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Helen - Original Traveller

Helen Bedford

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout UK.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Taking the family on a riding safari to Botswana
  • A ranching trip to the USA
  • The South of France
  • Also I would like to learn to cook a cheese soufflé!

Best Moments

  • Being the champion Red Snapper fisher (for the evening) during a dusk fishing trip in the Maldives off Kanuhura on honeymoon
  • Leading a 2 week mountaineering and trekking expedition in the French Pyrenees including a 2 day climb, sleeping overnight in a tented camp next to a majestic glacial lake before reaching the peak (having had to use our ice axe skills on the way up!) with stunning views across to Spain and back into France. A real achievement which will stay with me for ever
  • Crepes and cider in Creperie Pecheur on a Friday night in the 6th Arrondisement having commuted back from London to Paris for the weekends whilst my husband was living in Paris and I was working in London.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • The train from Budapest to Florence via Zagreb back in 1995 to the background sound of rocket attacks when we stopped in Zagreb as well as the heady aroma of the grumpy soldiers checking passports!

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Clinging on for dear life on a runaway camel in Tunisia. Not sure what got him going but who knew camels were so fast!

Explore my blog posts

Travelling with Two Under Two

Whether travelling by boat, car or plane, the key to travelling with children is organisation and planning.

View of Parliament, London

Thanksgiving London Style

It may be the coldest time of the year in London but let the festive spirit fill you with warmness. The Brits, although not having traditionally celebrated Thanksgiving, still love to extend a very warm welcome to all our friends across the pond and invite you to wonderful Thanksgiving…

A Selection of Boutique Hotels in the UK

I believe that you don't have to venture half way around the world to experience something different. To prove it, here are my favourite cool, quirky boutique hotels in the UK...

Fireworks

Fabulous Fireworks - Bonfire Night Events in the UK

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Here's our picks of the best firework displays and events to celebrate this years bonfire night...

Spend October Half Term in London

Want an exciting, fun packed October Half Term break for the family, before the winter blues kick in? Why not spend October Half Term in London, the UK's fun and thrilling capital, full of exciting activities to entertain you and your children...

Enjoy English holidays this St George's Day

In honour of St George, patron Saint of England, we've hand picked some of the weird and wonderful English holidays which make England at times quirky but always memorable! Also, check out our Twitter feed (@OriginalTravel) to find out how you could win a glorious afternoon tea for two at…

Enjoy an Egg-Tastic Easter Holiday with the Family

Have you ever thought about a last minute Easter holiday with the family around our fair Isle? look no further than our fave four locations within a short bunny hop of our hubs:

New West End Shows in London

There are so many new West End shows on at the moment and coming up in the new year, I've put together an overview of my favourites and some festive specials...

Best Museums in London for Sleepovers

What better way to explore and discover 5 of London's landmark locations than tiptoeing around after dark and experiencing a real life night at the museum! Here are our best museums in London for sleepovers...

The Ultimate 'James Bond Day' in London

Skyfall is set to be THE movie event of the year and in our homage to all things 007 here is a taster of our London offering for the Secret Agent in you.

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