coast Editor of Soap Opera Digest, a past Contributing Editor at Soaps In Depth Magazine and has been on staff at Inside TV, Soap Opera Update, Soap Opera Magazine, and In Touch. Additionally, Michael has contributed to numerous publications including Variety, AOL TV, TV Insider, and TODAY. In addition to writing about soaps, Michael has also covered the world of primetime serials and reality TV. Michael has contributed to books on soap operas including The Bold and the Beautiful a 10th Anniversary Celebration, Days of Our Lives Better Living, and two tomes done by People Magazine celebrating General Hospital’s 50th anniversary and All My Children’s 41st /farewell. He’s a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication and has been on the production staff of BB. Michael also served as a creative consultant on the Pop TV series Queens of Drama. Michael’s career in soaps began soon after college when he worked as a CBS page on the sets of Y&R and B&B. Next, he landed a position on the production staff of B&B. A few years later, he was recruited by Soap Opera Digest to join the magazine’s west coast staff, eventually becoming the publication’s West Coast Editor. He has written for a variety of publications about television including TV Guide, TODAY.com, Variety, and The Boston Herald.

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