If you’re one of NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh’s five young children, you typically need to keep your tiny carry-on bag packed at all times. “As a family, we’ve always loved traveling,” says the eleven-time NBA All-Star. “We’ve taken our kids to the Vatican, Rome, Florence—we’ve done the whole Italian backpacking experience.” Since last March, though, they’ve been staying closer to home in Texas. “We’ve done more hiking and things locally here in Austin that keep the kids active,” Bosh says.
Kids are the focus of his new book, Letters to a Young Athlete, in which he shares hard-fought lessons from his life on the court and via fellow legends like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. In anticipation of the book, out now, Bosh chatted with Condé Nast Traveler about his first unforgettable first-class flight, missing New York, and the city in France more Americans should see.
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His go-to plane outfit:
Both Greg Lauren and Ralph Lauren make very comfy sweats, and they look great. I try to look stylish and still try to be comfortable at the same time, and put on some comfy sneakers as well. It depends if I’m landing in a business situation. I don’t mind wearing business casual attire on the plane either, but if I had my choice, you’re probably going to see me in some nice, stylish, comfy sweats. Tom Ford makes some good ones, too.
His strategy for sitting comfortably on a plane at nearly seven feet tall:
I’m lucky that I can afford first-class seats. That’s a big plus. In business situations, that’s usually what I’m going to request and require, because they have the leg room. If I’m going to be comfortable, I want to have everything within arm’s reach. I want to make sure I have my carry-on right there with me. I can grab my book, I can grab my iPad and start sketching on it or writing if I want to. If everything is right there within my reach, I’m good to go.
His first-ever first-class flight:
It was right after college, when I declared for the NBA draft and teams flew you out to work out. They had the warm mixed nuts, and man, I mean, they had the movies right there. It was a Boeing 777; it was a big plane. It was just phenomenal. It was just experiencing a whole other world for me, especially at 19 years old.
Of all the cities he’s played in, the one he misses the most:
I’m going to have to go with New York. I have not been to New York [since the pandemic began]. New York was always that trip where—whether it was business or whether it was playing in the league—New York just has that flavor. It’s got everything you could want in the food scene. You could go hang out. We have a lot of friends there, and it’s just such a fun city. That’s definitely, definitely one of the cities that’s easy to miss right now.
The best vacation he’s ever taken:
The Amalfi Coast. My wife and I, we’ve been there as much as we can go, three or four times. You can’t go wrong. The food is amazing. The people are amazing. Seeing hotels and beaches on the side of cliffs and waves crashing in, it’s just spectacular.