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Mairéad Ronan reveals painful holiday disaster

Let’s be honest, the closest thing we’ll get to a trip abroad right now is a virtual holiday. As celebs around the world kick off the new year with envy-inducing snaps of their antics away from home, we are dreaming of getting some sun, sea and adventure of our own. Whether it is travelling through the Thai jungle, checking out the Icelandic waterfalls, or simply savouring the Ring of Kerry, everyone has a favourite holiday hotspot. We asked MAIREAD RONAN for her top travelling tips and must-see places to visit.

Mairead Ronan

Have you had any disasters while abroad?

I have had a few disasters while travelling. I fell on my backside while in Lapland. The pain was actually worse than the embarrassment and an entire bus load of people witnessed it. It got worse though, as I was being helped up to my feet I slipped and fell a second time. I also had horrific food poisoning while in Turkey, it ruined three days of my holiday.

What’s the best destination you have been to? 

Iceland is such a naturally beautiful place. The geysers, the waterfalls and the people are gorgeous. Just don’t plan on going shopping there because everything is so expensive.

If money was no object, where would you like to visit?

I would fly first class and do a safari trip in Kenya.

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Where is your favourite place to visit around Ireland? 

I would have to say Dunmore East in Waterford. It is a perfect place for a family break with the beach, the pubs and the brilliant adventure centre for kids.

What are the best and worst airlines you have flown with?

The best airline has to be Etihad Airways. My husband, Louis, and I flew with them on our honeymoon last year and they spoiled us on board. The cabin crew made us a card and they gave it to us when we landed – it was so sweet. The worst airline was Malev, I flew with them to the Eurovision Song Contest in Serbia in 2008. They’re not in business now.

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Is it hard to pack when travelling with kids? 

It’s hard to pack for babies, but children are easy to manage. My advice is to always have Calpol and some baby Dioralyte because someone always gets sick!

For you, what is the difference between travelling alone – or as a couple – than travelling with kids?
Alcohol!

As somebody who travels a lot, what have you learned? Have you picked up any good tips for easier travel? 

Dress for the airport! Always go for slip-on shoes or runners, wear trousers or jeans that don’t need a belt. You should always wear sunscreen too, even when it’s cloudy outside.

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