While growing up, veteran Boston disc jockey Sue Brady Hartigan spent her summers with extended family — including her uncle, travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux — on Cape Cod. Theroux’s travel stories inspired her to see the world, but at the end of the day, there’s no place she’d rather be than her small cottage in Popponesset on the Cape. Brady Hartigan, who works at 100.7 WZLX at iHeart Radio, Boston’s Classic Rock, is also involved in numerous local charities, including the Julie Fund, Boston Rescue Mission, Back on my Feet at Rosie’s Place, and is on the board of directors at David Ortiz’s Children’s Fund. We caught up with the Stoneham native, who lives in Wellesley with her husband, Craig Hartigan, and with whom she has three children (18, 15, and 12) to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation destination? Our 600-square-foot cottage in New Seabury, in Popponesset. [It offers] easy living, an outdoor shower, plastic cups, and lots of sand. It’s our togetherness, the five of us.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I want to say something smart and cultural; however, truth: strong coffee to wake up to, smelling the beach, and New Zealand sauvignon blanc after 5 p.m. — OK, 4 p.m. — on my deck, with fresh ocean smells. Please refer back to plastic cups.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Italy. It’s been on the list. Why? Because carbohydrates are not sinful there; they are required, loved, and enjoyed sans the guilt.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? It depends where. If traveling by plane, Xanax. Then in the suitcase, a good bra. And finally, I never leave home without a good pedicure because I always end up barefoot wherever I go.
Aisle or window? That’s easy, the aisle. Two reasons: I always need to make eye contact with the flight attendants [so they can] reassure me we aren’t dying — I think I referenced Xanax in an earlier question. And then the other reason is so I can sneak purchasing multiple glasses of wine.
Favorite childhood travel memory? We were lucky enough growing up to spend summers on the Cape. My mom is from a big family and we have quite a few cousins that we would be with all summer. There were a handful of summers that my mom took care of two of my cousins from London and a few from [Washington,] D.C. and we would do chores in the morning, beach during the day, and put on plays at night. Lots of fond memories of sunburns and peanut butter and fluff sandwiches on the beach together.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? Napping. That includes my bare feet and wine.
Best travel tip? Always take my husband, Craig. He’s detail- oriented, focused, and in charge. Me? Not so much. But I am fun.