Where will Cheshire celebrities be going on holiday to this summer?

PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 July 2015

Amanda Wakeley

Amanda Wakeley

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Celebrities are a notoriously well travelled lot, but it's not all plain sailing. Here are a few travellers' tales from six of Cheshire's famous faces

Clare NasirClare Nasir

Clare Nasir
is a TV presenter and meteorologist who lives in Wilmslow. She is also author of the Cloud Academy children’s book series.

Where is your favourite holiday destination
My ultimate holiday destination for a beach is Maldives. I have been to Macundu twice (it boasts a house reef)… and for a road trip holiday I love the states, we are doing the Pacific Highway in the autumn. My novel is about a girl on a road trip across US from Oklahoma, death valley, Santa Cruz, Redwood Country up to Whitehorse in the Yukon. The trip is further research.

Favourite holiday companion - real or imagined!
I love trips with my girlfriends. Me and my best mate Amanda took a five-day jaunt to Barbados a few years ago it was heaven, we’ve also been to Sardinia together (again a favourite of both of ours).

Worst ever holiday/trip?
Caribbean cruise, it was spring break, - I can party, but the other 1000 guests took it to a new limit.

Where will you travel to this year?
Been to the Austrian alps skiing, Egypt Hurghada (snorkelling the red sea was a treat) and then LA/San Francisco in the autumn.

What will you be packing?
Every eventuality, the west coast can be notoriously cool…

What do you never travel without?
My notebook, I jot down every holiday adventure and situation – makes for good fiction.

William TempestWilliam Tempest

 

William Tempest

The Crewe-born dress designer studied at Mid Cheshire College and now lives in NYC.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
I like the travel to new places, and don’t often go back to the same place more than once. I’ve been travelling to Barcelona a lot recently to launching my new swimwear collection at the W Barcelona hotel. Every trip there has been an amazing experience.

Favourite holiday companion - real or imagined
The best holiday companions are always family and friends. I really enjoyed holidaying with my friend Andrea recently, we’ve not seen each other for a while and it was great to catch up and have a laugh about everything we used to get up to in London.

Worst ever holiday/trip?
I went on holiday Norway, and although it was an incredible experience visiting Oslo, the historic town of Bergen, seeing the Northern Lights in the arctic circle, and cruising along the Fjords, the starting point to the trip in Haugesund was a bit depressing. The town was grey and small, with not-so-nice hotels and because I was on my own for those first few days into the trip there was really not that much to do. Interestingly though Haugesund is the birth place of Marilyn Monroe’s father which explains her Scandinavian looks.

Where will you travel to this year?
I moved to New York last year, so I’m hoping to see more new places in the US, the Caribbean and South America. I celebrate my 30th birthday later this year so I’ve had the idea to take a few weeks and travel across America from East to West coast. I’d like to plan out the route, taking in the famous sights, national parks, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and some of the abandoned historical ghost towns.

What will you be packing?
I usually pack last minute, so I tend to take more than I need. It depends where I’m travelling to and how long for but I’ll always take my favourite YMC t-shirts, Levi’s 520 jeans and Converse sneakers. It’s always good to pack a jacket, trousers and shoes or something more formal just in case you need it too. With cosmetics I take everything, so I’ve learnt to buy travel size versions or to put my product into the smaller sized containers that you can find. Downloading a good audio book onto my phone, or some good movies is also a must for the flight or at the airport.

What do you never travel without?
My baseball cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, my gym kit, and laptop.

Rachel BurdenRachel Burden

 

Rachel Burden

is a radio Five Live presenter and Cheshire Life columnist. She lives in Cheshire

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
It sounds corny, but anywhere with my family. We’ve had a couple of fantastic holidays in the south of France with all the generations from my mum’s side of the family - a total of 29. It was a big house and mealtimes were long.

Favourite holiday companion - real or imagined!
Well, my family as you can see. But it’s wise to go somewhere you can escape and have time away from each other too... This summer my brother is travelling from Rio to join us for another big family holiday.

Worst ever holiday/trip?
Even when a holiday’s bad, it can be funny. I’ve stayed in a vaguely posh all-inclusive resort in Majorca and can’t say I loved it. Equally I’ve stayed in a Fawlty towers-style hotel long past its best in Devon and had such a laugh because the children thought it was terribly glamorous, and didn’t see the mouldy walls and cracked paint. At least we didn’t have to fret about them causing any damage.

Where will you travel to this year?
We’ve been to Devon this spring, and in the summer we’re heading for Le Marche in Italy. It’s my mum’s 70th birthday so she has commanded that all her children and grandchildren join her. There’s great excitement. It took us about six months of pouring over the Internet looking at villas to find the right one - swimming pool and good view essential. It looks beautiful. I can’t wait.

What will you be packing?
The packing is going to be a comedy challenge. We’re travelling on a budget airline and I always balk at paying the extras for the luggage. Plus experience tells me that the children are likely to spend two weeks in their swimming costumes. So it’s hand baggage only and will therefore be very minimal. I don’t have what you might call a holiday wardrobe.

What do you never travel without?
With my Irish skin, it’s sun cream and a hat.

Pete Mitchell with soul legend Smokey Robinson twitter @petemitchPete Mitchell with soul legend Smokey Robinson twitter @petemitch

 

Pete Mitchell

Is a broadcaster/writer who lives in Marple Bridge

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
If it’s a city trip I like New York City. I stay in a hotel on Rivington Street on the Lower East side and if it’s a less stressful type of holiday on the south coast of France down to St Paul De Vence. We stay at the Le Saint Paul hotel which has all these little bars and restaurants, as well as the famous Column D’Or hotel.

Favourite holiday companion - real or imagined
My wife Helen. She always comes with me.

Worst ever holiday/trip?
Generally I don’t have bad experiences as I always plan my holidays quite carefully but I once went to Lloret de Mar and the plane got delayed and we were three days getting back.

Where will you travel to this year?
I’ve nothing planned but probably somewhere in Portugal , Sintra, somewhere like that.

What will you be packing?
Nice shirts and some music.

What do you never travel without?
Music is my essential - sitting on the balcony on my hotel with a bottle of red and some tunes on.

Louise MinchinLouise Minchin

 

Louise Minchin
is a freelance journalist/presenter on BBC Breakfast who lives in Cheshire

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
My favourite destination recently was Cancun in Mexico. it was the children’s first exotic holiday and they loved it.

Favourite holiday companion - real or imagined
My family, husband David and Mia aged 14 and Scarlett who is 10.

Worst ever holiday/trip?
I went to see a friend who lived in Moscow for New Year and got the flu on the plane over. I spent the whole trip ill in bed just making it out once for the new year fireworks in Red Square. it was minus 20 and it was so cold my lungs hurt.

Where will you travel to this year?
We are going to Orlando Florida, to Harry Potter Land and Disney. The children are absolutely the right age to go. They don’t know it yet but they’re going in July.

What will you be packing?
I try to pack as little as possible, but I always like to pack a pair of shorts, as they are very forgiving - and contact lenses.

What do you never travel without?
A little pillow - that’s really sad isn’t it?

Amanda WakeleyAmanda Wakeley

 

Amanda Wakeley

The Chester born designer is best known for dressing the A-list including those icons of royal style, Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
I have many...however, having had the opportunity to visit Petra in Jordan for a private event was pretty magical! I arrived at sunset and as I walked into Petra the light was fading, the ‘street’ became narrower and then somehow it was lined with candles...you could ‘hear’ the ancient life of the town as you walked through it...finally we ate a feast under the stars in the centre of the old town.

Favourite holiday companion - real or imagined!
My lovely partner Hugh.

Where will you travel to this year?
Rio for my lookbook shoot and I am also excited for my trunk shows in America at the end of the year.

What will you be packing?
Depending on my destination layers of my gorgeous cashmere, my signature white shirt and my cocooning kaftan.

What do you never travel without?
My favourite fragrance – Opium by YSL, I’ve worn it since its launch.
My silver parker pencil as being a designer I use it all the time.

 

Where are you going on holiday this year?
If you’re staying in Cheshire there are plenty of local events to keep you occupied this summer

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