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Awkwafina's Secret to Perfecting a Staycation

The Crazy Rich Asians breakout star talks to T&C about her favorite travel destinations and how she gets into vacation mode despite her busy schedule.
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Awkwafina is a crazy busy person. The actress and rapper's star turns last year in Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians were only the beginning. This month, she's in her first dramatic lead role in The Farewell, the true story of a family that decides not to tell their aging matriarch she has cancer; it was critically acclaimed at Sundance.

She has also just started filming—and writing and executive producing—her scripted Comedy Central show, Awkwafina, based on her upbringing in Queens with the great, Tony Award winner B.D. Wong portraying her father. And it was announced at Comic-Con last week that she will have a leading role in Marvel's upcoming film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the studio's first Asian superhero movie, which will co-star Simu Liu and the iconic Tony Leung. Then she's back on the big screen this December in Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Danny DeVito.

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It's no surprise then that Awkwafina has gotten really good at booking hotels and making herself feel at home wherever in the world she may be. So good, in fact, that someone christened her "the staycation queen." She's especially a fan of the app HotelTonight, which a costar introduced her to in 2015.

"With my schedule, it’s really hard for me to plan out two or three weeks on some island," she says. "Right now, it's important for me to find that vacation mode but still be close to home."

Earlier this year Awkwafina moved to L.A., but when she's in New York (like she is now, filming Awkwafina), she can do something she never did growing up in the city: actually stay in a hotel in the city. The Marriott Marquee in Times Square brings back fun memories—"In high school I used to ride those elevators up and down," she says—and she's also partial to hotels in Brooklyn, where she used to live before moving west. The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg is a favorite (especially for the food) and this weekend, she'll be stopping by the Williamsburg Hotel for a pool party.

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THE WYTHE HOTEL IN BROOKLYN.
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After filming on Awkwafina wraps this fall, the star's itinerary includes stops in Australia and Hong Kong. By now she's perfected her hotel regimen. First, she checks that her room has an HDMI cable so she can watch the shows she's into. Then it's maybe a room service order—she sticks to room service staples, like chicken tenders and Caesar salad. If in-room dining isn't an option she'll venture out into the neighborhood for groceries and beer.

"I have a little routine, I can definitely find home in a hotel now," she says.

So where are some of her favorite destinations? Unsurprisingly, Asia is at the top of the list, since Awkwafina spent nearly five months living there while filming Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell. Surprisingly, she confesses to loving Cincinnati so much on a recent trip she considered extending her stay. Same goes for Pittsburgh.

"These are two places where I really like the food," she says. Take the staycation queen's word for it.

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*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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