A very close friend of mine is getting married soon and so to celebrate her last month of freedom, we decided to go on a road trip to Wales together over the May Bank holiday weekend. A hen weekend getaway, just the two of us!
I was feeling rather adventurous as it's my first road trip with me being the designated driver, normally I just eat or sleep in the passenger seat. I wanted it to be a spontaneous trip with only one goal in mind - to Snowdonia, no specific route planning whatsoever, not even accommodation. Unfortunately, my friend didn't dig the idea and urged me to book the rooms ASAP. Bo......ring! Anyway, we ended up booking a night at Travelodge and the other at Premier Inn - both at special rates, £45 a night! That's the best part of planning ahead, you get to save some money by seeking out the best online deals through money saving websites such as Coupon Croc. Coupon croc is completely free to use, and they update daily with all the latest discount vouchers and money off codes.
It was a pleasant drive from Manchester to Snowdonia in north Wales.
The name Snowdonia is derived from Mount Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft (1,085 m). You can choose to hike up Snowdon or take the train. We didn't do either as we took the wrong train, Llanberis lake railway, which took us along the shores of Lake Padarn at the foot of Snowdon instead. That's what happens when two girls with no sense of directions do a road trip together.
Here are some of the other highlights of our trips.
Portmeirion - modelled on Italian coastal villages, is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales.
View from the exit of the Sygun Copper mine.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns. A roof inspector, using an 86 foot tall ladder to inspect the vast caverns.
Betws-y-Coed - the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park. One of the most beautiful villages I've seen, very picturesque and not to be missed!