With all of his duties as mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh doesn’t have much time to relax. But when he does, it’s Mayflower Beach in Dennis that calls to him. We caught up with the lifelong Dorchester resident to get the 411 on all-things travel.
Favorite vacation spot? Dennis, Mass. I rent a place at Mayflower Beach and really like it there. I love [the restaurant] Gina’s by the Sea, I like the Dennis Public Market. . . . I’ve been going to Dennis every summer over the past seven years and just find it very relaxing.
Favorite food while on vacation? Shrimp scampi.
Where would you like to travel but haven’t? South Africa. I’ve been reading more and more about Nelson Mandela, his leadership, and how he was able to fundamentally change South Africa. It would be great to experience the people, the culture, and to see where history was made.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? Toothbrush.
Aisle or window? I like the aisle seat because I don’t like looking out the window during takeoff. I don’t mind flying or landing — it’s just the taking-off part. I don’t like the feeling of taking off. I never did.
Favorite childhood travel memory? I traveled to Ireland during summers as a child and can remember my early years — as young as age 7 — running through the fields, and helping my family gather potatoes and other vegetables.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? Virgin pina colada.
Best travel tip? I like to check my bag in rather than take it on the plane. I watch people carrying their luggage on the plane, trying to fit it in the overhead compartment, and it always seems like a big hassle. I just think it’s easier to check it.