The TV presenter, keen walker and mum-of-three reveals some of her favourite destinations from around the world, from Cape Town to Miami
I enjoyed every moment of filming for the Rough Guide series a few years ago, travelling through Belize, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It was before I had children. All of these countries blew my mind – their natural beauty and the abundance of wildlife. I’ll never forget waking up with the howler monkeys in the forests of Nicaragua, learning to surf in Costa Rica and tasting raw cocoa in Belize.
One item I never travel without is sanitising water spray. I sound like such a mum but you just never know when you’re going to run out of sinks and you feel dirty travelling through airports, pushing the baggage trolley. I’m a firm believer in a little spritz.
Our last holiday was in Miami to celebrate a friend’s special birthday. A whole gang of us flew over, and we ate, swam and marvelled at the Art Deco architecture. I’m a big fan of anything Art Deco, including the furniture and jewellery. Miami is a fun place and good for some winter sun.
I would love to go adventuring in South America; despite working on several travel shows throughout my career I’ve never made it there.
What appeals to me most about cruising is that you can get to several destinations in one trip – you could potentially visit 10 destinations in a week on a Mediterranean cruise.
My perfect holiday has changed over the years, which I think is quite normal as you get older. Now my idea of heaven is being on a sandy beach with my little ones, who all love the sea.
I like to listen to lots of music while I’m travelling. We also have a dancing session on the bed every night before bedtime with whatever the kids’ latest favourite is to bounce around to – currently The Weeknd and Jess Glynne.
The last book that I read on holiday was Unforgettable Walks by, erm, me; and the novel The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz. Good holiday fodder.
I love Cape Town in South Africa. I have family and friends there so it’s been a go-to destination for me since I was in my early 20s because I get the insider experience. There are secret bays, hidden bush camps and the latest music and art. I wasn’t too keen on the puff adder snake that made an appearance poolside at my mate’s farm a few years ago, though.
Unforgettable Walks is out now (£8.99, Quercus).
Whether you’re looking for a cultural holiday or relaxing break, find your perfect cruise with our Cruise Finder.