Where the experts holiday: TV presenter, Sarah Cawood

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The Travel Channel’s Sarah Cawood on staycations, the Scottish highlands and why she loves lying on a beach

Sarah Cawood

What do you like to do on holiday?
Very little! My ideal holiday consists of two thirds lying on a beach or by a pool, reading books, and one third sightseeing. If I have to choose whether to visit a city or a beach, a beach will win out pretty much every time. Luckily, my fiancé feels the same way!

Where did you last go?
Andy (aforementioned fiancé) and I went on a cheap package deal to Kos in the Dodecanese islands last summer. We ate, slept, swam and sunbathed. Bliss.

Do you know where you’re going this year?
We won’t be having a holiday this year as we will be having a baby instead! But we are hoping to have a honeymoon in January 2013. We haven’t started looking at potential destinations as yet but we’re both quite keen on the idea of Bali.


Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favourite and why?
I went to Belize a few years ago and had the most amazing experience. My friend and I spent Christmas in Miami on South Beach, then flew to the rainforest for a week, then to the coast to a stunning, very quiet resort on the Caribbean sea. We swam with dolphins, took a light airplane over the blue hole and did some great snorkelling. It has all the best attributes of the Caribbean destinations but with far fewer tourists.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
I’d like to explore South America. Belize gave me a taste for central America and I am sure the South would be just as amazing. I’d also really love to go whale watching, go on an Arctic cruise and am also keen to visit the Faroe Islands.

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
I think it’s all pretty much been covered by the guides but the Scottish highlands are a must: past Inverness and up to Ullapool. It’s ridoculously remote and so, so stunning. The Lake District should also feature high on every tourist’s itinerary. In London, I would recommend a walk on Hampstead Heath and a pub lunch at The Flask in Highgate: a slice of the countryside in the heart of the metropolis.

The Flask, Hampstead Heath

How do you plan your holiday?
For the cheap deals, it’s package breaks all the way with my Mum’s independant travel advisor, Michelle Lineham  – she’s great. For the big one (aka the honeymoon), I think Andy and I will shop on the internet or else use Trailfinders.

How often do you go away?
Not as often as I’d like! The recession has put paid to a yearly trip, so we get away when we can. Once the honeymoon is over, I suspect we will be staying in the UK for a while so it will be staycations all the way!

Who do you travel with?
Going forward, I guess it will be with my husband and son! That said, nothing beats a girlie holiday either and I hope that I will still get to do that when our little boy arrives next year.

Glamping aka glamorous camping

Where do you see tourism in your country in 10 years time?
It’s so expensive to holiday in the UK now and budget airlines are incredibly cheap so I really think UK tourism will have to up its game somewhat. Hopefully, we will see a return to more affordable UK based holidaying. I also think the trend for ‘glamping’ (glamourous camping) will continue to flourish: teepees for all!

Sarah presents Essential Georgia on The Travel Channel

To read more about Sarah’s travel adventures, visit www.sarahcawood.co.uk,  www.helpwheresthemanual.blogspot.com or follow Sarah on Twitter (@sarah_cawood)




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