Ever since Helen Hayes headed off on a European adventure at the age of 23, travel has been a driving force. That first trip was indeed an eye opener for a girl from a country town of just 4000 people, and was followed by another year-long European sojourn that included six months living in London and many trips to savour the delights of cities from Copenhagen to Lisbon, Athens to Barcelona and from Zagreb to Istanbul.
Helen has been in the media since 1977, spending many years in radio – presenting and producing, almost a decade as a researcher on the Great Outdoors travel show on Channel Seven and more than 20 years working as an editor on high-profile magazines such as Vacations & Travel and Holidays with Kids, as well as contributing to other magazines and newspapers.
A love of snow has led to many trips to ski resorts around the world, including Utah, Colorado, California and Wyoming in the USA, several resorts in Canada and Europe, including in Andorra, France and Austria. Helen also knows her stuff when it comes to skiing downunder, having explored most major resorts in Australia and New Zealand.
Hailing from the country in NSW, Helen loves going bush but also loves seeking colourful characters, historic places, local secrets and hotspots in cities and towns around the world.
“It’s all about the experience for me. I am just as happy sleeping in a swag by a campfire in Australia’s Red Centre as I am in a luxury suite or a stylish slopeside condo in Europe or North America. I love the mountains, the sea, rolling green hills and city skylines. I adore long train journeys or road trips and the people I meet along the way. I am just as excited when I am packing to go away on a trip today, as I was when I packed my backpack for that first trip to London all those years ago. Travel doesn’t necessarily have to be five-star to deliver a five-star experience.”