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Marcus Thornton likes to unwind in Bahamas

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Thornton believes the Bahamas should be on everyone’s bucket list. “It’s so relaxing, and you can get away from everything without going too far,” he said. Thornton, 27, said his family didn’t have many opportunities to travel when he was growing up in Baton Rouge, La., so he enjoys vacationing with them now. We caught up recently with Thornton to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? It would have to be the Bahamas. I stayed for seven days at Atlantis, which says a lot, because if I don’t like a place, I leave and go somewhere else. I didn’t do the big slide into the shark tank, I was too scared. But we took a boat to a private island and spent a couple of hours there, which was fun.

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Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I like trying food that is specific to the area where I’m visiting. I don’t have one favorite kind of food or drink. I like to mix it up and try different things.

Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? The Dominican Republic. I had a teammate, Francisco Garcia, who was from there who played with me when I was in Sacramento, and he said it’s beautiful. He said I should go.

One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? I’ve got to have my toothbrush. And I would think a cellphone would be a given. Also my do-rag.

Aisle or window? Window, so I can lay my head on the window and go to sleep. When I’m in an aisle seat, I don’t have anything to balance my head on, so it’s tough. With a window seat, I put my jacket up on the side and I go to sleep.

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Favorite childhood travel memory? Going to Mexico with my AAU teammate’s family and getting my first fake Rolex. I was like 12 or 13, and even though I didn’t pay more than $20 for it, I really thought that Rolex was real – that is, until it started turning color on me.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? I’m actually a homebody, so when I travel a lot, I look forward to going home and relaxing. When I go on vacation, I try to work out, but sometimes I don’t get it done.

Best travel tip? Be observant. When you go to places you haven’t been to, see new things and notice them.

Juliet Pennington