London, March 30 (ANI): Abbey Clancy, girlfriend of England football star Peter Crouch, has admitted that her trip to Great Thar Desert in India gave her a much-needed wake-up call about her privileged existence.
For 10 days, Abbey and her mum Karen joined a gipsy family as they crossed the desert by camel to perform a dance at a fair.
And the extraordinary journey - part of a new three-part ITV2 series, The Parent Trip - changed her life.
"My holidays normally consist of lying by the pool in a nice bikini with a strawberry daiquiri," the Daily Star quoted her as saying.
"All my family holidays have been in Spain and Europe. I've never ventured out that far and I certainly haven't experienced anything like that in my life.
"I was just mortified. I was terrified of every little thing.
"I've been wrapped up in cotton wool my whole life, which is probably quite a bad thing. I was just so upset and shocked at things, like seeing starving dogs and cows. It really upset me.
"It was really, really intimidating because they can't speak a word of English. I was traumatised and was crying.
"But as the days went on we started to get to know people. And I know it sounds like a cliche but we really did become part of their family and I ended up loving every second of it. I didn't ant to come home," she added. (ANI)