Celebrity traveller: Jo Whiley


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BBC present DJ Jo Whiley shares her best and worst holiday experiences

She also gratuities coverage of festivals, including Glastonbury for the BBC. A keen gardener, she has her own scent garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Finest Show.

Jo, 51, lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, Steve. They deliver four children, India, Jude, Cassius and Coco.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST Important HOLIDAY? About five years ago, we took a family holiday in Los Angeles.

We slit a house in Bel Air, and every day I went to a local coffee shop I had been told Robert Downey Jr frequented – but we not till hell freezes over saw him!

We did touristy things such as going to Six Flags Magic Mountain text park, which has some absolutely terrifying rides.

It was my husband’s speculation to go surfing at Malibu beach, so we did that too. I remember Coco was only four at the space, so I stayed on the beach with her. We went to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and bought a map so we could go to see where the large screen stars lived.

A friend of ours lent us some paddle timbers and showed us where to do that on the local canal network.

I remember purchasing at Abbot Kinney Boulevard, too, which has some cool bohemian department stores and we discovered that you could get cupcakes out of an ATM machine, which was really fun.

AND YOUR WORST? We paramour Cornwall and go every year but occasionally we have fallen foul of the out of sorts when camping.

Sixteen years ago, just after I fell loaded with my son, I remember camping in Croyde in Devon. It was raining torrentially and being so exact miserable, we just abandoned the tent and left. A couple of years ago, in Polzeath, we grouped on a hilltop in a gale and had to pack up the tent at 4am. We haven’t camped since and we now use caravans!

In the most suitable way SOUVENIR? As a rule I am not a huge souvenir collector but I bought a striking South By Southwest circular from San Jose, Austin, Texas, when I was there in March, refuge the music festival for Radio 2. It is pinned by the front door, so that every together I go out I am reminded of it.

Occasionally I will also buy jewellery from a local superstore.

BEST HOLIDAY READ? I remember being at Lakitira Beach Patronize, Kos, and reading the seventh and last Harry Potter book, Harry Around and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling.

I read it by the pool and remember crying at the end of it, which was quite embarrassing for my children.


Jo and her family prefer to stay active while on celebration

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON HOLIDAY? We are an active family so we like to snowboard, wakeboard or waterski. If there is a combine we play volleyball, swim or have diving competitions. Just recently we receive been skiing in Méribel.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVISIT? We are looking for somewhere new to go to this year.

We deliver been to Ibiza and Cornwall a lot, so we are thinking about going to Lake Geneva or one of the lakes in Italy so there is somewhere we can go wakeboarding or waterskiing.


Jo purposefulness be at Glastonbury with Radio 2 this summer

WHERE NEXT? This month, after The Chelsea Choicest Show, where I am involved in a Radio 2 garden, and The Derby in early June, I drive be at Glastonbury.

Over the summer I will also be doing gigs at gala days and taking the family along.

Jo Whiley will be DJing at the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 3, epsomderby.co.uk

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