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Nancy Kerrigan’s coolest favorites find the sunny side

With three children — ages 6, 9, and 17 — two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan, 44, keeps pretty busy. “I’m always in the car,” she said. “Does that count as travel?” The Lynnfield resident said that even though they don’t get there as often as they’d like, her family enjoys Sun Valley, Idaho, where she said her 9-year-old son can walk to the local store on his own. We caught up with Kerrigan recently to get the 411 on all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? Sun Valley. It has such a great homey feel. Everything and everyone is so outdoorsy. You don’t have to get in your car to go to the store; you can just walk everywhere, and it’s safe.

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Favorite vacation food or drink? Local favorite foods with a tendency for fish.

Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? African safari. It would be great to see all of the majestic animals and how they live in their habitat. Not sure when we’ll get there, so for now there’s always Animal Kingdom at Disney World!

Aisle or window? Aisle. But actually, if I am with people I know, I’d rather sit by the window. But if I travel alone, I’d rather be on the aisle so I can get up and go to the bathroom without having to ask people to get up. I don’t want to bother anybody.

Favorite childhood travel memory? Disney World when I was 6 years old. We stayed somewhere outside of the park and I remember going on the paddle boats and trying to catch snakes. I also remember everything being so big, like at Epcot, and walking down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. It was magical.

One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? Chapstick.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? Spa visits and massages.

Best travel tip? Pack extra socks, underwear, and a shirt . . . and pack an extra [pliable] bag that you can just pull out and use if you need it.

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