I’m Helena, pronounced hell-eeee-nah if you’re wondering. I’m a backpacker, writer, music lover, mental health advocate and many other things that will take up too much space here to describe.
I’ve backpacked all around the world and to every continent except Antarctica (but it’s on the never ending list). Even if I was totally rich, I would still backpack as a way of travelling. I love meeting new people from different parts of the world and forming new friendships, however fleeting. I love feeling like I’m part of a community. I love finding out about little hidden gems in a country that you can only really know from meeting other fellow backpackers.
I also have an anxious mind, I like to get that out straight away.
So what’s this blog about? Well, I also love writing and helping people, so I wanted to combine all my loves to help people like you see the world and look after your mental health.
I’ve road tripped around Albania and gotten stuck on the side of a cliff in a VW Golf, I’ve camped next to elephants on safari in Africa and I’ve taken magic mushrooms on secret mountains and surfed the coast of Mexico. You’ll read all about how you can embark on these fun adventures here.
I turned 30 this year and quit the Corporate Ladder Climbing Job for a second time to travel indefinitely. I’m now spending my glorious days backpacking around Mexico, Central and South America with no return in sight.
My mum tells me I have Peter Pan Syndrome and will never settle down. I think she could be right.
On the mental health stuff, I long to live in a world where it’s no longer stigmatised and people suffer less. A world where we have no fear in discussing deep things, being vulnerable and working on ourselves while living fun, fulfilled lives. This blog is my contribution to getting to that magical place.
I’ve read countless books, listened to hundreds of podcasts and saw an amazing therapist for many years. People reckon I’m pretty good at talking about emotions and understanding others.
Sharing this knowledge, along with travel tips from my backpacking adventures eases my anxiety and it helps you. See, mental health and travel really is a bloody awesome combo.