My life in travel: Joe Calzaghe

‘Tulum was like stepping back in time’

First holiday memory?

My dad’s from Sardinia, so we would always go there. My grandfather, aunties and cousins still live there, so I go back a couple of times a year. It’s a beautiful island, with gorgeous beaches and great food.

Favourite place in the British Isles?

A tie between the two cities where I live –  London and Cardiff. When I go back to Wales, I live 20 miles outside Cardiff, in quite a rural place. It’s nice to relax, but I love coming back to London because it’s so vibrant.

Best holiday?

Mexico. I stayed in Cancun, which is not exactly the nicest part, but I also travelled to Tulum. There’s this beautiful cove with an amazing azure sea and Mayan ruins above it. It was like going back in time.

What have you learnt from your travels?

Make sure you take the right medicine. I like to party and over-indulge when I’m away, but there’s nothing worse than waking up the next morning and not having some headache pills.

Ideal travelling companion?

My girlfriend. We’re both very busy, so sometimes we don’t get to see each other a lot. Holidays are a chance to spend some quality time together. The last place we went was Barbados, which was very relaxing, and also Moscow for a photoshoot, which was a little bit too cold for me. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to go back!

Holiday reading?

At the moment I’m reading my father’s autobiography [the boxing trainer, Enzo Calzaghe]. It’s one of the very few books I’ve read.

Where has seduced you?

Los Angeles. One of my friends has an apartment overlooking Hermosa Beach, which is endless and beautiful. It’s not too crowded, so it’s really peaceful.

In the city, I love going to bars and nice restaurants. I went to Soho House on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood last time, which had amazing views and great food. It’s completely different from the London one.

Worst travel experience?

Years ago, I booked a four-star hotel in Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, with my former wife and our son. We stayed for a week and it was terrible. The rooms were disgusting and my son kept getting bitten by something. It was so bad I had to find somewhere else to stay.

Best hotel?

The standard in Dubai is incredible. I’ve been a couple of times to recuperate after fights and it’s all really high-end.

Favourite drive?

From Las Vegas to San Francisco with a friend. You’ve seen that landscape in films, but driving through the desert and witnessing it up close is entirely different. We stopped along the way in remote places, where there were no cars or people, just stunning scenery.

Best meal abroad?

A place in Little Italy, New York. I went for the first time in 2001 and had this spaghetti vongole, with clams and tomato marinara. It was so good I ended up ordering another one.

Favourite city?

Rome, for the sights, restaurants and the history. New York to party and have a good time.

Where next?

Sardinia. It’s not the best time of year to visit the island, but I’m going back to see family for a few days. I’ll be at home with my boys for Christmas and then somewhere warm, possibly Barbados again, for a holiday early next year.

The retired Welsh boxer has teamed up with the BeatBullying campaign. To see how you can get involved go to: beatbullying.org/abw2012

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
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

    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...

    Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - Bedfordshire/Cambs border - £32k

    £27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...

    Recruitment Genius: Class 1 HGV Driver

    £23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...

    Day In a Page

    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas