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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Patrick Gilmore

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

A. A couple of years ago, I took a week and drove the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to Vancouver, hugging the coast the entire way. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again and can't recommend it enough. (There are) many differing landscapes accompanied by world-class sunsets every night.

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?

A. My parents traveled a lot with me and my brother growing up. I couldn't tell you my first trip. My first passport precedes my first memory, but I have always loved exploring somewhere new.

Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

A. Being in a new place heightens your senses. I think that's key to staying present and making the most of your trip. Don't get lazy and don't slip into your home routines. Mix it up and learn something new about yourself.

Q. Can you name one trip that really stands out?

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A. Last year, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and my biggest takeaway was a lesson about myself and my endurance. It was a seven-day climb and my body told me I was done after day one. I now recognize that I have reserves I didn't know I had before and my mind is stronger than my legs. That first night after the two-day climb down off of Kilimanjaro, I had a hot shower and almost cried (because) it felt so good. I slept in a real bed with the window open and the breeze made the mosquito netting dance. I could feel my body begin to heal and I fell asleep to the sound of exotic birds.

Q. What are your five favorite cities?

A. In no particular order: London, New York, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Flin Flon (Manitoba).

Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?

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