The Blue singer reveals his love of cruising and why he’s planning to travel to Peru

My family and I went away for my 40th birthday a few months ago and I think it’s the best holiday I’ve ever had. We flew out to Miami, had a couple of days soaking up the atmosphere and sunshine, then joined Carnival Vista for a cruise down to the Caribbean. We actually boarded the ship on my birthday, which was really exciting.

Cruising gives you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy all the entertainment on board or disappear to your cabin and watch the world go by from your balcony. You can be as isolated or as included as you want. I also love that you can go to sleep in one destination and wake up in another, it’s amazing.

Carnival Vista aerial

My top tip for booking a cruise is to think about the ages and interests of the people you’re travelling with. On my birthday cruise the youngest of our group was my daughter, Tianie, who’s 13 and the oldest was my mum who’s 60. Look at what the ship has to offer, read the itinerary, and check out the restaurants.

One of the happiest times in my life was when I travelled to Los Angeles with the band for the first time. I loved the sunshine, and positivity and friendliness of the people. I ended up living there for a few years. It was a special time as I fell in love, and although the relationship ended, I still remember it fondly.

Machu Picchu

I’ve always wanted to travel to Peru and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
I read The Celestine Prophecy when I was younger and became fascinated with that idea of a journey to spiritual awakening. I think it would be amazing.

I travel a lot with the band so I’m pretty good at dealing with long journeys. Once you’re on a plane, train or bus, you can just eat, drink and stare out the window. It’s an opportunity to switch off. I’ve also found that reflexology really helps with jetlag, so I highly recommend that after a long-haul flight.

When I’m travelling I listen to meditation music and I love chillout albums. I’ve got Café Del Mar on my phone.

The one thing I never travel without is my pillow — it’s heavy and feathered and it comes with me whenever I’m away for the night. It’s so much more comfortable than the synthetic ones you get in hotels and it reminds me of home.

I work in a really fast-paced industry so I love the feeling of escape you get on a cruise. The moment the ship leaves the dock you feel free and can just enjoy it.

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