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    In the off-season, John Farrell more than manages

    Red Sox manager John Farrell, right, with Dustin Pedroia.  
    Jim Davis/Globe Staff/file/2013
    Red Sox manager John Farrell, right, with Dustin Pedroia.

    John Farrell will always be known as the manager who took the Red Sox from worst to first. After a dismal 2012 season, the Sox brought back their former pitching coach to turn things around. And turn things around he did, leading the team to its eighth World Series championship. We recently spent some time in the dugout with Farrell to talk with the Monmouth Beach, N.J., native about his off-season travel interests.

    Favorite vacation spot? Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Obviously the beach, the Mexican coastline . . . it’s about 40 miles south of Cancun, so that whole region is kind of a neat place. We had an opportunity to get away from the package-deal excursions and get out amongst the local people. I think that’s always much more interesting than going with something that’s predetermined.

    Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Caipirinha [a fruity drink made with cachaça, a Brazilian rum-like spirit made from sugar cane juice rather than molasses].

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    Where would you like to travel but haven’t? Costa Rica is on my list. I would love to go and experience the fishing there.

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    One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? Unfortunately, I can’t leave home without my phone.

    Aisle or window? Definitely a window, because I always get slammed into by the cart or someone walking down the aisle.

    Favorite childhood travel memory? We never went on a family vacation. We didn’t have the wherewithal. I do remember having a good time when, as a 13-year-old, I went to an overnight basketball camp in the Poconos.

    Guilty pleasure when traveling? Probably drinking before noon.

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    Best travel tip? Have lots of cash and travel light.

    JULIET PENNINGTON

    Juliet Pennington can be reached at writeonjuliet@comcast.net.