The Girl Behind the Blog 


This is where I’m supposed to try really hard to write a unique and interesting intro to myself and this ‘ere blog, but in doing so I try too hard and inadvertently just sound like every other blog out there.

So let’s skip all that, shall we? Cut straight to the point, if you will.

I’m Rhiannon, a 24-year old freelance translator, blogger and occasional server of curry with a smile. That means I’m a waitress in case you didn’t gather. At an Indian restaurant no less. Because I love all things Indian so what better way to spend my evenings than handing out overpriced poppadoms and getting free food?!

Do you love India too? You can check out my posts here.

One of my brother’s friends, on hearing that I’m just a translator, said that he thought “I’d have done something more with my life by now” because I was once some kind of super-genius maths whizz kid so obviously by now I should be living it up as a multimillionaire app developer in Silicon Valley.

Sorry to disappoint and all but yeah, I’m just a translator.

But being just a translator means that I can travel to the 20 countries which have Spanish as their official language without worrying about the language barrier. I can go to the 6 countries which have Italian as their national, or de facto language, and make small talk with my taxi driver. Oh, and Andorra. Let’s not forget Andorra and Catalan.

Being just a translator and working freelance has, without sounding too cliché, opened the world to me.

Freelance translators don’t need offices. They don’t have traditional working hours.
Freelancers don’t have to commute 2 hours each way to work everyday.
We can work from anywhere – literally anywhere – and still earn the same as we would from home.


The Travels


So as the name suggests I’m from Wales and I travel to… wherever!

Honestly, I go wherever I want. Or, more accurately, wherever the flights are cheapest.

Which is how I’ve ended up with a right mish-mash of stamps in my passport. From China to Bolivia and Jordan to Latvia, there isn’t really a pattern or a theme going on in my travels. I go where I want. And it works out fan-bloody-tastically.

My end goal has always been to visit all of the New 7 Wonders of the World and guess what?! I did it in August 2016. So now I just go wherever the wind takes me.

Mostly I travel alone.

Not because I don’t have friends because I swear that I do even if only like three of them actually read my blog, but because time waits for no man and neither does life.

I’m of the opinion that if you want something then you need to go out and get it now. There’s no point waiting around, because who knows if it’ll still be there next year, next month or even next week?!


The Blog


With all that being said, this isn’t a solo travel blog. This isn’t a female travel blog. This isn’t a budget travel blog, nor is it luxury. I’ve written a whole post about not sticking myself in a box which you can read here if you fancy so I won’t go into that now but yeah, opinions man!

A mix of my own personal experiences (like getting kidnapped in Nepal), and what to do where and when, it’s really hard to specify just what kind of blog it is. So for argument’s sake let’s say it’s just a travel blog, okay? Like I’m just a translator.

Not sure where to start?!

You can search my posts by country right here.

Or alternatively, why not dive straight in to one of my most popular posts?!

Explore Your Own Backyard

Travel Slow, Take Your Time & Breathe It All In

My Love Affair With India

5 Free Things to Do in Riga

Universal Studios Hollywood: Springfield, Hogsmeade & That Time I Met Gru


Thanks for stopping by, and if you ever want to get in touch feel free to comment anywhere you see a comment box (no duh!) or by email to rhiannon@walestowherever.com

 

30 Comments

  1. Uncle Spike
    9th January 2014 / 7:26 pm

    So Reehanna, Rennon, Rhiannon (delete as appropriate), looks like you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s….

    I really appreciate you wanting to become a new follower, after all, there are many many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Anyway, I hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.I have added plenty of categories now to help readers. If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, by all means let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great old day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

  2. 22nd January 2014 / 10:38 am

    Thanks for the follow!

  3. 23rd January 2014 / 12:18 am

    Hi Rrr . . . um . . Rhiannon!
    What a great about page! And thanks for following my blog. “See” you again soon!
    WhichWayNow101 aka Carol

  4. 1st March 2014 / 9:20 pm

    Happy St. David’s Day! So funny . . . I was just about to post a general message saying such on my That’s a Jenn Story facebook page, and I turned on my computer, and look! There’s a Welsh person following me! I’m chuffed. I hope you are, too. 😉

    • 1st March 2014 / 9:34 pm

      Haha thank you! Living in Spain at the moment and the lack of daffodils & welsh cakes is killing me, so your greeting is much appreciated! And thank you for the follow back, too 🙂

      • 2nd March 2014 / 2:27 am

        It’s my pleasure. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t even know what a Welsh cake is. And my husband of two years hasn’t quite cottoned on to the fact that I need daffodils this weekend, even though those were my wedding bouquet two years ago, and I have repeatedly cited them as my favourite flower. Never mind. We have time. 🙂

  5. 25th April 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the follow … I have just spent some time traipsing around your site and it’s awesome! I appreciate the solid writing and I love the way you’ve set everything up. I’m fairly new to this but am still rarely impressed by many other blogs, so it’s great to read a really good one!

    • 26th April 2014 / 12:19 am

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate your words! Your Huayna Picchu post was fantastic, so visual – it really took me back to when I did the same thing almost three years ago. I look forward to enjoying more of your anecdotes and pictures! 🙂

  6. 30th April 2014 / 2:46 am

    Thanks for following me! As a Riona, I totally sympathize with the name thing!

    • 6th May 2014 / 1:07 am

      And thanks for the follow back! 🙂 Your name is awesome, I’ve never come across it before!

  7. 16th June 2014 / 3:08 pm

    nice intro! hope to read more of your blogs!

  8. 17th June 2014 / 6:35 am

    Hi Rhiannon thank you very much for your visit and follow…I hope you enjoy my next posts 🙂 I really liked your blog and will come by more often 🙂

    • 17th June 2014 / 1:53 pm

      No problem, I love reading about other people’s adventures! Thanks! 🙂

  9. 7th July 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Great blog and thanks for the follow! I’m envious of your wonderful idea for a blog title – I grew up in Swansea so wish I’d come up with something as witty!!! Looking forward to following your adventures in Wales and beyond 🙂

    • 11th July 2015 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much! And you’re welcome, I love being nosy in other people’s lives haha. Ooh I went to Uni in Swansea 🙂

  10. 13th December 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Thanks so much for following my blog! Your first name was supposed to be my middle name! Looking forward to following your adventures too!

  11. 19th January 2016 / 4:49 pm

    great about! love the quote!:)

  12. 22nd January 2016 / 10:36 am

    Hi Rhiannon! Thanks for the follow! You have an awesome blog. I’m looking forward to reading more 😄

    • 24th January 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to reading more of yours too 🙂

  13. 16th June 2016 / 2:33 am

    Hi Rhiannon! Just wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed reading through your posts. You have a unique writing style that makes for a really fun read! 🙂

    • 16th June 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Hi, thank you so much! That’s such a lovely thing to say. Thanks for dropping by and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading 🙂

  14. 14th December 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Hey Rhiannon 🙂 I’m passing the love back to your site and have nominated you for the Liebster Award (more writing prompts for you haha!) In all seriousness though, I love your blog (as you probably know from the amount of times I comment on your posts) so keep it up! Here’s the link if you fancy partaking – https://lagrenouilleanglaise.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/liebster-award-ii/

    • rhiydwi
      16th December 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much Rosie! 😀 I do love me some writing prompts haha.

  15. 24th December 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Just discovered your blog from Rosie of la Grenouille Anglaise and am really loving it so far! I admire that your posts, while related to travel, are also packed with a lot of humor to go about- definitely spices up the usual scheme of travel blogging! Looks like you just got yourself another follow; excited to see what more you have in store soon!

    • rhiydwi
      26th December 2016 / 12:20 am

      Aww thank you, that’s such a lovely message! I love Rosie’s blog, everything is always so well written and her descriptions basically transport you to wherever she is/has been. Thank you so much for the follow, I’ll be sure to return it and have a nosy around your own little slice of the Internet. Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  16. 6th March 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Just popped over here from Curly Girl’s post, and, well…. I love travel. And I love chocolate. And I love llamas.

    *sigh*

    I mean… I guess I HAVE to follow… It’s destiny! Where are you off to next?

    • rhiydwi
      6th March 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Hahaha travel + llamas + chocolate is always a winner in my book! I’m in Slovenia right now just finishing up a Montenegro-Croatia-Slovenia trip. Heading home and then who knows 😀

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