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Why Travelers Should Visit This Underrated UK Destination This Year


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The UK is the most popular international destination for US travelers in 2023, with a 145% increase in flight bookings from the United States to the United Kingdom compared to last year.

Most American travelers go to London, which is the most popular international destination of the summer.

Although London takes the lead, other travelers will venture elsewhere in England or head north to spend time in Scotland.

Tenby Wales

But far fewer travelers will venture to Wales, another country that is part of the United Kingdom. There is much more to the UK than just London, and Wales is one of those hidden destinations.

Despite its proximity to London, Wales remains an underrated gem in the UK.

Here’s why this part of the UK should be on your travel bucket list this year:


1. It’s less crowded than England

England is the UK’s most visited destination, but Wales receives comparatively fewer tourists. The majority of tourists who visit Wales are day trippers from England, so if you spend a few days to a week exploring the country, you’re not likely to encounter large crowds of tourists.

This makes the experience much more enjoyable. Instead of waiting in long lines and elbowing your way through the crowds at the most popular tourist spots, you can enjoy the solitude and tranquility in Wales.

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conwy castle

Wales is full of underrated beaches, national parks, and cities that see far fewer crowds than neighboring England.

2. It’s more affordable than London

Wales is also more affordable than London (and the rest of England). Although London is the most popular international destination for American travelers, it is notoriously expensive.

According to the travel planning resource BudgetYourTripThe average cost of a hotel room in London, England is £247 (approximately $317 USD) per night.

Cardiff, Wales

However, in Cardiff, Wales, the average cost of a hotel room is just £186 ($238 USD) per night, which is around 25% cheaper.

In general, you can have a much more affordable holiday in Wales than in England. The cost of living is lower and everything from food to activities to transport is cheaper in Wales.

3. Wales is full of natural beauty

One of the main reasons to visit Wales this year is its unspoiled natural beauty.

Snowdonia National Park

For walkers and outdoor adventurers, Wales has a number of national parks to explore. The Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks are known for their mountains, while the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has wild and rugged beaches.

Wales is full of strikingly beautiful beaches, dotted with colorful fishing villages and ancient castles.

Cities like Cardiff and Swansea are also worth a visit, but the highlights of Wales lie in the country’s wealth of natural beauty and scenic landscapes, as well as its quaint, quaint little towns.

Welsh fishing village

4. It is easily accessible from London

Getting to Wales is not difficult. In fact, it’s a very quick journey from London, which is the UK’s main travel hub.

Although Wales has an international airport at Cardiff, there are very few direct flights from abroad and none from the United States.

Wales United Kingdom

Instead, you can get from London to Cardiff by train in just 1 hour and 50 minutes. While it’s possible to visit Cardiff on a day trip and possibly visit a couple of other sights, it’s really best to treat Wales as a destination in its own right.

With limited time, two or three days would allow you to see some of the highlights of this rather small country. If you have a full week, you can fully explore the mountains, the coast and the cities and towns of Wales.

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