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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kevin Michael Connolly

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Media Services on

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 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?

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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?


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