First up, what’s your favourite beach?

Hmm, that's a hard one as I have so many but my favourite beach is probably at Varadero, Cuba. The water there is just perfectly clear and the beach is beautiful and perfect for picking up shells. There's an abundance of fresh coconuts to enjoy, and swimming with my five year old in the warm waters with colourful fish darting around us is a really happy memory for me.

What makes the perfect getaway for your family?

I think a little bit of everything makes for a great family break. We always try to mix things up so there's plenty the children will love with some theme parks, beach and pool time and then enough culture and museums to visit for us adults to feel happy.

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Where is the most kid-friendly destination you’ve visited?

That's a difficult one as I always say any place can be a kid friendly one but probably the most would be Rome. To start with the Italian people adore children so you feel welcome wherever you go, there's gelato on every corner which makes for a very happy trip, and then the historic attractions are like one big kids playground with The Colosseum and its tales of gladiators and the Roman Forum where history comes alive in the most amazing way.

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Which 3 words best describe your holiday style?

Adventurous, quirky and fun

Any tips for keeping kids happy on the plane?

I always go prepared with lots of snacks that take a while to eat - raisins, bread sticks, cut up grapes and then magazines and comics, stickers and my top tip, a pot of play doh

What small things would you be lost without on holiday?

My camera. That's probably too obvious but I love taking photographs, I'm really into Instagram at the moment and love sharing pictures as we travel so would hate to be somewhere and not able to capture it.

What’s on your holiday reading list?

I wish I had time to read! I used to love taking a stack of books away on trips but that was before kids and now the travel supplements of newspapers are the closest I get to proper reading, that and a Lonely Planet guide book of the destination I'm travelling to! I look forward to the day I can start reading again though!

What are your beach bag must-haves?

Sun lotion, wipes, sunglasses, cash for ice creams, camera, lip balm, snacks.

Bucket list destinations – go!

Indonesia, Slovenia, Vietnam, Qatar, Panama, Cambodia, Burma, Jordan, Brazil, Mongolia, South Africa, Croatia, Alaska....I could go on but should probably stop there!

Which holiday sticks in your mind as truly special?

We went to Russia a couple of years ago and we were a little apprehensive about the kind of welcome we would receive but people could not have been friendlier. As we arrived and caught the metro to our hotel the whoosh of the train arriving at the station blew my six year old daughter's sun hat off her head and a man went racing down the platform to retrieve it for her and that just set the scene. People were so lovely everywhere we went and remembering my son playing with a Russian boy in Gorky Park, neither being able to speak the other's language but them both having so much fun still gives me a lump in my throat. Not only that but the country is beautiful with so much to see and do. We fell in love with it.


Finally, when you get home, what are the signs you’ve been on a successful trip?

Signs of a successful trip are that we all want to go back to that place and that I'm already feeling my eyes wander across the guide books to plan the next one!

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