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Dane Cook loves coming home to Boston

Dane Cook will be flying high this weekend when the animated film “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters nationwide. Cook, 42, is the voice of Dusty Crophopper, a crop-dusting plane who dreams of bigger and better things. The Boston-bred actor and comedian lives in Los Angeles but says he is still a Bostonian at heart and loves everything about the city, especially the Red Sox and the camaraderie among the team’s fans. This fall Cook is launching a stand-up comedy program on Showtime called “Troublemaker.” We caught up with the wisecracking Cook to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? I love coming back to good old Boston: the people, the food, the weather (mostly), and of course the memories. If not a visit home, I love Hawaii. I’ve stayed on most of the islands and just find my time there rejuvenating and special. It’s also not a bad place to go with someone special. Dinner on the coast while watching the sunset is bliss. I mean, there could be a person drowning 15 feet away from you, but you still can’t help but smile and bask in the beauty of this majestic paradise.

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Favorite food or drink while vacationing? If I come home to Boston, I jump on a tandem bike with a gal pal and pedal up to Maine for a fresh lobsta right out of the dip — so fresh and the perfect meal for that long Schwinn bike home down 93.

Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? I would like to go to space. I have always dreamed of floating in zero gravity. It would also be exciting to look down and see the planet from way up there. It looks so calm and peaceful, making you forget how much violence and anger exists daily on this spinning blue ball of fear.

One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? I always have to have something to read, so a book or something on my iPad . . . that and my “Teen Wolf” sunglasses. I got them in high school so I could be more like my favorite basketball-playing wolf!

Aisle or window? I prefer the middle seat. Last row. Not gonna complain if they delay us on the tarmac for a couple of hours either. More time to study the “What to Do in Case of an Emergency” pamphlet.

Favorite childhood travel memory?
I really loved being in the car driving to anywhere; Mom sharing some Boston baked beans with us while Dad sipped from a Thermos I assume was filled with something healthy. No video games or smartphones — just the sweet sounds of the road and sometimes, if we were lucky, a discussion coming from Mom and Dad about how this vacation put us in the hole and they better make some money when we get home or this is our “last trip ever.”

Guilty pleasure when traveling?
I plead not guilty to any and all traveling charges.

Best travel tip? Don’t rush into anything. Make sure you take your time and smell the roses. Also, don’t travel with someone you hate. They tend to live up to their rep when you’re stuck on a volcano trying to get a cellphone signal after your tour guide ran off with your belongings. Oh, and bring a light sweater; everywhere on earth gets a little cool at night.

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