To date there are 195 different countries in the world and I have visited roughly 1/3  of them. To some that’s simply an amazing accomplishment; to others, it’s a drop in the bucket. When I think that I’ve yet to visit anywhere in Africa, Oceania, or Asia, there’s still a lot of the world left for me to see.
Even though there is still a lot of the world left for me to visit, there are a few corners of the world that I find myself returning to again and again. Within the US [and to a lesser extent, Canada], I find myself drawn to the Pacific North West. PNW is almost as foreign in every way to South Carolina as say Berlin. We speak the same language, but that’s about all we have in common. I love this region so much, that I’ll probably live there at some point in my life.
I’ve also been to Mexico several times, even living there for a year. Germany, especially Berlin, feels like home, and surprisingly so does Budapest and St Petersburg. I’d love to return to Mendoza, and I’ve set foot in some part of the United Kingdom every year since 2012. London is amazing, but the area of the UK that has totally won my heart is the often overlooked western part, the wild and rugged Wales.
There are so many things to love about Wales, from the UK’s smallest capital, Cardiff, to the incredible Wales Coast Path. North Wales boasts of the Isle of Anglesey and the incredible Snowdon National Park. Sheep and cats rule the countryside, and the Welsh language is difficult beyond measure, but sounds amazing when spoken by a native. The Welsh accented English is my favorite English dialect. The best part of Wales is how relatively few tourists go there, and how sparsely populated the country is
I freaking LOVE Wales [although I do admit, Scotland is a close second].
And to convert you to #TeamWales, here are some of my favorite photos from one of my favorite places in the world.
[A word of caution: These photos may indeed make you want to pack your bags and move to Wales ASAP. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.]