Celebrity In­ter­view

Travel Daily - - News - with Layne Beach­ley

SEVEN times world surf­ing cham­pion Layne Beach­ley in­spired Travel Coun­sel­lors at the group’s an­nual con­fer­ence this month.

Widely re­garded as the most suc­cess­ful fe­male surfer in his­tory, Beach­ley ( pic­tured) took some time to share with

Travel Daily some of her top tips and hi­lar­i­ous sto­ries from her 20 years of trav­el­ling for her surf­ing ca­reer. What has been the high­light of your ca­reer so far? My high­light has been the legacy that I have left in the sport both in and out of the wa­ter. What is your favourite hol­i­day spot? Hawaii. I love vis­it­ing the North Shore of Oahu. I lived there for al­most five years and Hawaii is a home away from home for me! Who is one per­son you wish you could sit next to on a plane? P!NK! It would be awe­some fun, we may drink a lit­tle too much but there would be lots of laughs and crazy tales to share! What is some­thing that an­noys you about fly­ing? The most an­noy­ing thing about fly­ing is the so-called ran­dom ex­plo­sives se­cu­rity check. And also the waste of wa­ter and per­fectly good liq­uids that we must dis­card be­fore se­cu­rity! How would you spend a day at sea aboard a cruise ship? On a sun lounge by the pool with a steady flow of cock­tails & a good book! What is one of the most ex­otic des­ti­na­tions you have trav­elled to? The Gala­pa­gos Is­lands. It is renowned for hav­ing the most unique & orig­i­nal wildlife in­clud­ing the Blue-Footed Booby and the enor­mous an­cient tur­tles! It’s a re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing place! What is one thing you can­not leave home with­out when you travel? My wa­ter bot­tle! Do you have an em­bar­rass­ing travel story that you can share with us? Dur­ing my pro­fes­sional surf­ing ca­reer, I trav­elled in Econ­omy for 20 years. On one par­tic­u­lar long haul flight be­tween LA and Lon­don, I took a heavy sleep­ing pill. I took this just af­ter fin­ish­ing my meal and fell asleep quickly. I twitch vi­o­lently when I’m fall­ing asleep and un­be­knownst to me, dur­ing one of these twitch­ing episodes, my right hand flung out un­der­neath the ta­ble of the poor in­di­vid­ual sit­ting next to me and I flung their food and their glass of coke all over them and I stayed asleep for the next eight hours obliv­i­ous to the fact until I woke up al­most land­ing in Lon­don and saw the mess that I had cre­ated and I felt re­ally bad! For­tu­nately they were un­der­stand­ing and I apol­o­gised pro­fusely! What fea­tures do you look for when choos­ing a ho­tel? Lo­ca­tion, price and qual­ity!

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