My Life in Travel: Edward de Bono

'I was made King of Launceston in Tasmania for a week'

First holiday memory?

When I was young and living in Malta, there was a war on so you couldn't take holidays. My first holiday memory is when I was 15 – I went fruit picking in East Anglia and then hitch-hiking along the Great North Road, during which time I met a lovely lady called Pat. I didn't see her for 60 years and met up with her again recently. She's still a lovely lady.

Best holiday?

Bora Bora in French Polynesia, several years ago. I stayed in a little hut that you stepped out from on to the beach and you could go swimming in the ocean. It was lovely.

Favourite place in the British Isles?

Oxford, where I studied, and the countryside around it; the Cotswolds are very attractive.

What have you learnt from your travels?

To be accommodating and adaptable and not to have great expectations. You shouldn't have preconceived ideas of what a place should be like. A lot of my travel is for business, for which I have to be as flexible as possible.

Ideal travelling companion?

I have an assistant who is competent and flexible and organises things for me to make travel easier when I'm away for work.

Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?

As a youngster I had my dose of beaches and sand on Malta. Now I enjoy culture to some extent, but I don't jump off mountains. What's important for me is the escape, the change, peace and sometimes excitement.

Greatest travel luxury?

Organisation: what's ideal is someone who picks me up, takes me to the airport and makes sure I get on the plane, then at the other end someone else meets me and takes me to my hotel.

Holiday reading?

I don't take heavy reading with me – usually magazines, including trashy ones.

Where has seduced you?

Australia, I wrote a book five years ago called Why I Want to be King of Australia. It was very well received. I particularly like Tasmania, which feels about 20 years behind the mainland. They once made me King of Launceston for a week.

Better to travel or arrive?

To arrive. Travelling is quite tiring. I once counted that I had travelled 250,000 miles in one year, which is greater than the distance to the moon.

Worst hotel?

Modern, designer hotels where it takes you half an hour to turn on a tap or the lights in your room. They're designer-mad and nothing to do with usability. Even flushing the loo can be a big operation.

Worst travel experience?

Frankfurt airport is a terrible place for changing planes. It's huge, there's bad signage and it's a real pain.

Best hotel?

Badrutt's Palace in St Moritz, which is probably one of the first hotels I ever stayed in.

Favourite walk/swim/ride/drive?

I walk when I can; I particularly enjoy walking in New York. It's a very walkable city, particularly Midtown.

Best meal abroad?

A meal in southern Bulgaria at the top of a mountain in the Rhodopes. I had an excellent meal of a sheep roast, which was given by the local communist chief. It was good food with lots to drink and I think we finished at 6am.

First thing you do when you arrive somewhere new?

Orient myself to see and know what's around. I like to position myself.

Dream trip?

I've done many cruises, but I'd love to do a round-the-world one. I recently did an enjoyable cruise to the Shetland Islands and Iceland.

Favourite city?

New York – I'm not entirely sure I'd like to live there, but there's a lot going on and I've got friends there and an apartment in Central Park South.

Where next?

I'm going to Malaysia and Australia to an international thinking conference and some seminars.

'Think! – Before it's Too Late', by Edward de Bono, is published on 3 July (Vermillion, £16.99)

PROMOTED VIDEO
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
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

    Recruitment Genius: Accounts Administrator

    £16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

    Recruitment Genius: Personal Trainer / PT - OTE £30,000 Uncapped

    £25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...

    Investigo: Finance Analyst

    £240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...

    Ashdown Group: Data Manager - £Market Rate

    Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...

    Day In a Page

    A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

    A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

    Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
    Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
    Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

    Scarred by the bell

    The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
    Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

    Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

    Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
    Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

    Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

    Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
    The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

    The Locked Room Mysteries

    As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
    Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

    How I made myself Keane

    Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
    Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

    Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

    Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
    A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

    Wear in review

    A look back at fashion in 2014
    Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

    Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

    Might just one of them happen?
    War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

    The West needs more than a White Knight

    Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
    Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

    'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

    Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
    Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

    Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

    Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
    The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

    The stories that defined 2014

    From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
    Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

    Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

    Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?