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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Adam Rodriguez

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Adam Rodriguez is known for his long-time roles on shows such as "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: Miami," as well as his work in films like the "Magic Mike" franchise. His latest project is Showtime's "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels." Born in Yonkers, New York, and currently a resident of Los Angeles, the actor says he's looking forward to returning to Italy one day. "It's an unlikely choice given the current global health crisis," he said. "But Italy is my favorite place to vacation. You've got great food and wine, mountains, beaches, beautiful countryside, not overly populated if you stay out of the major cities during the high season, friendly people and on and on. I have a very basic handle of the language. At times, it's still a challenge to communicate. I enjoy that. Having to figure things out with the use of hand gestures and little bits of English or Spanish thrown into my very broken Italian is a constant reminder that I'm actually traveling. That keeps things feeling a bit more adventurous." Fans may stay in touch with him on Instagram (

Q. Are you good with foreign languages?

A. I speak conversational Spanish and work to pick up bits of other languages when I can but retaining what you learn is difficult when you're not using it regularly.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?

A. Porto Ercole. It's a small fishing village about an hour and a half north of Rome. It's quiet, clean and beautiful.

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


A. My mom worked for United Airlines while I was growing up, so we got to take some great trips for very little money. These experiences made travel a very natural part of my life from a young age and I'm really grateful for that. The first trip I remember clearly would have been Disney World in Florida, but my favorite was Hawaii. I loved both places!

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

A. That people are the same the world over. Friendly, distant, open to strangers, closed to strangers, embracing life itself or running from it. Living to say, "Yes!", or dying to say, "No."

Q. Are you a street cart or fine dining kind of guy?


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