My life in travel: Gareth Malone
'My best holiday? Escaping to Tobago'
Saturday 19 April 2014
Gareth Malone is taking part in his first UK tour in May and June joined by his new choir, Gareth Malone's Voices. Their debut album, Voices, is out now (garethmalone.com/tour)
First holiday memory?
Dawlish Warren in Devon. There was a Wild West-style shooting range, with water pistols, on the way to the beach. It was broken, so you would put 10p in and it would last for hours. Now I'm a parent, I think how awful it must have been.
Favourite place in the British Isles?
That really winding part of Cornwall, from St Ives to the St Agnes coast. I went with my wife, hired a nice car and drove around. There's really good food, the Cornish people are great and there are loads of rambling walks. I'm much better with British holidays where you get one nice day and for the rest you're in a cagoule.
Escaping for Christmas with my wife to Tobago. It was great to get away. It felt so radical, not to go through the whole rigmarole. As the whole of England ground to a halt with snow in 2010, we were drinking piña coladas.
Ideal travelling companion?
My wife. We once went to Bordeaux and the wineries of Saint-Emilion, which was probably our most luxurious holiday. It was so hot, you could only make it from the pool to the restaurant. We didn't really drink a lot, we just drank really well.
Greatest travel luxury?
Hiring your own car. It's fun and a great way to explore. We have turned up so many times, hired a car and got hopelessly lost trying to find the hotel, but then you get that initial shot of excitement trying to place yourself.
Where has seduced you?
Scotland. I stayed on Loch Lomond a few years ago and went into all these little valleys around the loch. I went around the Trossachs and got as far as the foothills of the Grampians, where I made a mental note to go back. I love the wildness of the landscape.
The Dream Downtown in New York was fun. They have a pool above the lobby, with a transparent floor, so you can look up to see people swimming above you. It felt very sophisticated. You walk out and you're right in Chelsea, too.
From Hyannis, where the Kennedys holidayed in Massachusetts, up through New England, all the way to the border of Vermont and the White Mountains.
Best meal abroad?
We arrived in Sicily, got off the plane and drove to the island called Ortygia, off the coast of Syracuse. I found a restaurant which had one guy in the kitchen. He asked "do you like fish?" and out came this enormous squid. It wasn't quite what we were imagining, but it was amazing, simply fried it with olive oil and lemon juice.
I'd like to go to Italy this summer. I've been to Siena and Florence, but not the Amalfi Coast.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 2 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 3 Remove smartphones from the hands of under-18s and maybe they will grow up to be less dumb
- 4 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
- 5 Kate Moss on the naked Calvin Klein shoot and the obsession that ended her relationship
Atlanta travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
Travel insurance: Is it a fiddle when Rome airport burns?
The most powerful passports in the world
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...
£35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...
£23K: Guru Careers: We're seeking an experienced Membership Administrator, to ...
£32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...