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Eating a Zanzibar Pizza at Forodhani Gardens in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Helen in Wonderlust is an experiential travel blog aimed at travellers who are seeking immersive travel experiences and epic adventures at an affordable price.

Hi I’m Helen!

In 2009, at the end of my twenties, I quit my job and headed to Africa.

I was sick of the 9 to 5, sick of the commute and determined to go on the adventures I’d always dreamed of.

climbed Africa’s highest mountain, challenged Maasai men to jumping contests, travelled like a local, went on safari (actually many safaris), volunteered in local communities, had many a bad hair day, saw wonders of the world, rafted the River Nile, tracked mountain gorillas and met some of the most wonderfully inspiring people I could hope to meet.

That trip changed the course of my life.

Masai Mara, Kenya

My travels continued from there and over the last 7 years I’ve been fortunate enough to have many more adventures in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe and of course, Africa again, working for a charity in Zambia and Malawi and doing lots of independent travel around the continent.

Helen in Wonderlust Tours

I created Helen in Wonderlust in 2013, with the hope that I might inspire others to experience some of the things I’ve been fortunate enough to see and do and show you how you can do them too!

I now work full time again, back in the UK as an experiential events manager – a job that I love. Basically, I get paid to help people have a great time.

In early 2016, I had an idea. I would bring my passion for experiential events and travel together and start my own company, Helen in Wonderlust Tours (I may change the name at some point but it will do for now).

My aim was to offer something a bit different than the other tours out there. My tours would be laid-back, adventurous and fun flashpacking trips mixed with immersive cultural experiences.

The idea quickly formed into a plan and before I knew it, I was in the middle of the Masai Mara leading my first tour through Kenya!

Small Group Africa Tour

The tours are designed to give you a good insight into the country we are visiting, showing you every day Africa, my Africa (the one you don’t see in the media or on fancy safaris). The tours have the feel of an independent trip, but without the hassle of having to find accommodation, working out how to get from A to B and booking all your own activities – I sort out all those bits, you just get cracking on having an amazing experience. At the same, they bring people together as a group, to avoid the inevitable loneliness that you sometimes face travelling alone in Africa and also to share the costs.

Snorkelling in Kilifi, Kenya

If you have any questions, or just want to say hi – please get in touch or leave me a comment!

You can connect with me in a number of ways; find me on Twitter , Instagram,  Facebook or Snapchat (helenwonderlust). If you have any questions or comments you’d like to share please feel free to contact me here. Or if you’d like to join a future tour, sign up to the mailing list (so you’ll be the first to know when I announce the next ones)!

Helen x

13 Comments

  • Reply
    Amy R
    May 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Probably the best ‘About me’ I’ve ever read! What an inspiration!

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      Helen
      May 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Wow thank you Amy! I look forward to reading about your adventures in Angola! Hope you have an amazing time! x

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    Kim Law
    November 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Wow Helen I just found your website through Absolute Africa. Your about me is exactly the thoughts I had. I’m over 30 and have finally decided to quite my job to go travelling for a year solo. Wish you the best of luck and I will keep following. I start my journey in Apr next year x

    • Reply
      Helen
      November 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Kim,

      Good for you! That’s amazing! Where are you going on your trip?

      What you realise, is that things at home kind of stay the same, so taking a year (or more out to travel) is not as scary as it seems! You’ll have such a great time I’m sure! 🙂

      Can’t wait to hear your plans!

      Helen x

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    Annie
    May 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Hey Helen! I am traveling to Ghana, Africa, and I have been so nervous and afraid to travel alone there. I am only 18 and getting lost is a huge fear of mine. Please give me tips. Thanks

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    erica
    August 2, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Hi Helen,
    I’ve been looking into planning a trip to Africa next year and came across your site. Its really inspiring! I was looking into some volunteer opportunities as well as joining a travel tour/group. It looks like you’ve done some volunteering and some tours, do you recommend any that just tugged at your heart? Thanks!

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      Helen
      August 5, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Erica,

      For volunteering, I definitely recommend the Baobab Home in Tanzania and Soft Power Education in Uganda!!!

      For tours, do you also want recommendations? Where are you looking to go?

      Helen x

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    Molly
    August 30, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Helen! This is amazing, I am in my final weeks of school now and have been planning a trip to (East) Africa for next year (it’s been my dream since I was about 13). I am so glad to have found somewhere I can find relatable advice for female travellers in Africa. Thank you so much for your blog – it has really helped to clear up questions that I have had so far! Xx

    • Reply
      Helen
      September 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Hey Molly,

      That is so good to hear! So glad it’s been helpful! If there are any unclear things, let me know!!

      xx

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    John Parker
    October 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Such a refreshing read. Thanks for sharing your experience of the tour with us.

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    cia
    December 11, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Hello Helen,
    You posts are inspiring and full of detailed informations wow, am planing a trip for august next year will be clocking 30 so want to spend it somewhere else am from nigeria , and I want to travel to some countries in African for like say 2 months just am looking at going to Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique and other countries around am looking at going to like 8 countries around Africa in the course of 2 months. What do you think as regards the time and budget. ..and will be going solo

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      Helen
      December 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Hi Cia,

      Thanks for reading!

      8 countries in 2 months will be quite a lot, as you’ll be moving every week, but it is possible. I personally would do less countries, but if you are happy for it to be a whistle stop tour it may be ok.

      How much it will cost, will depend on how you travel and what you want to do, it varies greatly. But for me it cost £2464 for 5 weeks in Tanzania and Kenya. I could have travelled cheaper though.

      Joining an overland tour could be a good option to help you get round quickly and see all the sights you want to see.

      Hope that helps!

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