Blogs by Helen Winter

Written by 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

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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... Read More »
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... Read More »
An Insider’s Guide to Wildlife Photography
Getting the perfect photo isn't easy – and it’s even harder when you’re trying to snap a moving, unpredictable subject. It’s an art that professional wildlife... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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,... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
North America
The USA’s National Parks are Coming to a Screen Near You
Transport yourself from the cinema chair to the beautiful landscapes of the USA’s most incredible National Parks with the release of the ‘National Parks... Read More »
10 Best Benches Around the World
When you’re discovering a new country, it’s easy to find yourself rushing through a whirlwind checklist. But, there is nothing better than having a moment to... Read More »
Thailand's Best Festivals throughout the Year
Thailand is an incredible country any day of the year but, if you want to see this Southeast Asian gem at it’s most vibrant, plan your holiday so it coincides... Read More »
Instatravellers: the Photographic Flight Attendant
As a flight attendant, Katrin Tochtermann travels all over the globe while the furthest most of us travel is to the printer and back. Her beautiful Instagram is full... Read More »
Where to go this Winter
Oh why, oh why are we talking about winter, we hear you ask. We're well aware that the last dregs of summer (if you can call it that!) are still with us, but we know... Read More »
A Graphic Guide to Planning Your Queensland Holiday
Australia doesn’t hide the fact that it’s big – like the sixth largest country in the world and the same size as Europe, big! You may be able to narrow your Aussie... Read More »
7 Must-try Cocktails in the USA
Since it’s bootlegging days, the USA has been rife with alcohol experimentation and home-grown distilleries. So, it’s no surprise that a cocktail menu in the US can... Read More »
Instatravellers: Introducing The First Piper
Instagram is filled with incredible travel photos, from stunning mountain landscapes, climbing cats, and drool-inducing foodie shots. But, Ross Jennings, aka The First... Read More »
Instatravellers: Meet Millie, the Rock Climbing Cat
Craig Armstrong is the proud owner of Millie, a beautiful, black fluffy cat. But unlike other cats, she doesn’t spend (all) her time napping around the house and... Read More »
@GirlEatWorld: Meeting the Instagrammer Behind the Camera
Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has become so much more than Valencia selfies or X-Pro II cats. Beautifully shot images of fashion, travel, and of course food,... Read More »
4 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List
For some travellers, a simple walk around a city, or a day sun bathing at the beach simply will not do. The adventurer in us doesn't just want to explore a place or... Read More »
Animal Cafés: The World’s Newest Trend
Have you ever wished you could enjoy your tea with a cat by your side? Or nibble on some pastries while an owl perches nearby? Well you're in luck because the latest... Read More »
Singapore Launches First Drone Restaurant
The popular restaurant chain Timebre, in Singapore, has employed a number of flying drones to deliver food and drinks to its... Read More »
North America
The Rise of Celebrity Audio Tours
A huge part of visiting a new country is uncovering its history and culture through exhibitions, museums, and world heritage sites. It’s also where you’ll commonly... Read More »
The Big Eats in Texas
Texas has a larger than life attitude, with its big cowboy hats, huge cities, and overwhelming cuisine. From meat heavy, to Mexican wonders, and vegetarian cafes, here... Read More »
Unwrapping Hong Kong’s Chocolate Trail
Ever wonder what a real life Willy Wonka chocolate factory looks like? Well, in between January 23rd to March 1st you’ll be able to find it at Hong Kong’s sixth... Read More »
Play and Win: Wordoku Around The World
Play our Wordoku game and win a one of three amazing prizes!Have you had enough of Sodoku? Well, how about trying your hand at Wordoku Around The World! If you know your... Read More »
North America
Love on location in New York
Rom Com and Chick Flick fans will now be able to follow in the footsteps of their loved-up characters on a new New York location tour.Appropriately named the Romantic... Read More »
Staying fit and healthy on holiday
The gyms are full, the shops are running low on kale and lentils, and the health kick has begun. But, there’s one challenge that faces all of us – the holiday... Read More »