Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, loves everything about Jamaica — the weather, the beaches, the people — but pictures he has seen of the Bahamas have sold him on taking a trip there soon. A native of Villa Rica, Ga., Crowder — who lives with his girlfriend, Dana Lambert, and their 2-year-old daughter, Jada — now calls Weston home during hoops season, and Miami home in the off-season. We caught up with Crowder, 25, to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation spot? Montego Bay, Jamaica. There is great weather, beautiful beaches, and I like taking tours of the local area. I like the way of life there.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Any pasta dish.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? The Bahamas. It looks beautiful from the photos I’ve seen.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My cellphone and credit cards.
Aisle or window? The window seat because I like to rest my head against the window if I fall asleep — which I try not to do on flights. I make sure I get a seat with extra legroom.
Favorite childhood travel memory? When I was about 8 years old, visiting Disney World and SeaWorld with my parents and siblings. I remember seeing Shamu and having a great time with my family.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? I like to stay awake and experience as much as possible while on vacation.
Best travel tip? I don’t like to sleep on a plane because I want to be able to get a good night’s sleep when I land so I am rested the next day and can do all the things I want to do and not be tired. If I’m with my teammates, I’ll interact with them, or play cards, read a book, watch a film — anything to stay awake.