Ms McLean’s best holiday was in Nairobi
Andrea, 48, lives in Surrey with her businessman husband Nick Feeney and her children Finlay, 16, and Amy, 11.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY?
Hitchhiking with a stranger in Kenya when I was 23.
My dad worked on a sugar plantation six hours north of Nairobi and during a visit I got chatting to an English guy who’d flown to the area to visit his girlfriend.
We both had time to kill so decided to visit the Kakamega Forest, Kenya’s only tropical rainforest, to see its amazing spider monkeys.
We flagged down a matatu, which are mad, crazy buses that zoom up and down Kenyan roads, and a few hours later flagged down another car to take us to the edge of the rainforest.
A guide took us in and we spent two days listening for rustling leaves, looking up at screeching, swinging, mischievous monkeys who put on the most glorious show for us.
We hitched a ride home on the back of a rubbish truck. It was the craziest yet most memorable experience I’ve ever had.
I’d never dare do it now.
AND YOUR WORST?
I caught dysentery while backpacking around India when I was 22.
I bought water from a street seller and later caught him filling up bottles from an old tap.
Within 24 hours it kicked in on an overnight train from Himachal Pradesh to New Delhi.
It was like something out of the movie Trainspotting.
I had a hole in the floor for a toilet and spent the journey holding on to the walls, crying. It was terrible.
HORRIBLE..Ms McLean became ill with dysentery in New Delhi
WHICH SOUVENIR DO YOU CHERISH MOST?
Three shells which my children picked up on a beach in Barbados.
I’d just got divorced and this was the first time I’d ever taken them away on my own.
It was quite a sad holiday.
They represent the three of us and how, together, we’ll be OK.
BEST HOLIDAY READ?
I barely moved reading The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins.
One of the great things about holidaying with Nick is that we hardly speak to each other as we both get lost in books.
I spoke more to a lady by the pool who was also reading it, comparing notes.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON HOLIDAY?
I used to be so active with the children, the first to sign up for waterskiing or scuba diving but now they’re older I can’t be bothered.
I’m happy to skip sightseeing and don’t mind where I am as long as there’s sun, a book and a free-flowing bar.
Greece is my go-to. Blue sky, whitewashed houses, a quiet taverna and a glass of white wine is all I want.
WHERE WOULD YOU REVISIT?
Santorini, not for the sunsets or mountain views which it’s famous for, but for the sky.
It sounds odd but it’s so big it makes you feel tiny.
Visiting cliff-top villages and pootling around cobbled streets and blue-domed churches, I feel utterly peaceful.
We’ve hired a villa in the south of France and are driving down for the first time.
Nick’s driving as there are two things in life I can’t do: drive on the wrong side of the road and spin around while dancing.
Strictly would have its work cut out with me.
● Andrea’s new book, Confessions Of A Menopausal Woman (Bantam Press) is out now.
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