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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Dexter Darden

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Dexter Darden has played everyone from the fictional Frypan in “The Maze Runner” franchise to embodying the spirit of the late civil rights leader, John Lewis, in Spike Lee’s film, “Son of the South.” His latest project is on the Peacock’s reboot of “Saved by the Bell,” where he plays a loner who’s looking to start anew at Bayside High. A resident of Los Angeles, the 29-year-old actor stays in touch with fans via Instagram ( and Twitter (

Q: What trip stands out?

A: Taking my mother to Egypt last year by far! She made sure I was well traveled, so it was an honor and dream come true to return the favor.

Q: If you've ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?

A: Last year I took my mother to Egypt for Thanksgiving and it was incredible! My mother and I got to see everything – the Great Sphinx of Giza, the pyramids, we cruised down the Nile River, toured temples, saw King Tut’s tomb. … It was also incredible just having the chance to dive into the traditional cuisine of Egypt and having a dining experience that you can truly only participate in when you’re immersed in that culture.

Q: What was the first trip you took as a child? And did you love it ... or not so much?


A: So, I have sickle cell anemia. My dad passed away when I was seven. I spent about six months out of that year in the hospital and they weren’t sure I was going to make it. So, Make-A-Wish Foundation was kind enough to grant me and my family an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World. It was incredible!

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. So far, Jamaica. But I would really love to get to Bora Bora.

Q: To someone who was going to Jamaica for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?


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