Friday 28 April 2017

How Do You Get Two Whales In A Car? On The M4

* Collaborative post

What is it with us Brits and travelling abroad? Every time one of us mentions going away, it always has to be somewhere exotic. Don’t get me wrong – I love a bit of sun, sand, and sea. But, I must admit that I’m also a home bird when it comes to the United Kingdom. I have come to realise over the years that we have as much to offer as any country in the world. That’s why this post is going to focus on a country that is close to home – Wales. These are the reasons I want to travel to the Valleys more often. I hope you agree!

The Beaches

Okay, so the water might not be as crystal blue as in the Caribbean, and the sand might not be as golden. However, the beaches in Wales have a personality which makes them as good as any in the world. I think it has something to do with the rugged cliffs that hug the coastline. Or, it might be the fact that they are so huge and expansive. Whatever it is, the awesome people of Tripadvisor also agree with me. Rhossili Bay Beach in Swansea was the first beach to be voted Britain’s best. If that isn’t enough, there are plenty of affordable places to stay in Swansea too. A word of warning: don’t go in the autumn or winter or you might catch hypothermia!

The Language

I was once na├»ve enough to think that the people of Wales and England shared a language. Oh, boyo was I wrong! For me, there is nothing quite like the utterances that the Welsh speak. If there is a language that incorporates more consonants, I’d like to know about it. Even looking at it can make anyone laugh out in astonishment. Seriously, does ‘croeso, sut ydych chi?’ seem like it makes sense? Of course it doesn’t, but in Wales it means ‘welcome, how are you?’ For plenty more syntactical gold, Wales is the place to go.

The Hiking

There aren’t too many places in Britain that boast quality walking trails and breathtaking scenery. Sure, the Cairngorms, the Lake District, and the Peak District are excellent. But, they don’t hold a candle to Snowdonia. Home to one of the largest mountains in the UK, the national park has a variety of peaks and troughs open to the public. Getting to the top isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort. Well, it isn’t worth the effort because there’s a train. Still, the sense of achievement is miles higher!

The Festivals

The Green Man Festival and Festival No. 6 might not have the same allure as Glastonbury, but they boast plenty of action. When I stop to take a minute and think about Welsh music artists, it makes me shiver. From Shirley Bassey to Tom and Kelly Jones, the Welsh have a plethora of amazing artists. To watch them belting out a tune in their home country is something special. That is as long as they aren’t speaking Welsh!


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