the vip lounge | Sully Erna

For Godsmack’s frontman, it’s about the destination

For Sully Erna, frontman for Massachusetts-bred alternative metal band Godsmack, it’s the destination — not the journey — that matters when it comes to traveling. And while the 46-year-old Lawrence native may not enjoy the part about actually getting to his destination, he admits to having lots of fun once he arrives. We caught up with Erna — whose band just released its sixth full-length album, “1000hp,” and received the distinction of having Aug. 6 proclaimed Godsmack Day in Boston by Mayor Marty Walsh (“I couldn’t think of a better city in this world to be honored by,” Erna said. “Boston is the soundtrack to my life.”) — to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? So far it’s been Hawaii. I love the outdoor activities, the perfect weather every day, and the tranquil atmosphere.

Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Maine lobsters with prime rib and a really nice cabernet!


Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? South America. I feel a connection there, and I’m very curious about why. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Brazilian food.

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One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My iPhone. I know it’s sad to say, but between GPS, Google, and everything else it does now, it’s a survival tool more than anything in case of an emergency.

Aisle or window? Definitely window. I don’t like to be bothered on flights. I like to bring my water, iPad, and snacks, already have used the bathroom, and then I curl up and usually sleep. And I like the view!

Favorite childhood travel memory? I never traveled as a kid. We were too poor to afford it. Hahaha. For real.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? The PG version? Ummmmmm . . . I don’t know if there are any pleasures when traveling. The traveling part sucks! It’s the destinations that provide all the guilt and pleasures.


Best travel tip? Bring movies or good books — and lots of them.

Juliet Pennington can be reached at