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Alice

Being in charge of our Real Deals newsletter each week has been a crash course in ruthless deal-finding, I'm not going to hesitate to throw out a deal that I don't think comes up to scratch, and constantly checking for last-minute changes in price. It's a world away from my travel persona. I travel to get away from it all, to spend a whole day on the beach in the company of a good book, where my biggest decision is the choice from the cocktail menu and the only thing last minute is my packing for the journey home!

Expertise

ISLE OF WIGHT

I sometimes wonder how I developed such a love of travelling despite having a father who was too terrified to fly. As a result a lot of my holidays as a child were to the British coast, most frequently camping trips to the sunny Isle of Wight!

SPAIN & PORTUGAL

I like the sun, the sangrias and the siestas. Do I need another reason why I keep going back?

ITALY

My family came from the south of Italy, but I reckon I've spent more time visiting the Northern Italian towns and villages.

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

It's not a destination we feature on dealchecker often but I've tested my pretty basic Spanish and Portuguese language skills in a fair few Latin American countries.

BEACHES

Regardless of which country I'm in a beach trip is always forefront in my mind. I like to consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur. If you ever find anyone hiring for a beach reviewer position, I'm your girl (But shhhhh! Don't tell the boss!)

TRAVEL TIP - "I can be a bit of a travel geek - so I'd always recommend reading a bit about your destination's history and culture before you go away."

Holiday quiz

LAST HOLIDAY

Two weeks travelling around Japan.

BEST HOLIDAY

Brazil - perfectly combines my love of beaches and cities with sunshine and samba.

DREAM HOLIDAY

A yachting holiday around the Mediterranean. I need to learn to sail first though.

TRAVEL NIGHTMARE

I lost my passport in the middle of the Amazon and had to stay in the rainforest for an extra week while I sorted it out. But, proving that every cloud has a silver lining I got to have my first decent cup of English tea in four months at the consulate's office.

TRAVEL COMPANIONS

Good friends and good books

SUNLOUNGER OR ALWAYS ON THE GO?

I'm a sunlounger (but I'm reasonably active when I'm not on a beach)

WHAT'S A GREAT DEAL FOR YOU?

I'm always looking for a great deal on accommodation, and I'll save money by opting for basic if necessary - it just means I have more cash to splurge once I get to my destination.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE BEST FOOD?

Italy. I'm an ice cream addict!