Where the experts holiday: Alison Adey, editor of fabuloustravelguide.com

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What do you like to do on holiday?
There’s nothing I love more than sun-drenched cafés, colourful markets, overnight jungle treks and white sand beaches. For me, holidays are about escapism –and leaving behind those Monday morning blues!

Where did you last go?
I flew to Colombia in March and spent a month hiking through the jungle, sleeping in hammocks and strolling through colonial cities. I loved every minute and would recommend it in a heartbeat.

Do you know where you’re going this year?
I’m currently travelling through South America so I’m planning to see as many places as possible along the way. I’m really looking forward to the salt flats in Bolivia and finally seeing the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favourite and why?
Guatemala is absolutely beautiful – a haven of tumbling waterfalls and looming volcanoes. Semuc Champey (http://fabuloustravelguide.com/2011/02/lanquin-guatemala/) and Lake Atitlan (http://fabuloustravelguide.com/2011/04/lake-atitlan-pictures-inspire-next-trip/) were my favourites and should be on every traveller’s wish list.

Which destination do you wish to travel but haven’t been?
I went to Sardinia a couple of years ago and stumbled across an idyllic little town called Bosa. No one spoke English, everyone took siestas and olives were served before every meal. I instantly fell in love with the culture – so my next stop has to be Italy.

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
I’d like to see more tourists hop on the train down to Brighton. With a pebble beach, striped deckchairs and countless fish and chip shops, it’s a great representation of British culture.

How do you plan your holiday?
I usually book last-minute flights to obscure places and then talk as many people into joining me as possible. Last time I found flights to Krakow in Poland for £28 return and 15 of us went for the weekend.

How often do you go away?
One of the perks of living in London is that you can be at an airport in under an hour so I try and sneak away as much as possible, usually about four times a year.

Who do you travel with?
I like go on holiday with family and friends but when I’m away on big trips I travel alone. The freedom is great and often necessary – many afternoons are spent locked away with my laptop writing up reviews or travel guides.

Where do you see tourism in your country in 10 years time?
With internet businesses booming, I think travel agents are going to have a tough time promoting destinations in England. It’s often much cheaper (and quicker) to jump on a flight abroad than to spend hours driving across the country only to arrive in the pouring rain. Saying that, England has a lot to offer and will continue to attract travellers from all over the world.

Thanks Alison! Follow Alison’s travels at www.fabuloustravelguide.com

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