While exotic, far-away destinations may be on his mind, the reality is that Miami is about as far as Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg wants to go on vacation these days. It’s not fear of flying, but rather three young children who make flying long distances a challenge. Seidenberg, 33, who was raised in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany (in the southwest corner of the country near France and Switzerland), and now lives in Boston’s North End, is happy to be back on the ice after a severe knee injury last season. We caught up with the three-time Olympian to talk all things travel.
Favorite vacation spot? Now that we have three kids — ages 6, 4, and 2 — we like to go to Miami because it’s convenient. My wife has a lot of friends down there, so we will get together with them, go to the beach, and just relax. We’ll travel farther when the kids get a little older.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I like a variety of foods. It could be sushi, depending on where I am and what I feel like. When I’m in Florida, I tend to go with fish. I’m German, so I like traditional German dishes like bratwurst and red cabbage, and I love potatoes in our meals. Overall, I like to eat everything — but in moderation.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? My wife really wants to go to Hawaii. That’s a little far for me, but eventually I’ll have to bite the bullet and we’ll go. Maybe next year we might do that. It sounds great, looks great, and is one of the spots where she really wants to go.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? It sounds bad, but I would have to say my phone. Nowadays, if you don’t have your phone, you feel naked.
Aisle or window? Aisle, just because when you have to go to the bathroom, you don’t have to bother all the other people.
Favorite childhood travel memory? I think going to Italy with my family — my parents and my younger brother — every year. I think it’s like a five-hour drive from where I lived. I’m not sure what you call it in English, but in Germany, it’s a June vacation and we’d go every year to a place right by Rimini, by the Adriatic Sea.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? I would say ordering room service, which I don’t do a lot, but I do like the idea of it. Sometimes I can’t help myself and go with it.
Best travel tip? Try to fit everything into one bag that you can bring on the plane. I always give my wife flack about packing too much. When I’m on my own, I just try to go with one carry-on.