Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.

Name: Madison Cowan
Title/bio: Chef, currently appearing on BBC’s No Kitchen Required
Twitter/website: Madisons_Ave |
Born in:  London
Currently living in: New York

1) Where would you rather be right now? Nowhere other than with my family. Unless it’s a beach in Barbados, with family of course.

2) Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with: Can’t do just one. Take your pick: Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron, Serge Gainsbourg.

3) Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3? Mona Island. Lovely, small unoccupied island near San Juan.

4) Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while travelling: Sitting next to someone on a packed bus across the States who apparently didn’t fancy people of colour. Fun for me, not so much for him.

5) Strangest meal abroad: Bat. Period.

6) If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them? Former slaves burial ground and where Malcolm X took his last breath.

7) Travel-related invention you wish existed: The I Dream Of Jeanie blink/nod.

8) Your most embarrassing travel faux pas: Travelling with wet pants I’d just washed in the sink.

9) Material thing you miss the most when away from home: My vintage His Master’s Voice gramophone.

10) Most unique souvenir: A kava bowl from Fiji.

11)  Best celebrity encounter while travelling: The late Al “Grandpa” Lewis from The Munsters.

12) Coolest mode of transport you’ve taken: My old Triumph Bonneville 3000 or a USCG speed boat.

13) Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags: l’Etranger by Albert Camus and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison very much echoed my travels.

14) Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom: Don’t go anywhere you can’t return from.