- Producer, actor, and writer
What trip changed your life?
Going back to Dakar, Senegal—where my father is from—when I was in college changed my outlook in terms of recognizing where and who I came from. There's nothing like reconnecting with your family, spending a summer speaking a language you don't usually get to speak, and appreciating your roots. I had been there when I was younger, but there was something magical about being there, willingly, in my twenties.
Food worth traveling for?
Oh, my God, the street fish in Phuket, Thailand. Hands down.
Who'd you invite on your next trip?
Abbi and Ilana from Broad City. Can I count them as one?
Best Airbnb experience?
New Year's Eve weekend, I rented a house in Malibu to finish writing the first episode of our second season of Insecure. The owner of the house had watched the show and was supersweet—she baked me cookies! It was the perfect getaway, and I finished writing.
Where have you felt like a local?
London. I was just walking, working, and writing, like I would do here in L.A.
Top on your list of must-go places?
Ghana. I've only been to my own country in Africa, and I want to change that.
Book recently read while traveling?
Michael Crichton's Travels.
Issa Rae, a native of Los Angeles, is the executive producer, star, and writer of HBO's Insecure and the author of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (37Ink/Atria Books).