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Martin King Opens Up about His Favourite Family Holidays

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 MARTIN KING for his top travelling tips and must-see places to visit.

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Where was your first holiday?

I went to Torquay in Devon, England. My mam and dad were heading on holidays to see my dad’s family who had moved there, and they brought me along too because they couldn’t get anyone to mind me! I had just made my First Holy Communion and it was a great holiday. I remember that was where I was introduced to Penguin bars for the very first time, long before they were sold in Ireland!

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

Orlando, without a doubt. We’ve been there about six times. It’s just a place of magic. As the kids get older, they have asked, “Dad, do we have to go to Disney?” and I’m like, “Yes, we do!” Jenny and I just love it. Every single time we go, I actually get giddy walking up to the gates – it’s the big kid in me.

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Was it hard travelling with the children over the years, especially juggling the older and younger kids at the same time?

We’ve been very fortunate that our trips as a family were never too bad or too much hassle. But we’ve always planned our journeys very well. When we first brought Alex, our youngest, to Orlando, he was only 15 or 16 months, but we just planned the journey around his feeding schedule so that for take-off and landing, etc. he’d have his bottles to stop his ears popping. The older kids had plenty of movies to keep them entertained.

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If money was no object, where would you go?

I’ve never been to the West Coast of America and I’d love to take a few weeks and drive from San Francisco to LA, then across to Las Vegas and take in all that the West Coast has to offer. I’d visit places like Yellowstone Park, and travel right up to Colorado and the Rockies, living it up all along the way!

What’s been your worst travel disaster?

We encountered a hurricane in Florida. It had been due to miss us, but then an area of low pressure came and pushed the hurricane right into our path. And, of course, behind the hurricanes you have the tornadoes. Believe me, when a weather person in Ireland gets something wrong, it is nothing on what happened in Florida that year. It got a bit scary, and when the lights went out the kids got very upset. We were prepared though and we had a safe room that we could go to. We had rented a villa which was great because we had the strong room, but then we were without power for three or four days after the hurricane. It took days before we managed to get moved to another location, so it was a complete disaster. Thankfully, we still ended up having a great trip, and a good story to regale people with!

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Where is your favourite place to visit in Ireland?

There are a number of places, but I really enjoy going down to Kerry. They call it God’s Country and I can understand why – it’s breathtakingly beautiful.

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