Now that the Sept bootcamp is a go, I’m firming up travel plans. I purchased airline tickets ages ago and am now looking at hotels, train tickets and weather forecasts.
Would anyone be able to recommend (or caution against) a hotel that’s near Manchester airport AND the Manchester train station?
I’m also updating my rain gear on advice of a co-worker who was just in London. I was checking out the forecasts for Tresaith…is 18° there a humid warmer 18° or cooler, damper 18°? Trying to decide on a rain jacket with or without a bit of insulation.
(Additionally, is there a difference between the train and the ‘tube’?)
I was in Tresaith in April (2015) for my bootcamp, so I don’t know how relevant it is to September, but by 'eck it was windy! Dare I suggest your rain jacket with insulation, plus a lightweight pac-a-mac just in case? If you’ve got one of those where you can unzip the insulation inside to remove it, so much the better.
I find anything over 16 degrees is T-shirt weather , especially if the sun is out. The Welsh weather is always very changeable but September is never usually particularly cold , unless you are used to very hot weather
Hello Cyd, cmng from Australia I couldn’t work out the welsh summer. Now I know what to bring and this may help. It’s getting further into Autumn so really warm days may not occur but you never know, so bring something you would normally wear on a summer day. You will need a warm jumper or jacket, you will also need a rain jacket of some kind. Also bring a lighter cardigan or jumper. I’m in Paignton now, and yesterday I was cold and wearing two cardigans but today the sun is out and it’s humid and warm. Plan for all weathers as it changes all the time. I have not experienced a lot of rainy days but then, you might. Confusing isn’t it!
You can get a train from Manchester Airport to Manchester Picadilly then that will connect with the trains to Caerfyrddin. The whole trip takes about five and a half hours. As for hotels near the airport, depends what you want to pay. They’re v much like airport hotels the world round. Hope that helps a bit. I’ll ask around for more hotel advice.
The site where I’m booking my stay is offering a currency card as part of the booking. I’d not thought of getting one…I thought I’d just exchange currency before I left…but after reading up it sounds like the safest way to carry cash. Anyone have any opinions, for or against?
I don’t know how it works with US cards in the UK, but using UK cards abroad works fine but you generally get stung by fees e.g. 3% of what you’re spending or withdrawing. You’d have to check with your card issuer over what fees they charge in the UK. You might be lucky and not have any fees to pay, in which case using your normal bank cards would be fine.
One of the benefits of these currency cards is that you (generally) only pay a fee when you load them with cash - in the same way as you’d be charged a fee for swapping dollars to pounds. So long as the card is generally accepted in the UK then they’re a good thing to have to avoid carrying loads of cash around (just don’t forget the PIN!).
Be sure to check who is issuing the card though - visa, mastercard, maestro - so you can check if it’s going to work in the UK.