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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

After my initial trip, I did return home, but my perspective had changed and I never lost my love of travel.

Over the last 8 years I’ve been fortunate enough to have many more adventures in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe and of course, Africa, even working as a tour guide in Zambia and Malawi for a while.

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!

Helen in Wonderlust Tours

In 2016, whilst working in the UK as an experiential events manager (basically I got paid to help people have a good time) – 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

In early 2017, I went full-time as a travel blogger! Here’s the whole story. So I decided to run another tour to Kenya as well as tours to Tanzania/Zanzibar, Uganda/Rwanda/DRC and Malawi/Zambia.

My tours are experiential and culturally immersive adventures, but without the hassle of having to find accommodation, working out how to get from A to B and booking all your own activities. Basically, I sort out all the boring and stressful bits, whilst you just crack on with having an amazing experience.

They are laid-back and fun, kind of like an independent  backpacking trip (with the occasional bit of luxury) and a group of friends built in – the best of both worlds.

My aim is to show you a rounded portrayal of a country for what it really is, the good, the bad and the awesome – that’s the way I love to travel and I hope you will too!

Snorkelling in Kilifi, Kenya

So there you go – that’s me in a nutshell!

If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, you can connect with me on Twitter , Instagram or Facebook. Or just leave me a comment on one of my posts! If you’d like to speak to me over email, you can contact me here.

Or if you’d like to join a tour, click on the links below to read about each tour or visit my Helen in Wonderlust Tours page to find out more!

UPCOMING TOURS:

Uganda, Rwanda & the DRC Small Group Adventure Tour     Kenya Small Group Adventure Tour     Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Adventure Tour

Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Adventure Tour     Malawi & Zambia Small Group Adventure Tour

Helen x

15 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!

    • Reply
      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

    • Reply
      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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    Kevin Fitz
    April 26, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Hi , I am dropping my son and his friend off at Kilimanjaro for a two week volunteer gig with Global Leadership Adventures. I’ve already been to Vic Falls, Hwange, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and all of South Africa and now I am looking to find another adventurous two weeks in a different direction. I’m thinking about Zanzibar or maybe Madagascar or Seychelles. I love to sail and surf and I am torn between that and a Nile river cruise that was put on hold during the “Arab Spring” Waddaya think? Any suggestions?

    Peace & Love, Kevin

    • Reply
      Helen
      May 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Hey Kevin,

      Apologies for the late reply! Have you decided already?

      I’ve not been to Seychelles or Madagascar, but I love Zanzibar and the Nile. If you want to sail and surf, Zanzibar may be the one for you. Although there’s limited during, but it is good for kite surfing!

      Morocco is great for surfing should you wish to venture that far north.There’s also Mozambique?

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