What do you do when you are a travel enthusiast and you are given a visa? You find out how many places you can go to on that visa of course!
The UK visa enables its holders to visit England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and for the 1st long weekend after we came to the UK (Easter weekend), my husband and I chose to spend it in Wales(North).
Wales is a very diverse land with the north adorned by the Snowdonia National park, a vast stretch with walking trails, water falls and railway ruts up to the Mount Snowdon; Mid Wales is famous for the Brecon Beacons National Park and the southern park of Wales is famous for coastlines.
Though hiring a car and driving from London is the best option to travel around wales (I'll get to why later), we booked ourselves the virgin trains to travel to Snowdonia.
Here are a few points that would help you book a train trip:
1. Get a rail card (Thanks to my friend from Tripoto for this tip) - Rail cards allows you to get around the UK by train on a reduced fare (1/3rd fare off). There are several categories for the rail card and you can choose the best suited one from https://www.railcard.co.uk/
2. Get a Nectar Card - This is a free loyalty card programme in the UK and helps you collect reward point from multiple partners (https://www.nectar.com/) and Virgin Rail is a Nectar partner so you see where I am getting here.
3. Install the train line app - The trainline app is an easy app using which you can book train tickets in the UK. The bar codes of the tickets are saved in the app itself so that you do not have to bother about carrying print outs. The bar codes are usually scanned in the train by the conductor.