Australian actor, Adam Garcia, has returned to London’s West End stage in the classic Broadway musical comedy, Kiss Me Kate. The Aussie actor took time out from playing wizard, Bill Calhoun, to share his holiday experiences with KH
What do you like to do on holiday? I either like to visit old cities or places of outstanding natural beauty. I’m not into spending all day lying on a sun lounger: I like to get out and about and explore.
Where did you last go? Marrakech – the pink city. As it happened, I had an ankle injury so I did flop in the sun by the pool – a lot.
Do you know where you’re going this year? I don’t. This year is proving to be very busy and I haven’t had time to firm up any definite travel plans. I am going to try and visit a friend in Stockholm this summer but it will need to be well planned.
Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favourite and why? Wow. Umm… I do like island holidays. When I was a boy, my family took a trip to Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island has a bird and turtle sanctuary and so the island did smell strongly of guano but one got used to that. When I went, Heron Island was relatively untouched by tourism and there was so much wildlife to observe that I was in heaven.
Which destination do you wish to travel but haven’t been? Yellowstone National Park - I'm working on it!
In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
I would probably say that finding one of the zillion empty beaches up & down the coasts or else driving out to the farmlands is pretty great.
How do you plan your holiday? I really just pick a destination, maybe a hotel and then make it up once I get there.
How often do you go away? Typically two or three times a year.
Who do you travel with? My Mother. We have travelled to some amazing places together –The Galapagos Islands, cloud forests in Ecuador & the Amazon Basin, Svalbard in the Arctic Circle – to look at the wildlife. It’s a shared passion. My Mother is an inspirational traveller and has been everywhere. Her next trip is Madagascar which I can’t join her on and am very envious. That island hasn’t long to last.
Where do you see tourism in your country in 10 years time? I’m fairly confident Australia will be a firm favourite with tourists in 10 years – particularly if plane travel gets quicker. Its check list of essential experiences remains as strong as ever and shows no sign of diminishing.
Adam stars in Kiss Me, Kate at the Old Vic, until 2 March 2013. ( For tickets call 0844 871 7628 or visit oldvictheatre.com)