Celebrities who took time off to travel…

It’s easy to get caught up with work and forget about all the amazing destinations around the world – especially when you’re a celebrity! However, we’ve found some celebs who decided to take time off from their busy schedules to travel. Read about their awe-inspiring adventures below…

JK Rowling went to teach English in Porto, Portugal. She was experiencing a difficult time with her mother passing and decided a change of scenery would be good for her. In her hand luggage was an early manuscript about a young wizard called Harry Potter. Porto provided inspiration for the talented writer. It’s said that the inspiration behind Hogwarts came from Livraria Lello Bookstore, which many tourists and wizard enthusiasts enjoy visiting.

Livraria Lello Bookstore


In more recent times, Ed Sheeran took a year’s hiatus to explore a variety of countries. He went to New Zealand where he admired Sir Peter Jackson’s World War I planes at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and he took the plunge with a classic Kiwi bungee jump, despite his fear of heights!

Ed’s adrenaline activities didn’t end there – he also went white water rafting whilst in Fiji and even braved bull shark diving.

As you all know, travelling isn’t always smooth sailing. In Iceland, Ed burnt his foot in a boiling geyser. That must have been painful at the time, but it gave him a great story for Graham Norton! 

Ed Sheeran returned from his travels with tons of new music, as well as a fantastic collection of travel memories!



Naomi Campbell went through a series of high profile setbacks a few years ago, so she looked to travel as a way to find perspective. Ticking off a few bucket list items became her priority.

She took to the slopes and learned to ski; she picked up horseback riding; spent time in India and found peace in practicing yoga.

yoga india


Barack Obama needed a respite after 8 years of presidency and an intense 2016 election process prior to the hand over. Barack and Michelle made their way to Sir Richard Branson’s £10m private island in the British Virgin Islands for the ultimate regeneration holiday.

The former president of the United States tried his hand at kitesurfing and, judging by the photos that surfaced in the newspapers, he was a natural!



Perhaps you’re not best mates with Richard Branson just yet…that’s ok. There are tons of amazing countries out there that are waiting for someone like you. Work hard and take pride in your day job, but don’t forget how much there is to see beyond your daily routine…

–By Chloe Dale

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