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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Patrick Gilmore

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

A. Any small town that has just one of everything. One diner. One baseball diamond. One hockey rink. One grain elevator. One grocery store. One movie theatre. I always feel at home in small towns.

Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?

A. Years ago, I read "Eastern Approaches" by Fitzroy Maclean. Since then, I've always wanted to ride the Trans-Siberian Express. There's so much history along the main route.

Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A. I always take a camera, a guidebook on the destination and a Moleskine notebook. I use trips as a way to explore creativity as well as immerse in foreign cultures.

Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?

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A. Eating. It's this weird blindspot I have. It's almost like I believe any food outside my own home has zero calories. Who am I kidding? I don't count calories!

Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?

A. I always read up on the history as much as I can. Why waste an opportunity to see significant sights? I never want to regret missing out on something important in my travels.


(Jae-Ha Kim is a New York Times bestselling author and travel writer. You can respond to this column by visiting her website at You may also follow "Go Away With..." on Twitter at @GoAwayWithJae where Jae-Ha Kim welcomes your questions and comments.)



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