My Life In Travel: Alan Hansen

'I enjoy shopping in New York. We go as a family every December'


First holiday memory?

My family used to go to Ayr, in Scotland. We first went in 1958 when I was three and continued to holiday there for about 10 years. I loved it. There was a big house with a putting green at the front, and the first thing I did when I arrived was get on to it. My mum's still got pictures of me holding a putter that's about four times the size of me.

Best holiday?

Last year, my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and treated ourselves to a trip to Sandy Lane, in Barbados, with our two kids. We had a fabulous time.

Favourite place in the British Isles?

I like London but I don't know if I could live there. Anywhere in the north of Scotland is exceptional. I like places for their beauty.

What have you learnt from your travels?

How important it is to be organised and to make sure that nothing is left to chance. You should check out the hotel you're going to be staying at and the arrangements for getting to the airport. The start of a holiday is vital.

Ideal travelling companion?

My wife. We travel a lot together.

Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?

My wife enjoys culture and I like the beach.

Greatest travel luxury?

I always forget to take a phone charger, which I suppose is more of a necessity than a luxury.

Holiday reading?

The last book I read was Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. I like thrillers because I need something that'll keep me engaged and that I won't want to put down.

Where has seduced you?

Bermuda. I went for my honeymoon and then again for my 40th birthday. When I first went there was hardly any traffic and we cycled a lot. These days, though, there's an unbelievable amount of traffic.

Better to travel or arrive?

It depends what you're doing. If you're going on holiday, it's great, but it's a different story if you're going somewhere you don't want to be. I fly a couple of times a week, mostly for work.

Worst travel experience?

I've been pretty fortunate. My worst experiences are always delays. I was stuck in a Romanian airport for eight hours when I was playing for Scotland in 1975. That wasn't great.

Worst holiday?

We made a mistake of going to an all-inclusive hotel in Antigua. If you go on that sort of holiday, it has to be a really good hotel. The beaches were great but the accommodation was fairly awful.

Worst hotel?

The hotel in Antigua.

Best hotel?

Sandy Lane, in Barbados. It's a fabulous hotel with an amazing beach and fantastic food.

Favourite walk/swim/ride/drive?

I don't swim, and I'm not great on horses, but I love the drive along the Pacific Coast in California; the scenery is great.

Best meal abroad?

At a restaurant called Vilamoura, in Camps Bay, South Africa; we went for Sunday lunch and it was fantastic. We had sensational seafood, which just kept coming, and a few bottles of wine, and the sun was shining.

First thing you do when you arrive somewhere new?

Check out the hotel.

Dream trip?

To Pebble Beach, in California, which is a golf resort on the coast.

Favourite city?

New York. I just love it. We go as a family every December and although I hate shopping, for some reason I enjoy doing it there.

Where next?

To Pebble Beach!

'The FA Premier League Super Quiz with Alan Hansen' interactive DVD is in shops now

News
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (R) and Boris Johnson, mayor of London, talk on the Andrew Marr show in London April 26
General electionAndrew Marr forced to intervene as Boris and Miliband clash on TV
News
peoplePair enliven the Emirates bore-draw
Arts and Entertainment
tvPoldark episode 8, review
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: MI Developer

    £35 - 45k: Guru Careers: An MI Developer is needed to join the leading provide...

    Recruitment Genius: Fitness Manager

    £20000 - £22500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leisure organisation manag...

    Recruitment Genius: Visitor Experience Manager

    £25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Delivering an inspiring, engagi...

    Recruitment Genius: Learning Team Administrator

    £17500 - £20500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are looking for a great te...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
    Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

    Confessions of a former PR man

    The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

    Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

    Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
    London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

    The mother of all goodbyes

    Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
    Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

    Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

    The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
    Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions