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Packing for My First Trip to Wales

Tomorrow afternoon, I’m off to Wales for a week. I’ll be flying to Manchester and then taking the train to Llandudno, a Victorian seaside town on the North coast of Wales. It’s an excellent base to visit the medieval town of Conwy and Snowdonia National Park, which has the highest mountains in the UK outside of Scotland.

While I’m in Wales, I’ll be researching a story for iExplore.com. iExplore not only operates privately guided tours all over the world, but it also has a website with tons of useful travel content. Even if iExplore’s luxurious trips sound out of your reach, it’s worth it to check out the site to research destinations that you’d like to visit.

This is my first trip to Wales. I can’t decide if the closest I’ve ever come was last November’s trip to London or if was last March when I went to see a replica of the World’s Longest Train Station Sign when it was visiting the British Memorial Garden in NYC’s financial district. Either way, I can’t wait to hear those Welsh accents and see the castles and the sheep!

4 Responses to Packing for My First Trip to Wales

  1. Greg September 12, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi
    I’d recommend heading inland – the N Wales coast can be tacky and certainly feels ‘English’ for the most part. Avoid Rhyl.
    Head down the lovely Conway valley to Beddgelert, Nantmor, Croesor, Llanfrothen area.
    Conway is nice for a day, Llandudno has its moments, but apart from that the North coast isn’t a touch on the West coast.
    My company specialises in the best of self-catering in Wales – http://www.underthethatch.co.uk
    Just twitter to twitter.com/underthethatch if I can be of further help
    Greg

  2. Ty Francis (@welshwonder) September 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    If you have anytime, please try to visit the South West Coast of Wales (Pembrokeshire – Tenby, Saundersfoot and Pembroke (the birthplace of Henry VII) the coastline is remarkable and the people are awesome). For Americans, this is a useful site http://www.usa.visitwales.com/server.php?show=nav.8874
    I agree with Greg that N Wales coast can be tacky, so please dont leave Wales with just that experience. Its not a big country and getting from North to South Wales is a matter of a few hours!

  3. Ty Francis September 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    FYI, if you had time – You would take a train from RHYL to Crewe (this would take approximately an hour) then take the train from Crewe to TENBY, this would take about 5 Hours.

  4. Heather Hapeta September 13, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    I (a kiwi) spent a winter as an assistant in an Italian restaurant , under a french chef in Fishguard – Wales
    it’s also where I wrote the first 20,00o words of my book (Naked in Budapest:travels with a passionate nomad) – and spent the millenium night in the village of Fishguard …….AH memeories :)

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