Ski jumping legend Eddie the Eagle talks travels, including his love for Russia and China and the odd places he’s slept… from cowsheds to a mental health hospital in Finland
Eddie the Eagle checks in to our travel Q&A
This week, ski jumping legend Eddie the Eagle checks in to our travel Q&A.
He talks about his favourite ski resorts, his dream holiday destinations – and more…
First holiday memories?
When I was a child, most years we used to go to a static caravan. That could be in places like Tenby, Saundersfoot and sometimes Devon or Cornwall.
First overseas holiday?
A school ski trip when I was 13, to Andalo in the Italian Alps.
Memorable UK adventure?
I’ve done John O’Groats to Land’s End on a bike, cycling on B roads. It was truly great.
Best holiday experience?
I went to Calgary for the 20th anniversary of the Winter Olympics. I skied in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, and did some dog sledding and horse riding on snow — I had a whale of a time.
Favourite ski resorts?
Courchevel, but it’s so expensive and you have to speak Russian rather than French there now. I also love Morzine and Avoriaz, and a place called Kicking Horse in Canada.
Dream holiday destinations?
Russia and I’d also love to go to China again. I went for the [Eddie The Eagle] film premiere, but I was only in Beijing for a day.
Eddie says he would love go back to China. He spent one day in Beijing (pictured) when he visited for his film premiere
Oddest place you have slept in?
When I was racing in Europe, I slept mostly in the back of my car and sometimes in cowsheds, barns and basements. And I once slept in a mental health hospital in Finland.
Budget or luxury travel?
I’m more towards budget because my money will go further and I have a better experience. You catch buses and meet normal people: if you only stay in five-star hotels, you only meet rich people.
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