10 Reasons Why Wales is the Best Place Ever (brace yourself for #8)

I love traveling. If I can’t afford a plane ticket, I just take virtual tours on the internet. Then I share my findings here on the blog. Remember that time I went to Istanbul and Mongolia?

Today is a little different because I am going to a place already dear to me… a place I hope to return to and continue exploring: WALES.

Don’t know much about Wales? You aren’t alone. In fact, Wales is sort of  the forgotten country in the United Kingdom. One of their national songs roughly translates to:

We are still here! We are still here! 
Despite everyone and everything we are still here. 
We are still here! We are still here! 
Despite everyone and everything we are still here. 
We are still here! We are still here! 
Despite everyone and everything we are still here. 

Why isn’t Wales the number one tourist destination? I really don’t understand. It is the world’s loss I suppose. Now here are 10 reasons why Wales should be your number one travel destination. Get there before the rest of the universe discovers its amazingness!

1. Their Language is like Elvish but for reals

Welsh is authentically Celtic and yet not extinct. It is Elvish for real life. Oh and because of non-discrimination laws, it is everywhere.

2. Coasteering

Wales has over 300 miles of coastline with some absolutely unbelievable views. What better way to see it than through coasteering? Yes, you put on a hard hat and a wetsuit and experience the coast in the most thrilling way possible: by taking it on full stride.

Sounds like perfection. If that isn’t quite enough thrill for the adrenaline junkies amongst us, you could also enjoy the longest zip line in the Northern hemisphere and the fastest zip line in the entire world. Or go jumping at a trampoline park located underground in an old slate cavern. No big deal.

3. History 

I am currently reading a book on the History of Wales. Who knew how fascinating it is! Seriously, these people have maintained their own cultural identity and language for thousands of years despite having been invaded and occupied for the majority of that time. Not to mention that the industrial revolution practically started here! There are tons of interesting historical sights and museums all over Wales (including UNESCO World Heritage sites) because they really have quite a story to tell.

4. Castles

Speaking of history, Wales is known as the land of Castles for good reason. There are over 400 castles in Wales, many still intact and available for visiting. Seriously, castleing is a verb here.

5. Sheep

Wales has more sheep than any other part of Europe. There are more sheep than people, which is great because sheep are better than people anyway. And they are delicious. Seriously, Welsh people know how to cook up some lamb.

6. Mountain Biking 

If you didn’t get out enough energy rock climbing and coast exploring and underground jumping, don’t worry. Wales is one of the best places in the world for mountain biking and hiking. Or if you don’t feel like the mountains, try the Wales Coast Path, the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast. The path passes 870 miles filled with beaches, estuaries, cliffs, woodlands and hills, There are also city waterfronts, writers’ retreats, fun-parks and historic castles.

7. Welsh Cakes

It is like the perfect mix of a sugar cookie and a pancake… plus currants for extra amazing. Seriously these things are go-book-your-plane-ticket-already good.

8. Hay-On-Wye

Forget libraries and bookstores (not really, just for a second here), Wales has a national CITY OF BOOKS. Ye,s my friends, this is real. This quaint old-fashioned town on the Welsh-English border is famous for having over 30 bookstores to their 1,900 inhabitants. That is a pretty good ratio if you ask me. Each bookstore has its one specialty. The streets are lined with shelves where you can buy second-hand books by the pound. And don’t forget to check out the local fire station, cinema, and CASTLE, because they are all bookstores too.

If you come in may you would join 80,000 visitors for a literary festival that Bill Clinton dubbed “the Woodstock of the mind”.

9. PortMerion *cough*Rivendell*cough*

If you get tired of Welsh architecture (which you probably won’t) you can always visit an ideal Italian village, also located in Wales:

10. Slower Pace and Cheaper Living

I read somewhere that Cardiff is 80% cheaper to live in than London, and yet there is still so much sport, art, and culture to explore! Not only is it cheaper, but the pace of life is a bit slower. The locals are super friendly. And you have way more of a say in government affairs. Whereas in England you need hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition to have it read in parliament, In Wales you only need ten!

Still not convinced. Okay, words fail me:

Don’t all buy your tickets at once. The prices will go up.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

8 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Wales is the Best Place Ever (brace yourself for #8)”

  1. I was ohing and ahing, determined to go to Wales and spend ages there, but when I got to number 8 I was like OK! I'M PACKING MY BAGS AND MOVING TO WALES, BYE EVERYBODY!!! Seriously though, I am going as soon as I can. And I should probably learn Welsh too. Why are there so many languages to learn? I want to learn them alllllll!


  2. #8 definitely convinced me. But literally Welsh looks like Elvish argh. I have no idea how I'd pronounce it, but STILL. Oh, and Welsh cakes look DELICIOUS. You should make them sometime for Good Eats Global 🙂


  3. A CITY OF BOOKS? Okay I'm moving to Wales.
    This post is so much fun! I've briefly visited Wales before, and I just love it. The language alone is just wonderful.


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