The Good Morning Britain star, who’s married to Hollyoaks actor Adam Rickitt, often drives up to 1,000 miles a week for her TV role, and rarely knows where she’s going to be from one day to the next
Travel is very important to me. If I didn’t like travel, I couldn’t do this job. Some jobs involve going abroad too, so I have to have my passport to hand and my suitcase packed. I often have to travel at the last minute and traffic can be a problem. The M6 in Cheshire is often like a car park!
I always drive myself, and my sound team travel separately. The programme assistant books my hotels and I’ve stayed in some amazing ones. I have to be up at 3am to start a shift at 5am, so we like to find hotels where you can go back to bed after the programme.
Edinburgh this March was memorable; I went there to report on the snow and got stuck on the A1 in a blizzard for three hours. Snowdonia is always gorgeous, and Cornwall is amazing – but my favourite place is Cheshire, where I live.
I just take a deep breath and appeal to other people’s better nature when things go wrong. My nightmare was a trip to Virginia USA and coming back with 15 reels of tape that the security people insisted on putting through the scanner. On another trip, I had half an hour’s notice to get to the plane, with all my equipment, and they insisted on searching it all. I got the plane with 20 seconds to spare.
I spent a fortune on clothes when I was sent to cover the Italian earthquake. I arrived with just one dress, one T-shirt and a spare pair of jeans. The shops at the airport only had high priced clothes, so I ended up spending £250 on a silk shirt and £280 on Converse shoes.
That Italian trip was the most memorable I’ve ever done, but also the saddest. We were travelling along roads that were completely ruined. Driving along, past sheer drops, passing houses with their fronts missing, all I could think about were the people who’d lived there.
I always look forward to our summer holiday when we can just chill out. I drive so much at home that when Adam and I are on holiday we tend to stay in just one spot. We love going to Taormina in Italy, and I also enjoy visiting Barcelona as it has such beautiful architecture.
Travel, both abroad and in Britain, really does broaden your horizons, and you can find places all across the UK that are amazingly beautiful. Driving through West Yorkshire recently I was stunned by the beauty of Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge. I would never have known about that spot if I hadn’t been travelling.
The Snowdonian landscape is always a hit with Katy
“ II always look forward to our summer holiday when we can just chill out. I drive so much at home that when Adam and I are on holiday we tend to stay in just one spot.
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