Ski jumping legend Eddie the Eagle recalls his travel adventures

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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