Meet your guide
Hi, I'm Nia - Founder and Chief Guide (I gave myself that title!) of Real Wales Tours. Born right here in South Wales 30-something years ago. A farming family, our holidays were taken between lambing season and haymaking; bundled into our brave little car with my parents, brother, sister and our dog, we made the 5 hour journey from South to North to the land of my (grand)fathers on the stunning North Wales coast. If it rained during those long summer holidays I don't remember. All I have are idyllic recollections of endless days spent playing on the sand, swimming in the sea and toasting marshmallows on a bonfire with skin glowing from the fire or maybe the sun.
I was an impatient and curious child, never sitting still for a moment. Not much changed as an adult; a year spent overseas studying French and Spanish only added fuel to the fire of my love for other cultures and foreign lands so before my poor mother could say 'where?!', I packed my backpack and left to see as much of the world as I possibly could. I headed first to Central America, then South America, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and East Africa before Hiraeth pulled me home again.
They say there is nothing like foreign travel to make you know your own country, and never one to stand still, I began to rediscover my own country with brand new eyes. Friends I'd made on my travels came to visit and I took them with me to my most loved spots and on adventures to explore new parts of Wales together. I can't count the times I have heard friends say 'I never knew Wales was so beautiful'. It made me so proud to see people's reactions when I took them to my favourite beach, waterfall, clifftop or country pub.
My pride and passion for showing off the beauty of Wales led me to conceive the idea of Real Wales Tours. With local insight, Wales offers a constant surprise for the visitor and I just love taking people beyond the tired clichés and preconceptions of Wales to a place of childlike magic and wonder. It transports me in some way back to those carefree summer days of my childhood.
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