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The VIP Lounge | Rex Burkhead

The VIP Lounge with Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead
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Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead, running back for the Patriots, was having an impressive season before being sidelined in mid-December with a knee sprain during the Pats-Steelers game in Pittsburgh. (The team is optimistic he will be back for the playoffs.) Born in Winchester, Ky., and raised in Dallas, Burkhead now lives in the Greater Boston area with his wife, Danielle. The couple honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii, in 2014. Burkhead said it was his first real vacation and called it “amazing.” We caught up with Burkhead, a University of Nebraska product who played for the Cincinnati Bengals before coming to New England, to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation destination? Hawaii. You can’t beat the views and the food was great. My wife and I went to Kauai on our honeymoon in 2014.

Favorite food or drink while on vacation? Beef Jerky.

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Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? South Africa. I have always wanted to go on a safari.

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One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My iPhone. You have everything on there and if there is an emergency . . . it’s good to have it.

Aisle or window? Window, to check out the scenery.

Favorite childhood travel memory? Playing random car games like Slug Bug. My brother, Ryan, was older and bigger than me, so I usually got punched!

Guilty pleasure when traveling? Chewy SweeTarts.

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Best travel tip? Get to the airport at least 30 minutes before you think you need to arrive. You never know what could happen.

JULIET PENNINGTON