• Posted:Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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The wide appeal of Wales
One of the best things about backpacker travel is the opportunity to visit many different places in the same country. Many people will spend a week on a beach somewhere and say that they've experienced it, but the reality is that if you really want to see a country you have to get out and about.

For instance, staying in hostels in New York is going to be a very different experience to a trip to Texas and the same can be said of much of the US. Similarly, a trip to London - as fantastic as it is - does not mean you have seen all the UK has to offer.

But it seems that a growing number of people are looking beyond the English capital and indeed England itself. In fact, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that Wales has been the only country in Great Britain to experience a growth in the number of tourists since 2007.

And that does not appear to have come as a surprise to North Wales Tourism, with a spokesperson explaining that Wales is different enough to England and Scotland to attract plenty of visitors.

"We appeal to a wide market, because we have a very good extensive range of visitor attractions, from 13th century castles, historic houses and gardens, good family attractions and of course a good range of activities because of the terrain," she said.

I actually spent a couple of days in Cardiff last year and would recommend checking out Cardiff Castle in particular, as well as the spectacular Millennium Stadium.

Sam Buckley
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