Aidan O’Mahony has said holidaying in Greece will some give you of the best views and scenery in the world.
He was once used to jetting around the world with the Kerry lads after their All-Ireland successes, but now his trips are family focused and his wife Denise and their daughters Lucia and Lilah.
If he could, Aidan would head to Australia or spend months travelling the Camino in Spain.
Aidan told RSVP Magazine: “When I played for Kerry we went on holidays to Barbados and Hawaii. I travelled around America and went to The Bahamas for my honeymoon.
“Every year, as a family, we go to Greece. For me, Greece is an amazing country and you can’t go wrong.
“The island of Santorini is gorgeous. You can go island hopping as well, and you will get to take in some of the best views and scenery in the world.”
Aidan’s holidays have changed a lot from going away with the Kerry team to going away with his wife and kids.
He said: “The goal posts have changed over the years. We go to Greece every year with Denise’s two sisters, we travel with six adults and six kids.
“I always take my runners with me and I go for a run most mornings. The holidays are all about the kids, there are no late nights and there is plenty of food.”
For Aidan, his stand-out memories from the Kerry team holidays was just getting home in one piece.
He said: “We went to New York one year and it was so special because there’s a huge Kerry community over there.
“We stayed in Fitzpatrick’s Hotel and went to concerts in Madison Square Garden. We were able to unwind and be ourselves in our own surroundings. What goes on tour stays on tour!”
Is there any place he’s been to that he wouldn’t go back to again? “I didn’t love Malta when I was there, so that sticks out. It wasn’t great. I’m not gone on the pebble and stone beaches, I much prefer a sandy beach. When I go away all I want is sea, sun and sand.”
If the sky was the limit, Aidan would jet down under or spend a chunk of time travelling the Camino.
The former GAA star said: “I’ve been to Australia for two or three weeks at a time while playing International Rules for Ireland and I would love to go back.
“I’ve done two legs of the Camino de Santiago for CRY charity before and top of my list would be to travel the Camino for a month or two months.
“I want to experience it properly while backpacking and moving along every day. Maybe my wife Denise and I could do it when we retire and the girls are grown up and in college.”
Like everyone, Aidan has some suffered some holiday disasters over the years.
He said: “I’ve had many flight delays. I think us Irish people don’t care as long as the flight out is on time.
“When you’re travelling with kids you’re always conscious of other people around you because they’re buzzing around the place.
“There can be a bit of stress on flights because you don’t want them driving anyone mad.
“We’re lucky that the girls are aged six and four now, so we’re through the baby stage where they’re screaming crying and everyone is looking at you. Now, they’re happy to sit down and keep themselves occupied.”
Aidan always packs some food from home for his trips.
He said: “I’m like everyone else, I would always bring a box of Barry’s Tea with me.
“A cup of tea is nice in the evening when you want to relax. Some of our relatives would bring sausages or pudding.”
Read the full interview in this month’s issue of RSVP Magazine – on shelves now