Welcome to Fountain of Travel!
My name is Helena and I’m the blogger behind Fountain of Travel. Seeing as you just clicked on the title “Meet Helena” I’m guessing you’re a bit curious about the person behind those lush curly (natural) locks. I can’t blame you. Hopefully this page can answer a few questions. If not, you can always connect with me on social media (those fancy buttons at the top of this page).
I am originally from Sweden and have had restless feet for as long as I can remember. My very first trip abroad was to Germany as a small child and I wrote my first travel journal when I was 7. It was about 1 page long but started a tradition of writing travel journals that I uphold til this day. I remember all those early holidays with my family and the excitement that would build up every year and culminate the night before the trip. We went to Germany a lot and it’s still a country I hold dear. Fast forward a few years and my family began to explore more of Europe; we went to Paris, Budapest, Dublin….and I loved it!
I knew from a quite early age that I didn’t want to settle in my home village and therefore moved out at the age of 15 to study in a nearby town. It was scary to live by myself but I also loved the freedom. At the age of 18 I moved to Denmark to start college. After 2 years in Denmark I had restless feet again and transferred to university in Manchester, UK. I still live in Manchester and now work a 9-to-5 desk job.
My attitude to life and travel is that travelling abroad is amazing but you should also live your life to the fullest at home. After all, you can’t live your best life for just 2 weeks a year (#LiveMyBestLife). As a result, I’ve done all sorts of random stuff around the UK; clay pigeon shooting, spray painting course, indoor skydiving, the world’s fastest zipline…the list goes on. Basically, I love to recommend unusual things to do and I love to explore the UK; Manchester in particular.
I’m also 95% a city traveler and 5% one of those countryside travelers who don’t like walking, just admiring the views. If there is a train to the top of a hill, I will choose the train over walking. 100% of the time. My favourite way to travel though is city breaks. The first things I look for in a new city are art, history and off-the-beaten path activities. Oh, and food. Food is the best part of any trip.
Random Facts About Me
- I love eating but hate cooking. Convinced that I could live the rest of my life on noodles and cookies (not combined).
- One of my favourite feelings is walking into an airport; it’s a concoction of excitement, adrenaline and freedom.
- Whenever possible, I buy either an illustration or a post card with a printed illustration from every destination I visit.
- My first solo trip was to Shanghai and it was a huge cultural shock but also absolutely amazing at the same time.
- The best place I’ve ever visited is a tie between Berlin and Riga.
Now, your turn! Please leave comments on the posts and let me know who you are, happy reading!