Bonnie Tyler’s Travelling Life

Favourite holiday destination?

I love New York City. It really is the city that never sleeps. I like to be bang in the middle of Times Square. But in Europe, it’d have to be the Algarve. I made an album in the Algarve in the late Seventies and I fell in love with the place straight away. I find the area and the way of life there incredibly relaxing. As soon as you get off the plane, you forget about everything else. The beaches and scenery are gorgeous and I have a 50ft-long Princess yacht with a fly bridge that I love taking down the coast to explore. I feel very at home there.

Favourite place you’ve performed?

A few years ago on New Year’s Eve, I sang to nearly 50,000 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The atmosphere was incredible.

Favourite place to record music?

Nashville, where I recorded my latest album, Rocks Honey. If you’re a music lover, it’s loaded with musical talent. You must head to the Bluebird Café there, a tiny wee place where you have to queue to get in, as there’s no favouritism. It’s where songwriters get to showcase their songs in a very intimate acoustic setting to talent scouts and record companies as well as singers. I once heard my song Mom being performed there by a wonderful American country music gent called Wynn Varble.


Times Square, New York (Alamy)

Favourite city?

One of my recent favourites is Cape Town. I was there to perform a few years ago but also got to visit Table Mountain and did wine-tasting in Stellenbosch with friends. Then I met up with some other friends in Johannesburg before visiting the immense Kruger National Park.

What are your must-have travelling essentials?

I’ve got to take my make-up with me. I don’t feel dressed if I don’t have any on. I’m not one of those people who tries to give their skin a rest because they’re on holiday! I also need my husband Robert wherever I go – we’ve been married since 1969 and we haven’t killed each other yet.

Are you an adventurous traveller?

I’m not really the sporty type, but I did do a week of skiing in Austria with a couple of friends. I was there the first day it snowed but we travelled higher up the glacier where the conditions were very good. I fell several times on the first day, but after that I improved and only fell once. I’m not a confident skier – I like sticking to the blue runs and I like to take regular stops in the bars to have a Grappa. I prefer a more leisurely pace. The snowboarders whizzing by really scare me.

Favourite hotel?

On the west coast of the US, it’s the historic Beverly Wilshire hotel on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. The rooms are tastefully decorated, the bar is great and it has a Wolfgang Puck restaurant [called CUT]. The Rodeo Drive area is also great for shopping. On the east coast, when I’m in New York, I always stay at the DoubleTree Suites hotel in Times Square – it’s convenient and right in the middle of the mayhem of the city.

Los Angeles travel guide


The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin (Fotolia/AP)

Favourite airline?

British Airways, if I’m travelling long-haul – their first-class lounge is fantastic. But if I’m flying to New York, I tend to go on Virgin Atlantic out of habit. And in Europe, I travel around quite frequently, so I usually go on a budget airline.

Worst travel experience?

Nearly 20 years ago on a flight travelling across America, when one of the plane engines stopped working without any warning. We lost altitude very dramatically and it felt like the plane was plummeting from the sky. Then all of the oxygen masks above the seats popped out; I thought I was a goner. I was squeezing Robert’s arm in a panic, people were screaming hysterically, and it was horrendous. Then all of a sudden, the plane levelled out.

Scary in-flight announcements: what you don’t want to hear from your pilot

Your best piece of travel advice?

Take good headphones with you so you can drown out the noise of any children being naughty nearby. It really annoys me that some parents let their children get away with misbehaving on a flight and the other passengers around them have to put up with it.


Nashville (Fotolia/AP)

What do you hate about holidays?

The only irritation is going through security. You have to take off so much now, including your boots and belt, and if you’re wearing an underwired bra, there’s a beep when you go through the scanner.

Where next?

I’d love to see China. I’ve never been and I’m told my music is pretty popular there. Thankfully the country is opening up more now to tourism.

Bonnie Tyler is currently on tour in Europe. For tickets, tour dates and more information, see bonnietyler.com.

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