• Morocco Itinerary
    I’d heard mixed reports about Morocco, some loved it, some found it hard work and some just plain hated it, but I wanted to try it out for myself as I’d never been to North Africa before and the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains have been on my ‘places to go’ list forever. I was [...]
  • Amboseli National Park
    Author Susan Sontag once wrote “I haven’t been everywhere, but’s it’s on my list.” I’m sure most of us would agree. Often I’m asked for my recommendations for the best places in Africa and this question always throws me a little, because there are so many places I love and so many I’ve still yet to visit! But [...]
  • #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou
    It’s 5.30am in Zanzibar. I awake to the sound of the call to prayer from the nearby mosque. Oh Stone Town, how I’ve missed you. Where is Zanzibar? The Zanzibar Archipelago lies in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. It’s made up of 3 main islands (Unguja, Pemba and Mafia), plus a number [...]
  • Solo Female Travel in Africa
    “All news out of Africa is bad. It made me want to go there.” (Paul Theroux) Tips for solo travel in Africa is something I get asked about on a regular basis. Africa doesn’t get the best rap on the news and there are rarely reports about all of the wonderful and great things about [...]
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California Helen in Wonderlust
    In September last year I took a US road trip, starting in San Diego, passing through LA (where I met Jedward, went to the Playboy Mansion and saw Madonna’s bush), then drove up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco which I totally fell in love with! We then headed inland to Yosemite National Park and ended the [...]
Los Angeles

My US (California & Las Vegas) Road Trip Budget

One of my favourite holidays ever, was the 17-day California and Las Vegas road trip I took a little while back. We started in San Diego and ended in Las Vegas. You’ve probably already seen my itinerary posts on this trip before, where I tell you guys exactly what we did and also the things I […]

Morocco Itinerary

My 12 Day Morocco Itinerary: From Sea to Sahara

I’d heard mixed reports about Morocco, some loved it, some found it hard work and some just plain hated it, but I wanted to try it out for myself as I’d never been to North Africa before and the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains have been on my ‘places to go’ list forever. I was […]

#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

50 Photos of #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

If you’re on Twitter, you may have seen the trending hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou. The campaign was started by Rachel, a 17-year-old girl from Ghana. Rachel was tired of only seeing the negative aspects of Africa portrayed in the news, those of “poverty, ethnic wars, and the disease”. She also went on to say “We also want to […]

Helen in Wonderlust

How to Stay Healthy on Your Travels

When travelling abroad, one of the main concerns is how to keep yourself fit and healthy, especially if like me, you go to some of the most exotic and remote locations in the world. I was recently contacted by the Boots Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service regarding their service, and I was quite surprised because […]

Jemaa-el-Fna Square at sunset Marrakech, Morocco

The Charm of Marrakech

“It is very easy. Turn right out of the alley, walk down the street and at the mosque turn down the alleyway and you will come to a road, turn left and then go straight and you will arrive at Jemaa el Fna.” It was our second day in Marrakech, Morocco and my friend Lisa […]

Sunset in Africa

What 6 Months of Travel in Africa Cost Me

Two of the questions I’m asked all the time are “Is Africa is expensive?” and “How much money will I need for Africa?”. Honestly? It’s always a bit of a tricky one. You can travel Africa on a shoestring, if you take local transport, self-drive, camp or stay in dorms and eat local foods. It’s not […]

Llanbedrog Beach, North Wales www.heleninwonderlust.co.uk

North Wales – The Perfect Weekend Getaway

A couple of weeks prior to my Moroccan adventure, I went for a little weekend in North Wales. I’ve been to North Wales lots of times, but I really fell in love with the area about a year ago. I just love the beautiful mountains, the pretty beaches, the quirky seaside towns, the friendly people […]

Moroccan Surf Adventures (65)

Moroccan Surf Adventures (and yoga too)!

When a friend asked me if I’d like to go to Spain for her 30th birthday, I kind of thought, whilst I’m over that way perhaps I’ll travel around Spain a little, try somewhere new, so I booked the following two weeks off work. But looking on the map, my eyes were always drawn to […]

#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

My Africa Travel Budget: 5 Weeks in Kenya and Tanzania

I get a lot of emails asking about my Africa travel budget, so it’s probably about time I did one! I think a lot of people are put off travelling in Africa because they think it’s expensive. It can be a really cheap place to travel, but when you start booking things like safaris, white […]

Amboseli National Park

My Favourite Places in Africa

Author Susan Sontag once wrote “I haven’t been everywhere, but’s it’s on my list.” I’m sure most of us would agree. Often I’m asked for my recommendations for the best places in Africa and this question always throws me a little, because there are so many places I love and so many I’ve still yet to visit! But […]

#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

The Magical Masai Mara

Standing on the top of Siana Hill in the Masai Mara, you won’t fail to feel a complete sense of awe and wonderment at the massive expanse of earth beneath you. I was spending the week at my friend Moses’ safari camp, just outside the Masai Mara park gate. I met Moses just over five years […]

Emerson Spice Hotel

The Coolest Hotel in Stone Town

After spending the previous few weeks in the wild, sleeping under canvas and spotting lions on safari, I was ready for a little luxury. And I found it, at the Emerson Spice Hotel in Stone Town. I knew I was in for a treat before I even got to the hotel, having read the rave […]