My name is Emma, I’m a 20-something English girl currently living in South Wales. I have been incredibly lucky and have had the opportunity to travel all over the world. I have often taken inspiration for my journey from travel bloggers, trying out a food or visiting a site that had been recommended by somebody who had actually been there and done that. Don’t get me wrong, I think guide books can be useful, but so often the information is already out of date by the time it gets published, or just omits key facts (ie there are no cash machines on Isla Isabela in the Galapagos – yep got caught out BIG style on that one!) so they’re better used in conjunction with local advice and a few travel blogs. That’s why I want to share a few tips and suggestions on the places I know and love, in the hope that I can help in making travelling a bit more simple and allowing other travellers to enjoy their adventure that bit more.
My current adventure is here in South Wales. Until recently it had never occurred to me that the place you consider home may be quite a far-flung, exotic destination for others – well ok maybe using ‘exotic’ referring to Wales is one step too far! The point is, wherever you live you aren’t that far away from something interesting. It may be a busy city centre, quiet rural villages or wild coastlines and mountains, but all you need to do is look at it with a fresh eye, rediscover the mundane, like Bill Bryson said the reward of travel is just experiencing “everyday things as if for the first time”. That is how you can turn everyday into an adventure. Everyday CAN be something to write home about.
I’ll be writing about some of my previous trips, as well as exploring South Wales. Let me know if and how you are you going to rediscover the mundane in your home area.