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.
I 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.
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.
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!
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.
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)!