Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Saturday 28 June 1997
Butlin's (0990 011 011) has some low prices at its Starcoast World site at Pwllheli before the school holidays begin; until 21 July, prices are cut by 15 per cent. Haven Holidays (0990 233 111) is offering a rate of pounds 104 for a three-night weekend stay at its "All-action centre" at Presthaven Sands in north Wales; the price applies on 4 or 11 July for a group as large as seven people - making the cost less than pounds 5 per person per night.
Even cheaper accommodation could be yours later in the year, if you rent an entire youth hostel for a year. In winter, families or friends can hire one of 34 hostels in locations throughout Wales and England. Most are simple hostels with what is termed "background" central heating, which loosely translates to "spartan and cold". Pentlepoir hostel, near Tenby in Dyfed, is typical. It sleeps 26, and the charge is only pounds 3 per person per night if you fill it. Book well in advance. Information from the YHA National Office on 01727 855215.
Two Welsh beaches made it into the survey of Paradise Beaches around the world in the current edition of Stuff magazine (pounds 2.50). Abereiddy Bay in Dyfed is described as having "stunning deep blue water, a tiny harbour barely breached by the sea, and surrounded by magnificent cliffs". The other Stuff selection is Warren Beach, at Abersoch in Gwynedd.
Wales Tourist Board: 01222 499909.
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