Checking In: Tennis icon Virginia Wade on surviving earthquakes in Mexico and fending off young sailors on Greek voyages
As the only British woman to have won titles at all four grand slam tournaments – and the last to win the Wimbledon ladies’ singles crown – Virginia Wade is a national treasure. She talks to Tamara Hinson about her travel tips…
Virginia Wade: Never travels without a good book
Anywhere I can mix ancient culture with relaxation, good food and sunshine. The most evocative places have been Delphi and Rome.
Never travel without?
A good book.
Osteria Pozzo della Mensa in Italy’s Assisi, where I had the best spring lamb I’ve ever eaten.
Scary travel experience?
An earthquake in Acapulco.
Being in a hotel midsummer with broken air conditioning and the mosquitoes just hatching.
Top travel tip?
Do some research beforehand to get acquainted with what to expect.
Years ago, on a boat going to an island in Greece in winter, with a big storm and everyone moaning and groaning. I’m hanging on for dear life when a young sailor comes along and propositions me. He had a key to a cabin and was trying very hard to be persuasive.