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I am privileged to have driven along virtually every country backroad, walked all the towns and cities, and climbed the highest mountains at the crack of dawn, occasionally with ice axe and crampons.
There is so much to see and do in Wales, and deciding where to go and make the most of limited time there can be very difficult. Out of 600 castles, which are the ones we must see? What to see in a weekend in Snowdonia without a car? We have a week to walk along the Welsh coast – where should we go?
This is where we can help you.
We have set up this site to help you get the most out of your time travelling in Wales with detailed destination guides, itineraries, insights and tips on where to stay, whether you’re visiting on a day trip or spending longer delving into its hidden gems.
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I am responsible for most of the imagery and written content on the site. I have worked as a professional photographer for almost twenty years, including 14 years as art director for Visit Wales. I have had thousands of images and many travel features published worldwide, for the likes of The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Times, BBC and Visit Britain to name a few.
Travel has been my passion from a very early age. After organising local youth club trips to France during my teens, I visited the old USSR and Inter Railed around eastern Europe for a month before university. After graduating (History, Manchester) and moonlighting as a music journalist for a while, I then undertook three solo backpacking trips around the Middle East and Caucasus, taking in Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Georgia and Pakistan.
It was as a result of these trips that I took up photography for the first time in over a decade, teaching myself through trial and error. I then began contributing freelance travel features for some of the UK national newspapers. Soon afterwards I began commissioned work for Wales Tourist Board and Visit Britain, settling in as commissioning editor and art director for the former, which eventually became Visit Wales. I spent every available spare moment exploring and photographing Wales and Europe.
I still get the same excitement and buzz from travelling that I did as an eleven-year-old in the back seat of a clapped-out two-door Ford Escort, spellbound as I saw the mountains of Snowdonia up close on my first trip to North Wales. I have travelled the same road hundreds of times since, and still get the same thrill and anticipation as I did that first time all those years ago. What I’ve always loved about Wales is that there are so many backroads to explore, and despite all the exploring I’ve done, there is so much more that I still want to do, and I can’t wait to do so.
I love to spend long days hiking in mountains, along coastline or exploring new cities and towns. I’ve always loved and sought out art wherever I’ve travelled, and particularly admire Bosch, Goya, Monet, Seurat and Anish Kapoor. I love Mediterranean and Caribbean food. And while working late into the night I love listening to ‘70s dub reggae, with the occasional dash of Kraftwerk.
I love to travel and when I am not travelling I love to read about all the wonderful places I would love to go. I read guidebooks like novels and never get bored looking at other peoples travel photos. I’ve been very lucky to have travelled widely around Europe, South East Asia, North Africa and the USA, and I lived and worked in the UK for 16 years. First I lived in London for 10 years before marrying a Welshman and moving to Wales for 6 years.
I’m ashamed to say that after living in London for 10 years I had no idea of the beauty of the incredible country that is Wales. It was a dream place to live for someone that loves to get off the beaten track. There is something mystical about it, a land that feels sometimes like it has stood still in time, with tiny narrow roads everywhere, remote romantic castles, forgotten churches, hidden beaches you’d never know were there. I’m the one that always hits avoid motorways on the GPS so Wales was a dream for me with so many wonderful off the beaten track places to explore.
Being married to a photographer, I’ve come to love getting up at absurdly early hours, seeing cities wake up, sneaking into castles for sunrise, or seeing the mists rise on a mountain lake at the first light of the day. I have also had to invest in some extremely warm clothing as I frequently sat in the freezing cold waiting for the perfect light ! But mostly it has been a privilege to discover the extraordinary beauty in the world in that silent golden hour of the day when most of the world still sleeps.
I’m obsessed with travel, dreaming about it , planning it, doing it. I love that feeling you get when you arrive in a place for the first time and your senses come alive to new smells, sounds and sights – it’s like your mind wakes up from autopilot slumber where you’re so rushed to get from A to B and fit everything in that you miss taking most of it in. Exploring new places seems to make me be still, to absorb, to think more, feel more. It doesn’t have to be to far-flung places, it happens just exploring somewhere new in my own backyard.
I’ve always been one to collect memories rather than things, so don’t ever need much more than what’s in my suitcase.