About Wandering Welsh Girl

Hi! Welcome to Wandering Welsh Girl!

This website exists to bring you the best information about adventure travel in off the beaten path destinations. Through the medium of story telling and photography I hope to inspire your next big adventure!

On this website I provide detailed travel itineraries, destination & hiking guides and product reviews, designed to help you get on your way.

Who am I?

My name’s Louise. I come from the small country of Wales in the UK and I’m the creator behind Wandering Welsh Girl. I work as a travel, hiking and snowboard guide.

I’ve been living mostly a nomadic life since 2009 and when I’m not working I spend my time snowboarding, hiking and generally enjoying life in the outdoors.

For the last 8 years I’ve shared this lifestyle with my fiancé Nick and the closest thing we have to a house is a campervan called Jeff!

My Story

Ever since I can remember I wanted get out of my home town and see what else the world had to offer. I never quite bought into the societal norm of getting an education, then a career, then finding a husband and starting a family.

However, I started out along that path and by the time I was 21, I had my University degree, found a job and had a house to live in!

Things didn’t stay that way for too long though and in 2006 I found myself packing my bags and heading off on my first big adventure. I did what everyone else was doing at the time and booked a multi-stop plane ticket to Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia. (All for £550!!!!)

When I returned home after 6 months I knew it was the start of something more and spent the next two years working and saving money. In 2009, with money in my pockets, I moved to Canada and became a snowboard instructor.

I spent 3 years in Canada using my working holiday visa before moving to California. I spent the following 2 years living and working at Lake Tahoe, doing road trips to other parts of the States when I could.

Then in 2013 came an even bigger change. I got my bus driving license and became a tour leader/driver for an overland adventure company. In this role I ran tours all across Asia, Africa and the Americas and accrued some unforgettable experiences right up until travel came to a grinding halt in 2020.

During this time I also managed to squeeze in 2 winter seasons in Japan and 2 in Italy. With all this wandering, I’ve visited around 80 countries and have no intentions of stopping just yet!

Why Set Up a Blog?

In the summer of 2019 I decided to create this blog in the hope of sharing some of my experiences with the world!

As an overland adventure tour leader it was my job to research destinations and arrange suitable itineraries for my customers. So in this blog I hope to share all the useful information I’ve learned about travelling to off the beaten path destinations. As a mountain leader, I also want to share useable guides about the epic hikes I’ve done in the UK and beyond.

When we found ourselves homeless and unable to travel in 2020, Nick and I bought a campervan which we have lived in on and off ever since. This included a 7 month trip to Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, The Netherlands and Scotland in 2021/2022. In the blog we want share our experience of van life so that others can learn from our mistakes! 

What’s Next?

Throughout 2023 we were mostly based in Chepstow where I worked as an outdoor activity instructor for GoApe and led guided trips in the mountains. During winter Nick jetted off to a job in Antartica whilst I headed back to Japan to work as a snowboard guide.

In 2024 we are based in North Wales where we both work as mountain guides. If you’re in the area be sure to come join us for a hike!

My Top Adventures to date

In time I hope to share more of my adventures on this blog, but until then here are some of the highlights. I share these things not to brag, but to demonstrate some of the awesome travelling adventures that are possible!

What’s On My Bucket List

  • Return to Iceland to see the Northern Lights
  • See Polar bears in Norway
  • Explore the Faroe Islands
  • Visit Madeira
  • Drive my campervan to Turkey, exploring eastern Europe along the way
  • See the Pyramids in Egypt
  • Visit Namibia, Botswana and South Africa
  • Hike the John Muir Trail in California
  • Tour Scandinavia in my campervan
  • Hike to the Lost City in Columbia
  • Scuba dive in the Galapagos
  • Hike Mt Roraima and see Angel Falls
  • Hike to K2 Basecamp
  • And finally, buy a house in the Alps!  

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