Helen Winter

I'm a passionate (see: obsessed) traveller. I love to explore a new country on foot; whether it's through the narrow streets of historic towns, or along ambitious hiking trails in a national park. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @winter_wanders

The Stargazer's Guide to the World

Amid the frenetic day-to-day of work, bills, taxes and meetings, we sometimes forget how insignificant our lives are in the grand scheme of things. All it takes is a step outside and a quick look up a...
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Bed, Breakfast and Animals: Hotels with Resident Pets

If you’re anything like me, you have to put aside at least 30 minutes to say a tearful goodbye to your pets before every holiday. But, for those who really get pet-sick, there are some sympathetic hot...
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What It's Like to Stay at Elephant Hills in Thailand

It’s Friday night in Thailand. In Bangkok the streets are filled with music as tourists and locals swarm the colourful night markets. In Phuket it’s equally bustling with travellers eagerly enjoying c...
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A First-Timer's Guide to Munich

Daydreaming on the plane, I imagined every stereotypical scenario I could come across in the German city of Munich. Burly old men with eccentric moustaches clad in lederhosen, drunkenly clinking beer-...
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Where to Go in Bali

You know how a country can make you fall in love with it? Enchanting you with its beauty, treating you to sumptuous meals, and giving you the most memorable moments of your life? Well, just call Bali ...
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Travelling Southeast Asia

"If there’s one place you have to go, it’s Southeast Asia." That’s what my friend told me, and never being one to turn down friendly advice, I packed my bags and hopped on a flight to Thaila...
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Cambodia’s Secret Paradise Island: Koh Rong Samloem

When someone mentions a paradise island we all think of the same thing: clean, white sand and clear blue water. Like everyone else, I’ve always wanted to stay on my own paradise island – just like the...
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The Best Eats in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s Chiang Mai stirs visions of green national parks, wildlife encounters and aerial adventures through the rainforest. But it wasn’t until I arrived that I realised the city thrives on indepen...
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A Guide to Moving Overseas

If you’re reading this then you and I have something in common: we both want to leave Old Blighty in search of somewhere new. This year I decided to take the plunge and move to New Zealand and now, wi...
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Instatravellers: Aspen the Mountain Pup

Animals on Instagram are the new celebrities – some amassing more than one million followers with ease. One such upcoming furry superstar is @Aspenthemountainpup, who reached 68.4K followers after jus...
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Insider Secrets: Life as an Intrepid Travel Guide

Chris Godrich’s usual ‘day at the office’ can be hard to predict. From finding a goat in his Mongolian ger, to waiting out a sandstorm in the middle of the Gobi Desert, to looking up at the stars abov...
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20 Reasons to Go on an Adventure

In the Oxford Dictionary ‘adventure’ is defined as ‘an unusual and exciting or daring experience’.  And it’s these three words that can sometimes make the more nervous among us apprehensive when it co...
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