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    The VIP Lounge with LeAnn Rimes

    Award-winning singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes has travel aspirations that include going on an African safari, but she is happiest hopping in an RV with her family and enjoying time together. Rimes, 35, was born in Pearl, Miss., raised in Garland, Texas, and now calls Los Angeles — where she lives with her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian — home. Rimes, who is stepmom to Cibrian’s two sons, gained fame as a teenager with the release of her version of the Bill Mack song “Blue.” We caught up with Rimes, who is coming to New England (Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, N.H., on Feb. 1, and Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket, R.I., on Feb. 2) to talk about all things travel.

    Favorite vacation destination? I’m a huge fan of Cabo and Tahiti, but honestly, my favorite getaway is in our RV with the family. No matter where we end up, it’s fun.

    Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Depends on the destination.


    Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Africa. I want to go on a safari to see the lions, but I haven’t had time to go yet.

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    One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My iPad.

    Aisle or window? Aisle, because I drink too much water.

    Favorite childhood travel memory? My first trip to New York with my mother and grandmother when I was 6 years old and went to audition for “Annie” on Broadway. It was my first flight. [She didn’t get the part.]

    Guilty pleasure when traveling? Trying not to do guilty these days.


    Best travel tip? Always carry food — even if just a protein bar — and a bottle of water on the plane. Oh, and remember to breathe!

    Juliet Pennington