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Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder doesn’t waste any time. One day after the Christmas holiday, he’s making like Santa Claus and taking off for a cross-the-world-trip. Where is Ian heading? Read on to find out!

Ian is off to China! Earlier today, Ian shared an Instagram of himself holding his passport and plane ticket up. He captioned the snapshot: “Do you know this guy? Would you let him into your country? Hmmm-that is the question... An airline named after my home-the Mississippi River Delta, taking me to China... Very cool.” We think Ian’s international jetsetting is pretty cool in general.

Ian has had a good couple of days. In addition to the well wishes from his friends and family for yesterday’s holiday, he also got some very (Twitter) vocal appreciation from his fans. “Merry Christmas Ian Somerhalder” was trending yesterday. Ian grabbed a screenshot for Instagram and had this to day about the impressive effort: “Trending right now... Thanks Sister for showing me this! I have the privilege of being with the best fans IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas EVERYONE!”

Ian also happily shared his sentiments on what the holiday should be about to his Twitter followers on Christmas night: “Good night you beautiful world-Merry Christmas. I hope this season is about relationships i.e. friends and family rather store-bought things,” Ian tweeted on December 25. Sounds like Ian did have a Merry Christmas!

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, January 23 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!