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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.

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. "

Madrid / Barcelona
Madrid or Barcelona: Which City is Best for You?

Madrid or Barcelona? These cities have different character and attractions, and we generally recommend spending time in both places on a moderately-paced trip. But for travelers with less time to spend, Spain's two top cities provide a tough choice. Here are some important things to consider if you have to choose between Madrid or Barcelona.

Bhutan in December
Bhutan in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

December is the start of winter in Bhutan, and winter is the low season, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad time to go. It's just important to know what you will and will not realistically be able to do. Here are some important tips for visiting Bhutan in December.

Bhutanese women dancing
Bhutan in November: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

November is the tail end of the autumn peak season in Bhutan. While temperatures are dropping, particularly at night, this is still a good time to visit. Expect clear skies and beautiful views, as well as the chance to see migratory black-necked cranes. Here are a few things to know about traveling to Bhutan in November.

Bhutanese festival
Bhutan in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

October is peak season in Bhutan, but that's because the weather and conditions are at their best. Trekkers can enjoy fantastic mountain views, culture enthusiasts can catch some spectacular Buddhist festivals, and general sightseeing is pleasant in the warm but not-too-hot conditions. Here are some important things to know about traveling to Bhutan in October.

Memorial Chorten
Bhutan in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The first half of September sees lingering monsoon rain in Bhutan, but by later in the month the skies have cleared and the tourists are flocking back. September is the start of Bhutan's busiest season, and for good reason: the conditions for trekking and walking in the countryside are perfect. Here are some important things to know about traveling to Bhutan in September.

Bhutanese monks
Bhutan in August: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

August is the middle of the monsoon in Bhutan, which means cloudy skies, impassable roads (in places), and often-delayed flights. But travelers who do brave Bhutan in August will find vibrant landscapes and some delicious food, including a mushroom festival. Read on for more information on traveling to Bhutan in August.