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Elen Turner

I'm a writer and editor based at the top of New Zealand's South Island. After previous lives in Nepal, the USA, Australia, Japan, the Czech Republic, and the UK I enjoy writing about all kinds of travel destinations and experiences.

I am the author of the Northland and Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough chapters of a forthcoming (2022) Lonely Planet guidebook to New Zealand. My travel writing has also featured in "The Best Women's Travel Writing" vol. 11 (ed. Lavinia Spalding), as well as numerous magazines and websites, including AFAR, the New Zealand Herald, Fodor's, TripSavvy, and more.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Nepal, New Zealand"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been travelling all my life, as my parents were keen travellers. But after a foray into a career in academia I knew my real passion lay elsewhere, and so I became a travel writer!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Many people trek to Everest Base Camp, but the most unforgettable experience of my life was flying over it in a helicopter. "

Blue sea and white sand of Zanzibar
Tanzania in December: Travel Tips, Weather & More

December is shoulder season for travel in Tanzania, with a busier peak around the Christmas and New Year period. Although there's some rain about, it's still a lovely time to enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar, to go on safari in the glorious national parks, or even to have a go at scaling Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Swim with the whale sharks around Tanzania's Mafia Island in November
Tanzania in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

November is the start of Tanzania's "short rains" season and a shoulder season for travel. It tends to only rain for a short time each day, and it's still a great time to go birdwatching or see the start of the Great Migration of wildebeest in the north. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in November.

Zanzibar's Sultan Palace Museum in Stone Town
Tanzania in October: Travel Tips, Weather & More

October is the end of the peak season in Tanzania. Earlier in the month, the weather will be dry, but by late October, the rains of the short rainy season begin, and trade winds blow. It's still a good time to spot a variety of animals and birds around the country, as long as you're prepared for more changeable weather. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in October.

White-sand beaches of Zanzibar (photo courtesy of Humphrey Muleba)
Tanzania in September: Travel Tips, Weather & More

September is peak season for travel to Tanzania. Drier, cooler conditions make it a great time to go on safari, while clear skies and waters make Zanzibar an appealing destination for beach lovers and divers. Active travelers may want to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru. Find out more about traveling to Tanzania in September below.

A flock of lesser flamingos wade for food on the mineral-rich red water of Lake Natron
Tanzania in August: Travel Tips, Weather & More

August is peak season for travel to Tanzania. Drier, cooler conditions make it a great time to go on safari in many regions of the country. Active travelers can also attempt Mount Kilimanjaro, while those seeking a more chilled-out vacation will love Zanzibar's beaches. Read on for more information about travel to Tanzania in August.

Lion cubs sunning in Serengeti National Park
Tanzania in July: Travel Tips, Weather & More

July is peak season for travel to Tanzania because the conditions are perfect for spotting wildlife on a safari. The Great Migration occurs across the plains and up toward Kenya, so you can see the Big Five (and many other species) on the move. July is also an excellent time for a beach vacation in Zanzibar. Find out more about travel to Tanzania in July.