Skeleton racer Amy Williams talks about her travels, from her proposal in Botswana to being carried by Sir Richard Branson during a flight – and why she always turns off hotel air con
Amy Williams checks into our travel Q&A
This week Olympic skeleton racer Amy Williams checks into our travel Q&A.
She talks about her most memorable trip, her favourite Olympic city – and more.
MOST MEMORABLE TRIP?
Going on safari in Botswana, where my husband proposed to me. Animals are a huge passion so I loved being up close to nature.
EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?
Youth hostelling with my parents and siblings in Devon, Cornwall and Wales as a child. We would go walking in all weathers and stay in great-value dormitories.
FIRST TRIP ABROAD?
Going to the port city of La Rochelle in my early teens to stay with a pen pal. The croissants were amazing and we had hot chocolate for breakfast but I didn’t learn much French.
YOUR FAVOURITE OLYMPIC CITY?
I won my gold at the Vancouver Olympics (held in Vancouver and the nearby ski resort of Whistler) in 2010 so that obviously tops the list.
No, and I can’t sleep on planes either, so I watch as many movies as possible. I never drank if I was competing — but I will have a glass of wine now if I’m going on holiday.
ANY CELEBRITY TRAVEL ENCOUNTERS?
I once met Sir Richard Branson on a Virgin flight — there’s a photo somewhere of him carrying me.
TOP TRAVEL BEAUTY TIP?
Slapping on the moisturiser and switching off the air-con in your hotel room so as not to dry out your skin.
Memorable: Amy recalls going on safari in Botswana, where her husband proposed to her
I’d love to go Bali some day, turn off my mobile and get away from it all.
I’ll be heading to the Dorset or Devon coast with my husband and children this summer, and visiting the Algarve in Portugal later in the year.