Trav­el­ling life

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - INTERVIEW - In­ter­view by Soo Kim

Rumer Singer-song­writer

How of­ten do you travel?

I travel all the time for work. But I’ve been trav­el­ling a lot since I was born in Pak­istan and moved to Bri­tain. My dad was a civil en­gi­neer, so we trav­elled a lot for his work build­ing dams, bridges and roads in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. When I was young, our fam­ily spent a lot of our hol­i­days in Bri­tain. Re­cently I spent a long week­end in Dorset. I love places where you can re­con­nect with na­ture.

What do you need for a per­fect hol­i­day?

Good com­pany, good weather and good books.

Your ear­li­est mem­ory of trav­el­ling abroad?

Trav­el­ling on a PIA (Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines) flight to Pak­istan, when I was about four. Then when I was about seven, I flew to Pak­istan as an “Un­ac­com­pa­nied Mi­nor” on Bri­tish Air­ways with my sis­ter. We were vis­it­ing my dad who was still liv­ing in Pak­istan at the time. My favourite part of Pak­istan is the Nathia Gali area. There’s so much English his­tory there and beau­ti­ful coun­try such as in Mur­ree, with lots of wildlife too. But it’s not a great time for tourism in the coun­try be­cause of the con­flict and po­lit­i­cal ten­sion at the mo­ment.

Most ad­ven­tur­ous travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

Driv­ing along the Karako­ram High­way to the Hunza Val­ley, near the bor­der with China. It was a pretty re­mote place un­til the high­way was com­pleted in the Seven­ties. It’s an in­cred­i­bly myth­i­cal type of place and said to be what Shangri-La [from the novel Lost Hori­zon] is based on.

Your most re­lax­ing des­ti­na­tion?

Greece – Crete be­ing one of my favourite spots. I worked and lived in Pa­le­o­chora years ago but have been back sev­eral times since.

Best hol­i­day ever?

A two-week road trip in Amer­ica with a friend in 2011. We flew into Phoenix and stayed at Ho­tel San Car­los. It was ap­par­ently the ho­tel where Stephen King got the in­spi­ra­tion for The Shin­ing. We went to the Grand Canyon, Zion Na­tional Park and Topanga Canyon.

Favourite ho­tel?

The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel in Los An­ge­les. I love that it has a very old Hol­ly­wood feel.

And city?

Los An­ge­les. There’s some­thing charm­ing about it – sort of like a woman cling­ing to her fad­ing youth and beauty.

Best city for mu­sic lovers?

Nashville is re­ally cool and fun. There are so many mu­si­cians liv­ing there, so it has a real com­mu­nity feel. Lon­don is also great for its mu­sic scene, as are New Or­leans and Mel­bourne.

What do you hate about hol­i­days?

Not be­ing able to bring my dog Al­fie. I tend to only travel to places where I can bring Al­fie.

Where next?

I’d love to explore Louisiana and Ge­or­gia in Amer­ica. I’d also like to see Rhode Is­land and Cape Cod, which are said to be beau­ti­ful. I’m go­ing back to north-west Arkansas, where I live part of the year. It’s known as the “Nat­u­ral State”, so there’s lots of na­ture to explore. Rumer’s new al­bum is This Girl’s In Love: A Bacharach and David Song­book

Rumer has vivid mem­o­ries of the Hunza Val­ley, above; she would like to visit Cape Cod, be­low

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