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It’s the Cape and Machu Picchu for Joseph P. Kennedy III

US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III and his wife, Lauren at the 2014 RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala in New York City.Getty Images for RFK Ripple Of Hope

There’s no place like Cape Cod in summer, according to Joseph P. Kennedy III, the Brookline Democrat who has represented the state’s Fourth Congressional District since 2013. Born in Brighton and raised in Cambridge and Brighton, the Stanford and Harvard Law School grad lives with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Banjo, in Brookline. We caught up with Kennedy, 34, to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? There’s nothing better than the Cape in the summer. Being with family and friends and spending time on the beach or out on the water is always a nice break from the hectic schedule of Congress. Add Four Seas Ice Cream [in Centerville], and what could possibly be better?


Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Chocolate-banana milkshake. You’re on vacation, so why not?

Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Machu Picchu [in Peru]. I love being outdoors and don’t get to do it enough. The history of the place is amazing and the views look spectacular. It would be great to see it in person sometime.

One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? Probably my
iPad. It drives my staff crazy that you can get Wi-Fi on planes now.

Aisle or window? Window. Better for sleeping and trying to see new places. It’s also always nice to see familiar sights when you’re coming home — unless, of course, they’re covered in snow.

Favorite childhood travel memory? My aunt and uncle [Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Christopher Kennedy] share their birthday on July 4, even though they’re not twins. Every summer it turns into a not-so-mini family reunion on the Cape. It’s always been one of my favorite days of the year, culminating with a huge cookout and fireworks.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? Eating as much as I possibly can — new stuff and old favorites. Calories don’t count when you’re on vacation.


Best travel tip? Don’t travel with me. You will almost always get delayed at some point along the way and probably miss a connecting flight.

Juliet Pennington