Lance Bass is no stranger to travel. He spent the early part of his life touring the world as a member of *NSYNC and gets to hit the road for work and pleasure now. But, this month, his travel schedule was all about celebrating WorldPride.
While he traveled to two Prides already and has another one on the calendar, he kicked off the festivities as the special guest judge for Stoli Vodka’s Key West Cocktail Classic. “I’m totally excited about it because I’ve always wanted to go to Key West Pride,” he told me. “And I’m excited about this because I love a good cocktail competition. I love me a good cocktail, and I’ve been a fan of Stoli for a very long time for how they give back to the community.”
For the past six years, Stoli has celebrated gay bars as the original safe space for the community by bringing LGBTQ and allied bartenders from around the country to compete during Key West Pride for the opportunity to win money for the charity of their choice. They’re also releasing a limited-edition “Spirit of Stonewall” bottle, which honors the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
In honor of this, Bass chatted with me about his lineup of Pride parties, his most memorable travel experiences, and the one member of *NSYNC he’d like to travel with.
Q: Will you be traveling to other Pride celebrations?
A: I’ve stopped in many prides throughout my life. This I’m going to be able to do Key West, then Los Angeles, I’ll be heading to New York for WorldPride, which that’s going to be incredible too, especially with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall happening.
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Checking out the “Spirit of Stonewall” mural in #KeyWest painted by @lisamariestudio this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising! #ad You can check out the art on @Stoli’s new limited-edition Spirit of Stonewall bottle too – available on ReserveBar now! #stolipride #LoudandClear #keywestcocktailclassic
Q: That’s a lot of traveling! Do you have a non-Pride bucket list destination?
A: I mean, I’ve been to pretty much all the places that I’ve wanted to go. The only place that I haven’t been yet is Bora Bora. It looks just beautiful; one day I would like to swim in those crystal-clear waters. I’m a tropical guy for sure. I grew up in the south, so we like our hot weather. So, give me a beach any day.
Q: Obviously, you’re recognizable when you travel now. How do you respond to people who say they know you from somewhere?
A: It’s funny because most of the people pretend they don’t know who I am. They’re like, wait a minute, aren’t you, aren’t you from the Backstreet Boys? I never correct them. I’m like actually I’m not. They just I’m crazy.
Q: What’s the one thing that you have to travel with?
A: My iPad. Yeah. I live off that thing when I’m traveling. I’ve had the same iPad for as long as I’ve been dating my husband, so almost 10 years. So that tells me right there that Apple can make a product that doesn’t go obsolete after every year. Cause this one’s still going, and it’s fine.
Q: What’s your most memorable travel experience?
A: I experienced a lot especially when I was touring within *NSYNC. We lived in Germany for a couple of years, and so we got to really know western Europe. And one of my favorite places to go was a place called Lichtenstein. It’s close to Switzerland, and it’s just a beautiful, beautiful country that has mountains and rivers. That’s my type of place. We played Lichtenstein a lot.
Q: Do you have any travel tips that you’ve learned from your years of touring?
A: You always want to have a backpack with you full of at least two changes of clothes, especially underwear and socks. And always have your toiletries on you because if they lose that bag, you’re going to be in a bind, especially when you’re traveling overseas.
Q: You traveled so much when you were young. How do you think that shaped you?
A: It changed everything about me. When I joined *NSYNC, I might have left the state of Mississippi three times, and that was like to Disney World. Once I joined *NSYNC, we immediately moved to Europe and I was definitely a fish out of water over there. I just had to really grow up very quickly. But I love it because I know at such a young age, I got to be influenced by so many different cultures. It’s good to be the minority somewhere. I think everyone needs to feel what it’s like to be in the minority because you’ll just have a better understanding of the world.
Q: Ok, so if you had to pick one member of *NSYNC to travel with now, just the two of you, who would it be?
A: That’s a good one. I’ve never been asked that question. I guess each guy would be different for different reasons depending on what kind of traveling and vacation I wanted. If I wanted to go see different countries and cities and really get to know the culture behind it and see beautiful places and taste all the food, I would definitely choose JC. If I wanted to let my hair down and have a good time and see some of the fun places around the world, that would be Joey Fatone.
Q: And obviously you guys traveled together a lot when you were on the road. Were there any road rules that you guys had so you could survive being with each other all the time?
A: Yeah. No, number two on the bus. That’s the golden rule of the road. Don’t do that, and we can get along good.
This article was originally sourced from here.