Helen Fanthorpe

Helen is a Senior Travel Editor at Rough Guides and Insight Guides, based in the London office. One of her favourite projects to work on is the Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth, the ultimate travel bucket list.

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  • 9 travel trends for 2021

    9 travel trends for 2021

    October 21st, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    With travel thrown thoroughly off-course in 2020, we’re sure you’ve been thinking about what next year might bring. Here at Rough Guides, we’ve dug a little deeper to unearth nine travel trends for 2021. Think travel will head in a different direction? Discuss with us on Twitter @RoughGuides.   1. A surge in sustainability Sustainability.…

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  • Chatting with Kristin of Be My Travel Muse

    Chatting with Kristin of Be My Travel Muse

    October 12th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    Kristin’s journey has taken her from a day job in investment banking to exploring the world, publishing two books and running a successful travel blog with more than 300,000 monthly readers. As a solo female traveller in her 30s, Kristin espouses the benefits of independent travel to build confidence and empower women. Her practical advice…

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  • Coronavirus spotlight: catching up with San Francisco

    Coronavirus spotlight: catching up with San Francisco

    September 15th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    San Francisco is impossibly picturesque, with its steep streets, superlative vistas and candy-coloured houses (the city’s famous “Painted Ladies”). Located in Northern California, San Fran is one of the USA’s most progressive cities. It was ahead of the curve in its response to coronavirus, too, declaring a state of emergency at the end of February. We caught up with Hubertus…

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  • A Welsh walk down memory lane

    A Welsh walk down memory lane

    September 8th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    Rough Guides Senior Editor Helen Fanthorpe reminisces about family holidays spent in mid-Wales, and a lockdown spent craving the countryside. Wales Cottage Growing up, we spent almost all of our holidays at “Wales Cottage”, nestled in the heart of mid-Wales. Bought by my grandparents when my mum was a baby, the house is made of…

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  • Hearing from Colombia: coronavirus and beyond

    Hearing from Colombia: coronavirus and beyond

    September 7th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    With its timeless colonial towns of colourful low-slung houses and cobblestone streets, riotous festivals and amazing wildlife, Colombia is a showstopper of a destination. International flights were approved to return on 1 September, as the country looks forward to welcoming visitors back to its shores. We caught up with Flavia Santoro, President at ProColombia, to…

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  • Share Your Story: Goats on the Road

    Share Your Story: Goats on the Road

    September 2nd, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    Dariece and Nick are the Goats on the Road: travellers, videographers, photographers and writers who founded a blog dedicated to their passion. The adventure-loving Canadian couple have travelled all over the world, and their blog charts everything from saving for your trip to bringing you top experiences and inspiration from on the road. The proactive…

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  • Coronavirus at home: the Isle of Wight

    Coronavirus at home: the Isle of Wight

    September 1st, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    The Isle of Wight – England’s largest island, cast adrift from the South Coast near Portsmouth – is home to an array of fabulous beaches, fascinating dinosaur-fossil finds and the hulking chalk rocks of the Needles. The Isle of Wight reopened to travellers on 4 July, who usually arrive by Wightlink ferry. We caught up…

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  • Coronavirus in Rwanda: chatting with Belise Kariza

    Coronavirus in Rwanda: chatting with Belise Kariza

    August 25th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    Rwanda is a strikingly beautiful country in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Mention Rwanda and many people around the world still think back to the horrific events of the 1994 genocide, but more than 25 years on, travel has opened up to this safe and glorious land. Rwanda’s jaw-dropping mountainscapes include the volcanic Virungas, one of…

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  • In conversation with Kash Bhattacharya, the Budget Traveller

    In conversation with Kash Bhattacharya, the Budget Traveller

    August 18th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    Kash Bhattacharya is an award-winning travel blogger based in Berlin. His Budget Traveller blog reflects his passion for adventure, while simultaneously travelling in style – and on a budget. We chatted to Kash about luxury hostels, coronavirus and what holidays are next on his horizon.   Chatting with Kash Kash Bhattacharya © private archive Q: You’re known as…

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  • 10 best road trips in the UK and Ireland

    10 best road trips in the UK and Ireland

    August 11th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    Exploring the UK and Ireland by road is a fantastic way to go: it’s sociable, safe and – if you choose an electric vehicle – environmentally friendly. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best road trips in the UK and Ireland, all bookable with a local expert through Rough Guides. The good news?…

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  • Spotlight: coronavirus in Nashville, Tennessee

    Spotlight: coronavirus in Nashville, Tennessee

    August 4th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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     Nashville, the state capital of Tennessee, wears its musical heart on its sleeve. It’s long been heralded as the home of country music, with a raft of live-music venues – including the renowned Grand Ole Opry – the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum. With so much to offer, we chatted…

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  • Corona Travel Updates

    Corona Travel Updates

    July 28th, 2020Helen Fanthorpe
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    This news bulletin – which ran from the early days of coronavirus, to help provide travel news in an incredibly turbulent time – will no longer be being updated. However, we’re still providing inspiration in all of our other features. 27.07 – Spanish quarantine nightmares Bavaria is busy rolling out mass coronavirus testing facilities to…

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