Living by the seaside is something I often take for granted. It’s something I’ve grown up with my entire life, and I still can’t quite imagine what it’s like to not have the beach on your doorstep. Lately I’ve been trying to get out and about more, as I’ve massively fallen off the wagon with my fitness routine. So I took this post as an opportunity to get a bit more active and to go explore my surroundings. It’s actually quite funny how easily you can miss the most beautiful locations when they’re hid right under your nose.
That’s actually one of the reasons why I started this blog. To uncover the hidden gems of the UK!
You may have seen on my Instagram some sunny pictures of coastal paths recently, and if not, then check out my page (shameless self promo)! But in all seriousness, the second we get a glimpse of sun in Wales, you can guarantee I’ll be scampering off on a long walk somewhere. The UK is lucky to be home to some beautiful coastal paths and nature walks, and in the sunnier months I can’t get enough of them.
Now in the colder months this one doesn’t usually apply – the choppy waves can be absolutely lethal here! But in the calmer weather, it’s incredibly relaxing to sit on the seafront and listen to the waves. I’ve often taken books to the beach to sit and read when I have a few spare hours to kill.
Seaside towns always have the best atmosphere; very relaxed and easy breezy. I can’t think of anything better than cosying up by a bonfire on the beach and watching the sunset. I associate the beach with happy memories and fun activities, and it’s really nice to be surrounded by that in my everyday life.
A few people might not agree with me on this one, but I personally love having tourists visit my little seaside town! Every summer the beaches are packed and everyone’s just enjoying their time off. You also get to meet people from all walks of life who you may have never even ran into before. When I was working in retail, I always met the most interesting characters who were visiting during the holidays.
There’s a world of activities at your fingertips when you live in a seaside town. My hometown has a huge variety of clubs that are available to the public such as surfing, kayaking, rowing, paddle boarding, and an outdoor cinema (there was a screening of Jaws on the beach last summer). There’s always something fun to do, no matter what your budget is.
A lot of people ask my if I’ll ever leave my hometown. The answer is, I honestly don’t know. I wouldn’t ever want to leave Wales permanently as it’s important for me to stay close to my family. Where I’m going to settle down isn’t really a priority for me at the moment. I’m far more career driven than anything else so eventually that’ll play the key role in where I end up settling down.
The point I’m trying to make is that I can’t see myself ever leaving a seaside town, or living too far away from a seaside town. My family home is a short 20 minute drive out of the main town, and a pure nightmare without a car, but still close enough to the beach for me to get my fix. I’m definitely a country bumpkin and I’m not afraid to admit that.
Talking of country bumpkin – I want to get some camping related content up on the blog in the next few months (weather permitting) so keep an eye out for that! Also, if you have any campsite recommendations in the UK that are particularly interesting/picturesque then please pop them in the comments section.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.