The Pride of Britain presenter Carol Vorderman has revealed going on I’m A Celebrity was such a life changing experience that it inspired her to buy a house in Wales.

She also admits the first thing she will do when she sees Ant & Dec again is say a huge ‘thank you’.

“Doing I’m A Celebrity changed me a lot,” says Carol. “It made me realise that I was missing many things I loved and within a short space of time after leaving the camp, I bought a little house in West Wales. I love Wales and I love being out at night. I’ve got a converted van and I live a bit of a hippie life! I go paddle boarding all the time now. You get to a point in life where you think everything is all a bonus. You can’t say ‘I will do that in 20 years’ time’. It made me realise that you need to live in the now. I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Ant & Dec when I see them in South Africa and I can’t wait to take part in this new series. I loved everything about I’m A Celebrity.”

Going on to reveal she visited South Africa when she was 19 after falling in love, Carol says she is particularly looking forward to the new Trials.

She goes on to add: “I went to South Africa when I was 19. I met the first love of my life when I was working on an engineering construction site. My boss was 24 and we fell in love. His next job was in Botswana and I flew over. There were giraffes running around and I swam with Great White Sharks. I’ve not been on a safari for 40 years and I can’t wait now to do the Trials. I will try everything and I will try my absolute best.”

A huge fan of the TV series, Carol says she loves it when the celebrities get up to mischief. “I love it when people get the giggles,” she adds. “I like it when they are cheeky or bend the rules instead of being nicey nice! I loved it when Amir Khan ate all the strawberries! I love people being mischievous.”

Determined to savour every second of her time in the new series, Carol says she isn’t going to have a game plan before she arrives. “Last time I did I’m A Celebrity, I tried to double bluff everyone,” she admits. “I told them I was frightened of things I wasn’t really, like heights! It did sort of semi work.

Afterwards I told them the story as I thought I would never be going again and I admitted what I was really frightened of so now they all know!

“It’s just important to enjoy it and have fun. We’ve still got a WhatsApp group from our time on I’m a Celebrity in 2016!”

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here ! Begins Monday 24th April at 9:00pm