The best problem I've ever had.
Life in Wales can be pretty good but it comes with one guaranteed problem. The problem of choice. There are just too many beautiful places to visit. I've lived in Wales for 14 years now and I still have a very long list of places I need to go and visit and things I still haven't done. I have often found myself feeling a little panicked about it, I want to see it all and it's unacceptable to me that I haven't managed it yet. But I'll be honest it is definitely the best problem I've ever had.
When you are so spoilt for choice it can be easy to neglect some amazing places. I think when you visit somewhere for the first time it can be hard to figure out where exactly to go and what to do once there and to know how all your very different children will handle it. As a parent for 8 of the last 14 years I've often chosen to visit the places that we already know, of which there are many, and since it's Wales they are all beautiful. You're less concerned with the fact you're missing out on so much, because your limited rotation of stunning places to visit is still, in my opinion, about 100% better than anything anyone living outside of Wales gets to experience ;)
However, I'm no longer content with neglecting what's right on my doorstep, and in an attempt to expand our local knowledge I enlisted the services of the Real Wales Tour company, and asked if they could help me out. One of the areas I wanted to know better was the Brecon Beacons, there are some obvious places people visit in that area, like Pen Y Fan, but with 3 small children I wanted to know what we could realistically do there that would result in the least amount of tantrums and whinging.
Real Wales Tours is run by Nia, and she planned the most amazing day for myself and my youngest (2 and a 1/2) so that we could see the different areas you can visit, and check out some of the more toddler friendly walks. Whilst also pointing us in the direction of things to do once Youngest is more able. The whole thing was so well put together, I got to have a great day out with zero planning on my part, it was a real treat. Nia collected us from our house, provided a car seat for my Youngest, and a back carrier we could use when He got tired. She also had a selection of drinks and snacks on hand for us and even provided lunch. Sounds pretty good right? That's before you even take into account the stunning places she showed us, and the wealth of local knowledge she shared. I am already trying to figure out when I can get my whole family up to the Brecon Beacons and show them everything we discovered.
If like me, you love Wales, but don't feel you're making the most of living here or if you’re visiting the area, then I would definitely recommend you get in touch with Real Wales Tours and see what wonderful parts of Wales you can discover. And if one day I'm lucky enough to say i've seen it all, then it will be with great pleasure that I start exploring Wales all over again.
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