Singer and TV host Aled Jones talks about his travels, including the strangest place he’s ever been recognized and the terror of the bombs on a flight.
Singer and TV personality Aled Jones signs up for our travel Q&A
This week, Aled Jones, the Welsh singer and TV and radio host, signs up for our travel Q&A.
He remembers performing for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, first tasting sushi in 1980s Japan, and facing a terrifying flight bomb scare.
Your first Christmas memory?
When I was a child, I spent many vacations on my father’s boat. We would anchor near Nefyn in North Wales, where there is a pub on the beach.
First trip abroad?
Minorca. He was about five years old and was afraid to board the plane. My mother had bought herself a cream pantsuit and I spilled her coffee on it too.
Did things settle down once you arrived?
No. I drove my parents crazy while running around the hotel bar shoving billiard balls in my pockets while people played.
Favorite vacation destination?
Mustique in the Caribbean. I love that there isn’t much to do other than relax.
Do you have one of the best beaches on the island?
Macaroni, which experiences dramatic waves.
Pictured is Britannia Bay in Mustique, Aled’s favorite vacation destination. “ I love that there isn’t 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 place?
Prince Charles’s living room at Kensington Palace just for him and 14-year-old Princess Diana. Carlos called my dad and said they would love to hear my voice before it broke.
The strangest place you’ve been recognized in?
At the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge as the climb is completed in the rain.
The strangest thing you ate while traveling?
Sushi in Japan in the 1980s. I had never heard of it then.
The favorite part of Wales?
Snowdonia National Park, pictured above, is Aled’s favorite 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.
Have you ever had a terrifying flight?
I was on a flight with the London Symphony Orchestra when there was a bomb scare. I wrote a note to my mother telling her how much I loved her.
What is your top airplane tip?
Always reserve an aisle seat, so you can visit the bathroom without climbing over anyone.
The new Aled Jones book, Bobby Dean saves Christmas, is published in hardcover (£ 8.99, Hodder Faith Young Explorers).