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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Dhani Jones

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones traveled constantly playing for teams such as the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals. The author of "The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey," Jones' latest project is the CNBC series "Adventure Capitalists." Along with fellow investors -- gymnast Shawn Johnson East, freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom -- Jones tests out new inventions in the great outdoors, giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to win money to work on their ideas. "This is our hard-earned money that we are investing, so we want the best inventions," says Jones. "It's not just for show! We don't want to lose money with our investments."

Q. Did you travel much as a child?

A. Yes. Both my parents were military, so we traveled quite a bit when I was younger. I remember one time we lived in Okinawa. I still remember bits and pieces here. It was so beautiful.

Q. Do you pick up foreign languages easily?

A. Not really. I can speak Spanish pretty well. When I was younger, I could speak Japanese, but I have retained none of it, unfortunately. I can hear things in German and French and understand it, but by no stretch of my imagination can I speak French or German.

Q. You got to shoot in the Moab desert. What was that experience like?

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A. It's probably one of the most beautiful places that you could ever go. It's a serene environment. I was lucky that we got to film there. I would return for a vacation in a heartbeat. There is so much to explore there.

Q. Do you prefer relaxed vacations or ones where you're on the go?

A. I'm an outdoors kind of guy. I'm the type of person who rides mountain bikes, kayaks and hikes. I enjoy adventures. I like being in a juxtaposition of mountains and snow.

Q. Where have you enjoyed some tasty meals?


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