Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kevin Michael Connolly
Kevin Michael Connolly, photographer and author of "Double Take: A Memoir" (HarperCollins, $14.99), can now add television personality to his resume. The 27-year-old adventurer, born without legs, is the host of the new Travel Channel series, "Armed and Ready." A resident of Bozeman, Mont., Connolly was a medalist at the 2007 X Games' monoski event and on his show he challenges himself to try feats such as climbing a 50-foot tree in the Smoky Mountains and diving from a 40-foot cliff on Hawaii's Big Island. For more information on Connolly, check out his website at http://kevinmichaelconnolly.com/ or follow him on Twitter (at)KevinConnolly.
Q. Have you traveled to a place that you considered life changing?
A. Yes, definitely. I would say that my first trip abroad to Konotop, Ukraine, when I was a senior in high school, was most certainly life changing. It was the first time that I had ever been outside of the comforts of the United States. It was the first time I was seriously stared at, given alms and literally picked up -- all because I was different. The effect this realization had on me definitely influenced a lot of the work that has followed.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. If I have to pick a specific location, I would say Split, Croatia. The ancient ruins, combined with the seaside port and the amazing landscape make it a pretty tough place to beat. Given my druthers, though, I would always use a vacation to go somewhere I haven't been. Russia, you're on notice.
Q. To someone who was going to Split for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?
A. Definitely utilize the ferries that you can find at the port. They can take you to a number of less-inhabited islands for super cheap. You can go from a Balkan city to a Mediterranean island paradise for 40 bucks and a two-hour ferry.
Q. What are your favorite hotels?
A. Anywhere that has free Wi-Fi. Anytime I'm forced to pay for Internet service in a hotel, I briefly consider arson before coughing up my credit card. Ugh.
Q. What are your five favorite cities?