Ade Adepitan remembers his travel memories, including the kidnapping in Mexico City

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TV presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan recalls his travel memories, from being kidnapped in Mexico City to meeting a rude passenger on a BA flight

This week TV presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan is checking in our travel questions and answers

This week TV presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan is checking in our travel questions and answers.

He talks about his trip, his favorite place in Great Britain when he wants to report on the Paralympics in Tokyo – and much more.

Earliest travel memory?

When I was three years old, I came to the UK from Nigeria. As a child I had a recurring dream about these beautiful trees and wondered where it came from.

Then 36 years later, when my father died, we went back to bury him and I saw those trees again.

Travel essential?

A headlamp because you never know when you might have a power outage.

The scariest travel moment?

I almost got kidnapped in Mexico City. Someone from the hotel realized I was a British journalist and they aimed at me.

They called my room and said I hadn’t paid a bill. Then they called a gangster who was very threatening. I called back to the UK and the Mexican police arrived.

Favorite Vacation Discovery?

Pisco Sours. I tried them first in Lima, Peru. It’s my drink now and I spent lockdown doing it at home.

Are you going to cover the Tokyo Paralympics?

Ade says Channel 4 will likely cover this year's Tokyo Paralympics from the UK

Ade says Channel 4 will likely cover this year’s Tokyo Paralympics from the UK

Channel 4 will likely cover it from the UK. It looks like there aren’t any crowds, but sometimes there are things bigger than sports.

Your most memorable meal?

In Vilanculos before visiting the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. The most amazing seafood.

Linguistic proficiency?

I speak Spanish and lived in Spain in the mid 90s while playing professional basketball for Real Zaragoza.

Vacation souvenirs?

Magnets. We have a chalk board with magnets from every country we have been to. Our three month old son Bolla loves all colors.

Favorite part of the UK?

Ade reveals that his favorite place in the UK is the Isle of Harris pictured, thanks to its great scenery and beautiful beaches

Ade reveals that his favorite place in the UK is the Isle of Harris pictured thanks to its great scenery and beautiful beaches

The Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Great landscape, rugged, mountainous and beautiful beaches. I went there once with my wife Linda for a wedding.

Rudest person you met?

I was in economy on a British Airways flight and a passenger was upset to have to sit next to me. She found it uncomfortable trying to come over to use the bathroom.

So she complained to the flight attendant who later got my chair and took me to business class.

What is the future of travel?

Travel enriches us when we do it right. People will appreciate it when it feels more like a luxury.

Where to go next

Edinburgh to see the in-laws.

  • The three-part series Climate Change: Ade to the Front is on BBC Two.



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