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‘I was so sick I couldn’t leave my hospital bed – now I get paid to travel the world’

A TV and travel presenter has revealed how her work has brought her to visit dozens of remote countries around the world. She’s been given vacations abroad — and even paid to stay in luxury resorts.

Hayley Marie Sparkes, 40, from Essex, has always wanted to be a TV presenter. It was her childhood dream, but travel is also her main goal in life.

Unfortunately, during her childhood and early teen years, she contracted a serious autoimmune condition that made vacations abroad “too risky.” Sometimes, when she was supposed to be on holiday in the UK with her family, Hayley was so sick she couldn’t get out of bed.

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She told the Daily Star: “I contracted a severe auto-immune condition that eventually left me bedridden and unable to do the everyday things most of us take for granted. One of the best parts of my job is that I’m able to make up for lost time.”

After several life-saving surgeries, Hayley was healthy and went on to work as a TV host for ITV’s This Morning, as well as presenting travel documentaries and even a digital series for Jet2Holidays.

Hayley Sparkes works in a tropical location(Photo: Hayley Sparkes)

Her career has also made up for those missed holiday years, as she travels the world for her work, including becoming a brand ambassador for travel agency Not Just Travel.


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