Rebecca Apartment Tenerife

Fun, sun and food – not necessarily in that order. I am quite an active person anyway, so after a couple of days of lying in the sun I think: "What shall I do now?" That's why I love America so much, because you can never get bored. There's always something to see and do. I like just to be able to go on a walk and have something to look at or go shopping. I also like going on day trips. Nice places to eat are always good, too.

And it's a delight not to have to cook or wash up on holiday.

What do you always take with you?

What's your best piece of travel advice?

The thing I've always done is drink bottled water no matter where I go, whether they say the tap water is safe or not.

Where do you want to go next?

I'd love to go to New Zealand or Fiji. I've been to Australia, but I'd love to explore those places. The weather is good and the scenery unbelievable. My parents have been to New Zealand and absolutely loved it. My mum loves Australia, too. I've seen some amazing pictures of New Zealand and Fiji, but would love to see it all for myself. There's an ad on at the moment for New Zealand, and it just looks incredible.

Which was your worst holiday?

Six years ago we booked a week in Tenerife. It was one of those last-minute things – a timeshare hotel apartment that turned out to be an absolute nightmare of a place. It wasn't very clean and the location was terrible: right in the centre of town with no views. We managed to change to a better hotel. It was a sister hotel or something, so we just transferred our reservation over and paid extra. It wasn't near the beach, from what I can remember, and it wasn't much better, but we managed to stick there for the week.

And your worst experience on holiday?

Eight years ago we had a week in Spain. On the first day my dad and I – the only ones to use the pool – went down with gastroenteritis. We didn't get out of bed for the week. It was awful. My sister had to walk around with a surgical mask on because it was so contagious.

What's the biggest packing mistake you've made?

I went to a training camp in Cyprus, and had so much to remember. I had my adapter and phone charger, but forgot the two most obvious and important things: sun cream and my trainers – two things I'd be bound to use every day. There was a shop where I got sun cream. I had brought a pair of shoes I wore for gym, but they weren't proper running trainers. I just had to get by.

Which is the worst hotel you've stayed in?

We went to Rome to a training camp about 18 months ago and stayed at the smallest hotel you could imagine. The beds were actually like caravan beds. The rooms were tiny, and despite temperatures of 36 degrees, there was no air conditioning. The lift was so small that it took only one person. We were there for only a week and the staff were lovely and helpful. It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful, and we all laughed about it.

What do you avoid on holiday?

Exercise. I like walking and exploring, but I avoid the gym. At home I train four hours a day. I do 20 hours of swimming and five hours of land work a week. Hotels always have a gym and when I see people working out, I think: "If you're on holiday, why are you in there?"

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