Shaun White Reveals the First Place He'll Take Girlfriend Nina Dobrev After She's Recovered From Bike Accident (Exclusive)

The Olympic gold medalist opened up about his upcoming travel plans while chatting with PEOPLE about his partnership with Aruba Tourism Authority

<p>Steve Granitz/FilmMagic</p> Shaun White and Nina Dobrev in March 2024

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Shaun White and Nina Dobrev in March 2024

Shaun White is looking forward to traveling the world again with girlfriend Nina Dobrev!

The five-time Olympian, 37, revealed some of the destinations he's excited to visit with the Vampire Diaries alum, 35, while chatting exclusively with PEOPLE about his partnership with Aruba Tourism Authority.

While Dobrev will still be on the mend during their travels as she recovers from her dirt bike accident, White says they’re excited to visit Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics in July.

“She's probably got another week or two and then she's off crutches which will be really nice,” the WHITESPACE founder says of his favorite travel buddy. “But yeah, we're planning on going to the Summer Olympics and cheer on some friends out there in skateboarding and fencing.”

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<p>nina/Instagram</p> Shaun White and Nina Dobrev


Shaun White and Nina Dobrev

The three-time Olympic gold medalist — who retired from his competitive snowboarding career in 2022 — adds that his girlfriend is handling her recovery more “diligently” than he did when he was competing in the games.

“She's such a trooper. I mean, she really took her recovery so seriously,” he tells PEOPLE. “She's icing, she's taking peptides, she's doing this everyday therapy. She's honestly more diligent than I was even while I was competing. So she's bounced back really quickly.”

The Love Hard actress was riding a dirt bike when she got injured and had to get surgery in May. She previously told her Instagram followers that she had a "long road of recovery ahead" following the incident.

While White is proud of Dobrev’s strict routine, he does note his concerns about attending the games.

“I'm a little nervous about the games with her — that's a lot of walking. We'll just get her some type of chair or something, but we'll style it out with some streamers and we'll make it festive,” he jokes.

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<p> Nina Dobrev/Instagram</p> Nina Dobrev recovering from bike accident

Nina Dobrev/Instagram

Nina Dobrev recovering from bike accident

In addition to traveling to Paris, White says he and Dobrev are looking forward to visiting their pal Aaron Paul at his “incredible” home in Idaho. After recently vacationing in Aruba, the retired pro snowboarder says Paul’s property is comparable to an island destination as he’s always so relaxed when he’s there.

“We went there last summer and he's invited us back, so I'm so thrilled,” White says of the Breaking Bad alum. “It's like, besides Aruba, the most incredible relaxing place.”

He adds that the spot is such a “unique and cozy” place as it’s nestled “in the woods with a stream” located nearby.

“It’s fun because it feels like family time,” he continues. “So we're excited to go hang with him out there.”

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<p>Aruba Tourism Authority</p> Shaun White hosting the Relaxathon in Aruba

Aruba Tourism Authority

Shaun White hosting the Relaxathon in Aruba

Of his time in Aruba, White says he had “so much fun” teaming up with Aruba Tourism Authority to host the Relaxathon.

The one-hour event held on June 13 saw 100 competitors from around the globe compete to win the title of “World’s Greatest Relaxer” and take home either gold, silver and bronze prize packages.

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White explains that every competitor had to wear a heart monitor and whoever had the lowest heart rate at the end of the competition was declared the winner.

“It was so much fun,” he recalls. “Aruba is a beautiful place — I'd never been before. The water was just so warm and still and blue. It's definitely one of those places that you see on your computer screensaver.”

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