The VIP Lounge: Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle will be in the area to perform solo and also with the Go-Go’s.
Belinda Carlisle will be in the area to perform solo and also with the Go-Go’s.

The Go-Go’s provided the soundtrack to many young adulthoods, with hits like “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We’ve Got the Beat.” Even though the group officially disbanded more than 30 years ago, its members have reunited over the years for select performances and plan on embarking on an 18-date farewell tour this summer (with a stop at the House of Blues in Boston on Aug. 8) Lead singer Belinda Carlisle has forged a successful solo career and will perform at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly on April 15. We caught up with the 57-year-old California native, who is married and has a 23-year-old son, to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? India is always my favorite place to go. I prefer divine chaos to a quiet beach any day.

Favorite food or drink while vacationing? While I’m in India, I always drink salty lime soda with a little sugar. It’s refreshing and a perfect way to avoid dehydration.


Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Mongolia, Bolivia, and Siberia are all on my list, along with Iran, which I hope to see in April 2017. Of course I’d love to see Afghanistan, but that probably won’t happen in the foreseeable future.

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One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? A good moisturizer.

Aisle or window? Window if I’m traveling business or first class (I do like looking out the window). Aisle if I’m traveling economy — which I do from time to time if it’s a short flight — because I get claustrophobic.

Favorite childhood travel memory? Going to Las Vegas in the 1960s in my parents’ camper. It was so glamorous and exciting to see all of that neon.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? I love room service, and of course pressed laundry, which I don’t get at home.


Best travel tip? I do use TripAdvisor and I do a lot of research online and read books on wherever I am traveling to. I also love to walk, so I would advise fellow travelers to do research and buy a great pair of walking shoes. I would also advise you all to eat the local cuisine; you will discover amazing things.