Checking in… Former Lib Dem leader Vince Cable reveals how he drove to India via the USSR and Iran, was interned as a spy suspect in Pakistan and the joys of the Nürburgring
Vince Cable checks into our travel Q&A
This week former Lib Dem leader Vince Cable checks into our travel Q&A.
He talks about his most memorable trip, his favourite foreign city, what he can’t travel without – and more.
MOST MEMORABLE TRIP?
Going on a road trip as a student with half a dozen friends in a van. We drove to India, via the Soviet Union, Iran and Afghanistan, a journey you could not do now.
AND ANOTHER ONE?
A 1,000-mile trip I did on my own through India. I survived on bananas, and was scared half the time but it was such an eye-opener.
AND A LOW SPOT?
On the road trip we had a few breakdowns, and were interned in Pakistan for a few days as suspected spies.
FAVOURITE FOREIGN CITY?
Mumbai, where I have relatives. It has got all the problems of a big city but a lot of excitement, too.
EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?
Staying in a dingy B&B in Scarborough with my family as a child. I couldn’t swim until I was 18 but I have fond memories of sitting on the beach eating fish and chips.
FIRST TIME ABROAD?
Going to Germany on a school trip when I was 15. The family I stayed with owned a Mercedes and took me for a fast drive around the Nürburgring, the Grand Prix circuit — an unforgettable experience for a teenager.
Bustling: Vince said his favourite foreign city is Mumbai, India, where he has relatives
WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT NOT TRAVELLING?
I learnt to ski in my early 60s and have been a fan ever since — so I’ve missed not being able to get out on the slopes.
TOP TRAVEL TIP?
Don’t skimp on hotels — I don’t have too many indulgences but I like to stay in a good hotel.
WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
A well-crafted thriller like a Le Carré.