I like reading the travel Q-and-As in the Boston Globe, even if I don’t know much about the subject, like today’s with Aisslinn Nosky, concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society.
Since I’m going to Chicago in a few weeks, I figured I’d take a crack at answering the questions myself.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Always Italian, although I don’t recommend eating “authentic New York-style Italian food” in Edinburgh, Scotland. They tried hard, but … yeah.
I mostly drink water no matter where I am, but my go-to airplane drink is orange juice.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? What was the last “Rick Steves’ Europe” I saw?
One of my wife’s college friends recently moved to Basel, Switzerland, and her pictures look really cool, so I’d definitely consider it! (Plus the company would be a lot of fun!)
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? Sneakers that provide a proper support, because we do a lot of walking. Not having them hurt my trip to San Francisco, because my hip, back and leg all hurt.
Aisle or window? Definitely window. My wife also prefers window, so we alternate.
Favorite childhood travel memory? My grandparents lived in DeLand, Florida, when I was growing up. Since I’m from New York, it was amazing that there was a place where it was warm all the time, and there were orange trees everywhere you looked.
Their house had a little front yard and back yard bordered by hedges, and there was an old railroad track at the end of the street. We went to Disney and Daytona Beach, and swimming across the street at a neighbors’ house.
I couldn’t tell you the street they lived on, and even though my memory may not be the most-reliable narrator, I can see in my mind what the neighborhood looked like.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? People-watching, which sometimes turns into strategic overhearing. (Don’t you dare call it “eavesdropping.”)
And even though it’s so stereotypically tourist, I can’t get enough of Times Square.
Best travel tip? Have fun, but be aware of your surroundings. Other people may be around, and they may not all be on your vacation.
Also, 9/11 was almost 17 years ago. Even if you don’t fly a lot, the security rules aren’t exactly a secret, so be prepared.