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Rock My Adventure – On New Beginnings and Big Changes

Zanzibar Sunset

I’m back in Africa, my happy place!

I’m currently in beautiful Zanzibar with my friend Brenna who took the lovely photo above as we were walking along the beach today. She’s at the end of a 6 week trip through East Africa and I’m just at the beginning of mine.

It’s been 4 months since I left my old job and created my new one. Nothing much has really happened in that time, yet EVERYTHING is different. My life is different. I’m different.

Turns out that I switched the nine to five, for the nine to midnight (or later). But then no-one ever said starting your own business was easy. Running a blog and a tour company single-handedly is a lot of work!

There are days when I face obstacle after obstacle and I’m like ‘Why am I doing this?”

Ultimate Power at Glastonbury

And I definitely feel like I’ve aged a little over the last few months. Well, in body at least, definitely not in spirit, if the photo above (taken at Glastonbury Festival a couple of weeks ago – thanks to Jen at for this pic) is anything to go by.

But you know what? I’m back in Tanzania and I’m happier than ever. I love helping people to travel – especially to Africa and that’s all I’ve ever really wanted from this blog. So all of this hard work and stress is 100% worth it.

This is the start of a new chapter for me.

I have no more daily commute, I work to my own schedule and I get to do what I love. Every bloody day. It’s exciting and scary all at the same time.

Helen in Wonderlust in Scotland

As I was flying over Somalia earlier today (not every day you can say that, right?), I thought about all the various jobs I’d done over the years: event manager, receptionist, mentor recruiter for social entrepreneurs, barmaid, project manager, experiential marketing manager, youth worker, tour leader & actor.

I loved all of those jobs (for the most part). But they were all very different, with much of the same skill set needed, but I never really knew where I was going with any of those jobs. I wasn’t interested in climbing the corporate ladder and most of the time there was no progression, without sacrificing the parts of the job I truly enjoyed doing.

I’ve also done a lot of jobs I didn’t like too; crisp packer in a factory (lasted 2 weeks), door to door sales woman (lasted a day), waitress (lasted half a day) and customer services & sales (lasted 5 years – although I liked this most of the time, it just wasn’t very exciting).

I’d never really pieced it together before, but today it hit me.

All of those jobs, have given me the skills and knowledge to do what I do now. Running my own travel company. They all contributed to who I am now, even though I couldn’t see their significance at the time.

If I’d have loved the job I was doing in 2009, or I’d moved to Manchester like I wanted to and not had a 3-hour daily commute, I may never have gotten so fed up that I decided to leave work and explore the world.

If I hadn’t done those all of those things first, I may never have discovered my love for Africa or travel.

My life could be very different right now.

Helen in Wonderlust

“Here I am, where I ought to be.” (Karen Blixen)

I always thought I was behind everyone else (in blogging, in careers, in life in general), but I was just following my own path. It just wasn’t my ‘time’. Maybe it still isn’t. I know I have a long, long, looooonnng way to go.

So what I’m trying to say, is don’t worry what everyone else is doing or if things aren’t going your way right now. Some people find their dreams at an early age. Some zig zag their way through life.

Work hard (but not too hard) and be patient. Do what you enjoy and if you don’t enjoy it or stop enjoying it, make changes. You’ll learn from it either way and in the end it will all start to make sense. And hopefully, one day, it will all lead you to where you should be.

Ardvreck Castle Scotland

“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.” (Mary Schmich)

So what about the big changes? Some of you may have noticed (although I didn’t announce it) that I have changed the name of Helen in Wonderlust Tours to Rock My Adventure.

Rock My Adventure is the name I’ve had in my head for years. I thought it up not long after I started my blog and I did, at one point consider changing my blog name, but for some reason, I decided against it.

But I still loved the name and always had it in the back of my mind. Then I decided that I wan’t happy with the name Helen in Wonerlust Tours. The tours aren’t about me. They’re about you and what I can do to to make your adventure amazing and experiential and authentic. And so…

Rock My Adventure - Small Group Tours for Awesome People

… was born!

I’ll have a new Rock My Adventure website coming soon (hopefully – if I can find a spare minute) which will have all upcoming trips on! And yes, there will be more in 2018! Lots more! If you want to be the first to know when new tours are announced, you can sign up here!

Next week I start my first Rock My Adventure tour of 2017. To say I am excited would be a massive understatement!

I pick up my group in Kigali, Rwanda and from there we’ll spend 2 weeks exploring Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

Practical Planning and Travel Tips for Africa

After that, I’m running 3 more trips to Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar and then back to Kenya again.

Then I’ll have a break for 3 weeks and then it’s back to Africa for another Rock My Adventure tour in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

The itineraries I have planned are IN-CREDIBLE!!!! Even if I do say so myself!

Masai Mara safari

On the trips this year, we have a real mix of nationalities: British, Norwegian, American, Swedish, German, Spanish, Albanian, Malaysian, Irish and Singaporean. I can’t wait to meet everyone and show them (and you) the Africa I know and love! I even have one of the girls from last years’ Kenya trip coming back for round 2!

I’ll be posting on Instagram, on Facebook and of course, on my blog! So be sure to follow along over the next couple of months, and who knows, maybe you’ll join me on a future Rock My Adventure tour?

Helen in Wonderlust

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Want to come on an incredible African adventure in 2018 or 2019?

If you want to go backpacking with an awesome group of likeminded travellers, then join one of my 2018 or 2019 Rock My Adventure small group tours to Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda & the DRC, Zambia, Botswana & Malawi and Morocco! 

I will show you a different side of Africa. Not the Africa you see in the media, but the colourful, adventurous, wild and real Africa I know and love.

Rock My Adventure 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.

They are laid-back and fun, a bit like an independent backpacking trip (so it doesn’t feel like a tour) but with a group of friends built in – the best of both worlds! Plus you get comprehensive pre-departure support and advice from me!

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!

Rock My Adventure Tours

If you can’t make it this time and would like to be the first to know of any future tours, you can sign up to the mailing HERE!

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Carline
    July 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Hi Helen!
    Love the new name! We’re looking forward to Rocking Our Adventure with you next month!
    Can’t wait!

  • Reply
    Ella
    July 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the Rock My Adventure website and hopefully join you on a tour when I can. I really relate to the feeling of being behind everyone in a lot of things (including blogging and life!), but I love what you say about everyone having their own path and things happening when the time is right. I love this line in particular – “They all contributed to who I am now, even though I couldn’t see their significance at the time.” Can’t wait to read more! 🙂 x

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    July 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Helen.

    First of all, congrats! I’m so happy for you and Rock My Adventure is a great name.

    Also, thanks for the advice in the middle there. As someone who is still fighting through (my depression mainly) to build the life I want, I know that intellectually, but I can always use the reminder.

    Keep on rocking. 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Beth
    July 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    That’s great news, congratulations! When the time comes for my first Africa trip, you will be the first I contact!

  • Reply
    Jo
    August 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Love the tour company name. Love that you’re following your dream. I’d wish you luck, but I somehow don’t think you’re going to need it <3

    • Reply
      Helen
      August 25, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you darling! Couldn’t do it without your support! xx

  • Reply
    Serhat
    March 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    A lively article with great views. Inspiring to see the beauties of Africa. Thank you for the good share.

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