My dream destinations: Christian O'Connell, radio presenter

MY ONE DREAM DESTINATION IS STILL

New York. I love the energy of cities; each great city has a different one: Melbourne, Sydney, my home, London. New York buzzes with life. I first went in my 20s and remember going to this book shop in Tribeca where you could grab a book, have a coffee and slice of cake and read it, I was in heaven. Lou Reed and The Replacements were on the stereo. I also dragged my wife to see a David Letterman show taping that blew my mind. I spent two hours on hold trying to get us in and when told we couldn't, I used my English charm and the lady at ticket allocation gave me guest passes. I actually think she just wanted to get me off the phone.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER I'M DREAMING OF VISITING

Ireland. I'm 50 in two years' time and my dream is to be on a hiking tour of Ireland with my best mate, Jamie. The walking will be between pubs, with some Guinness to fuel us. I've always loved it and my ancestors are from southern Ireland. I'd like to know more about them.

The Irish are the best company, the best hosts and storytellers. You walk into an Irish bar alone, you'll have 20 new friends for life by the end of the night. Yes it's cold and wet, but the scenery is stunning.

MY DREAM TRAVEL BUBBLE DESTINATION IS

New Zealand. I last went 20 years ago and am keen to go back as the kids haven't seen the wonder and delights of these magical islands.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC DESTINATION IS

Uluru. I'd love to go with the family. Australia has so many rich spiritual places from its First Nations people and this is a highlight we're really looking forward to.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC TRIP SO FAR HAS BEEN

The Barossa Valley has some stunning views and wineries. I've fallen in love with Aussie wines since moving here and there are some real characters with amazing stories in the wine industry in South Australia.

In his new book No One Listens to your Dad's Show (Allen & Unwin, $32.99), Christian O'Connell reveals why he gave up a successful position in British radio and moved to Melbourne as GOLD 104.3's breakfast host. See allenandunwin.com

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