Singer and TV presenter Aled Jones talks about his travels, including the oddest place he’s been recognised and bomb-scare terror on a flight
Singer and TV personality Aled Jones checks in to our travel Q&A
This week Aled Jones, the Welsh singer and radio and television presenter, checks in to our travel Q&A.
He recalls performing for Prince Charles and Princess Diana in Kensington Palace, tasting sushi for the first time in 1980s Japan, and facing a terrifying bomb scare on a flight.
Your earliest holiday memory?
As a child, many holidays were spent on my father’s boat. We’d drop anchor near Nefyn in North Wales, where there is a pub on the beach.
First trip abroad?
Menorca. I was about five and was scared of boarding the plane. My mum had bought a cream trouser suit and I spilt her coffee all over it, too.
Did things settle down once you had arrived?
No. I drove my parents mad as I’d run around the hotel bar pushing billiard balls into pockets while people played.
Favourite holiday destination?
Mustique in the Caribbean. I love that there is nothing much to do other than relax.
Do you have a top beach on the island?
Macaroni, which experiences dramatic waves.
Pictured is Britannia Bay in Mustique – Aled’s favourite holiday destination. ‘I love that there is nothing much to do other than relax,’ he says
If you could live somewhere else, where would it be?
Australia. I love Melbourne and Byron Bay.
Have you ever sung in an unusual spot?
Prince Charles’s living room at Kensington Palace for just him and Princess Diana aged 14. Charles called my dad and said they’d love to hear my voice before it broke.
Oddest place you’ve been recognised?
On top of Sydney Harbour Bridge while completing the climb over it in the rain.
Weirdest thing eaten while travelling?
Sushi in Japan in the 1980s. I’d never heard of it then.
Favourite part of Wales?
Snowdonia National Park, pictured above, is Aled’s favourite part of Wales
What do you like to do on a city break?
I want to see everything possible and eat in the most interesting restaurants.
Ever had a frightening flight?
I was on a flight with the London Symphony Orchestra when there was a bomb scare. I wrote a note to my mum saying how much I loved her.
What’s your top plane tip?
Always book an aisle seat, so you can visit the loo without climbing over anyone.
Aled Jones’s new book, Bobby Dean Saves Christmas, is published in hardback (£8.99, Hodder Faith Young Explorers).
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