Mad has a thirst for travel, inspired first by childhood holidays in Mallorca and then her first foray beyond Europe on a gap year trip to Sri Lanka and India. Having now visited more than 55 countries, Mad continues to explore the world and delights in discovering new, idyllic places to stay. Her most recent sojourn was a five month trip round Africa where she indulged her passion for wildlife and scuba diving. After 11 years spent living in Spain, Mad is now based in Brighton on the south coast. Mad was a full-time journalist for many years and has contributed numerous hotel reviews and travel articles to local and national newspapers.