Where The Experts Holiday: Dr Jill Nash, Best Selling Travel Author

Dr. Jill Nash, owner of independent guidebook publishing company ‘Luxury Backpackers’, on Canada, Cornwall and the Lake District’s best-kept secrets

What do you like to do on holiday?
I always find it difficult to ‘sit and do nothing’, so I usually tend to go on yoga breaks, diving trips or active holidays, where I can indulge in both exercise and a bit of relaxation! I also love sightseeing, so hitting a few historical landmarks is always high on my agenda!

Where did you last go?
My last work trip was St. Moritz in Switzerland, but my last ‘holiday’ (without the need to review or write-up), was Sorrento, Italy.

Do you know where you’re going this year?
As a travel writer I’m always planning ahead for press trips, so 2012 is already pretty busy with both work trips and family holidays. For work, I’m heading to Chicago, Southern Spain, Dubai, and Cornwall. For family holidays I’ve booked Sicily, Lanzarote and the South of France. But it’s likely a few more trips will be booked before the year is out!

Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favorite and why?
It’s difficult to answer, as all the destinations I’ve visited have their strong points. I particularly loved the Philippines though for the incredible diving and pristine beaches.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
Canada. It’s been on my list for quite a while!

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
I’m originally from the Lake District, and obviously, most of it is covered in the guidebooks. However, Grassmere is my favorite spot. Especially the Gingerbread factory, the local walks and the small boutique eco-friendly ‘Moss Grove Lodge’, which is a chic and friendly place to stay.

How do you plan your holiday?
I plan my own trips independently. Sometimes I’ll go off friends recommendations – or from other fellow travel writers.

How often do you go away?
For work, at least twice a month. But this could be anywhere from Leeds to Laos! On average I’m away 70 percent of the year.

Who do you travel with?
If it’s for work, then I usually go solo or team up with other journalists. If my husband has the time, he will travel with me or sometimes I’ll travel with my daughter – if its not long haul.

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
I think domestically, tourism will continue to grow as there will always be locals who want to stay ‘close to home’. Obviously, places such as the Lake District, Cornwall and Wales will always be popular for family holidays. It"s difficult to say in terms of foreign tourism, I guess that largely depends on the global economy.

Dr. Jill Nash is a Cheshire based travel journalist and owner of independent guidebook publishing company ‘Luxury Backpackers’. Visit www.luxurybackpackers.com for more details on her best-selling guidebooks, including her new book, ‘Family Adventures in Style’ RRP £16.00

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