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VIP LOUNGE | Emily Bautista

The VIP Lounge with actress Emily Bautista

A touring production of “Miss Saigon” brings Emily Bautista (pictured in Mexico) to town.
A touring production of “Miss Saigon” brings Emily Bautista (pictured in Mexico) to town.(Nicole Howe)

Born in Acton and raised in Simsbury, Conn., Emily Bautista is excited about her return to New England as the lead in the North American tour of “Miss Saigon,” which is at the Boston Opera House June 12-30. “I have lots of family and friends here, so it will be good to see them,” Bautista, 21, said recently. The New York City resident said she loves playing Kim, a role she played as an understudy in the revival of “Miss Saigon” on Broadway. “She is one of the strongest women I have ever gotten to play on stage,” Bautista said. Most recently, she played Eponine in the North American tour of “Les Miserables.” We caught up with Bautista to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation destination? The beach — any beach that has a beautiful view and good food. I just love the ocean.

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Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Bread, cheese, wine, and any type of Asian food. A weird mix. but I think those are my favorite foods in general.

Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Japan and Italy. I think the cultures are so interesting and I’m drawn to the food.

One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? ChapStick. [C.O. Bigelow] Rose Salve is my favorite [lip balm].

Aisle or window? Window. I like getting a bird’s-eye perspective.

Favorite childhood travel memory? Going to the Philippines when I was 6 or 7 years old and snorkeling in the ocean. We have a big family and we went to one of the islands with my cousins. I love the ocean and just remember having so much fun.

Guilty pleasure while traveling? Eating too much — I love crème brulee — and experiencing the night life.

Best travel tip? Don’t overpack — and get packing cubes; keeps everything organized. . . . Also, bar shampoo — [it’s] eco-friendly and travel-friendly.

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JULIET PENNINGTON