Celebrity interview: Nina Wadia
By Katie McGonagle | 22 Jul 2022
Comedian, actor and presenter Nina Wadia talks about her favourite travel moments and getting ready to embark on her first ever cruise
Q. What do you remember about travelling with your family?
I loved to travel from when I was very little. My father used to work for Air India in its heyday, so from a very young age I lived all over the world. We were in India, Tehran, Moscow, Belgium, Canada and Hong Kong, where I ended up living during my teenage years. Our school trip from Hong Kong was on the Trans-Siberian Railway. We went to Inner and Outer Mongolia, the Great Wall of China, Irkutsk in Siberia – compare that with a school trip from the UK to Boulogne! That’s where my absolute passion for travel kicked in. I loved every minute of that journey.
Q. Do you have any favourite destinations?
I prefer not to go to the same place twice – life is too short. But if I had to choose a favourite, it might have to be the Maldives. That’s where our honeymoon was so it holds a special place in my heart. I haven’t been to Australia and New Zealand and those are on my bucket list, but I’m slightly scared because I hate spiders. I have always wanted to go to Japan, Hawaii, the Polynesian islands, Colombia and Peru – I want to see Machu Picchu so bad! I managed to do Cape Town recently, but there’s still a lot to explore. I feel like I’m running out of time now I’m in my 50s.
Q. What do you most enjoy when you’re on holiday?
If we go on a city holiday, I love nice dinners and exploring the history of the place. In Vienna, you can be walking around and hear an orchestra playing, which is beautiful. When we were in Malta there was a wine festival, so for three days straight there were ﬁreworks every night – it was amazing. We like to explore and experience things. The less planned it is, the more exciting it is for us.
Q. You’re about to embark on your first ever cruise – how do you feel?
I’m excited to be going on a cruise with Princess because it’s something I have never done, and it’s a different way to travel. I have never been on a cruise ship so to get a new experience is going to be very interesting. Denise Welch and lots of the ladies on Loose Women have done cruises and they said, ‘You’re going to love it.’ It’s something I have been wanting to do and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long. I love the idea of going to a part of the world I haven’t seen before. The Norwegian fjords are stunningly beautiful so I’m keen to explore. We have always done holidays as a family, but this time it’s just me and my husband, so I’m looking forward to something more romantic.
Q. If you haven’t taken a cruise before, what kind of holidays do you normally take?
When we had kids, I had just started on Eastenders so our family holidays had to be where I wouldn’t get recognised. We started to do driving holidays, but wouldn’t book anywhere – we would just jump in our car and drive into Europe. In six years of doing this, there was only one night we couldn’t get a hotel. We were in Ulm in Germany and there was a festival so every room was booked up and we spent the night in the car. It was fine for the kids but not for me or my husband, who’s six foot two!
I don’t think of myself as adventurous, but in Koh Samui we did a zipline from one mountain to another, and in Rio I went hang gliding off the mountain next to Sugar Loaf. I love being high up – if I were ever reincarnated, I’d come back as a bird because they see everything.
*Nina Wadia is a guest speaker on Princess Cruises’ 14-night Iceland and Norway cruise on Enchanted Princess, departing July 22. Fares start from £1,799 per person (princess.com).