Work with Me

Having lived in eight countries, and travelled to many more, I like to get to know a place well. I return to the places I love the most to get to know them better, understand the local culture and find the best things that the guidebooks don’t tell you about, whether that means restaurants, museums or mountain hikes.

I am an experienced researcher and writer (I have a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities, which I researched in India) and am comfortable working in multiple genres of writing: blog posts, listicles, reviews and long-form research articles. A full list of my publications can be found here.

I welcome proposals for collaboration. Working with me means working with someone who is committed to understanding the local context of the places I travel to. My in-depth cultural curiosity and understanding of Asian countries sets my writing apart from much travel writing and blogging focusing on bucket lists and the accumulation of experiences.

I specialise in the countries of South Asia. I have spent a long time living and working in India and Nepal, so understand the specific attractions and challenges of these destinations for travellers.

At present, I am living in Nepal and frequently travel around South and South-east Asia.

My day job

I’m the editor of two awesome travel-related websites:

  • Inside Himalayas, a web magazine and annual print magazine that focuses on travel in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. To contact me in relation to Inside Himalayas, email me at: elen@insidehimalayas.com
  • Pink Pangea, a community of women who love to travel. To contact me in relation to Pink Pangea, email me at: editor@pinkpangea.com

The best (and worst) thing about being a travel writer is that play blends into work and work into play! When I’m not editing, I’m travelling and writing about my travels for various other publications.

My travel writing partnerships

Nepal, October-November 2015

I was a participant of the ‘Adventure Week Rebound Nepal‘ trip, which was run by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the Great Himalaya Trails. I was one of 20 journalists, photographers and tourism providers who were invited to Nepal to see for ourselves that after the earthquakes earlier in 2015, Nepal is ready for tourism again. Nepal is a country that I know very well, having lived there in 2013-14.

I represented the Matador Network and produced a number of articles from this trip:

Think Nepal is just a low-end backpacker destination? These 5 gorgeous hotels will make you think again/2015 was a rough year for Nepal. Here’s what you can do to make 2016 better/5 blow-your-mind experiences you didn’t know you could have in Nepal/Trekking in Nepal is as beautiful as before the earthquakes. Nepal is open for business/Why now is the best time to paddle Nepal/10 stunning images that show why the Great Himalaya Trails need to be your next adventure/Why you’ll want to go white-water rafting in Nepal

Montreal, Canada, May 2015

In May 2015, I worked with Pink Pangea and Homestay.com in Montreal, Canada. From this partnership, I produced one article for the Pink Pangea site, and one for this blog. Here’s an extract from the article for Pink Pangea. The rest can be found here.

Participating in a ‘homestay’ through Homestay.com, is a great alternative for the solo, budget and safety-conscious female traveller, especially one who is more interested in slow travel with authentic experiences than party hostels. Through Homestay, I booked to stay with Roger in a two-bedroom apartment in Montreal’s Gay Village. The neighbourhood is an ideal base from which to explore Montreal over four days. The name of the area gives away the fact that it is a place of residence and recreation for Montreal’s homosexual community, and while there may have been bars, clubs and shops catering specifically to gay women, the overwhelming majority of people hanging out in the Village were men. However, it felt welcoming of solo female travellers like myself, too. Much more so than any other parts of the world in which men dominate the public sphere.

Brands I’ve worked with

ATTA: Adventure Travel Trade Association / Barauli Community Homestay, Chitwan, Nepal / Bricks Cafe, Kathmandu / Gaun Ghar, Hotel, Bandipur, Nepal / GHT: Great Himalaya Trails, Nepal / Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal / GRG’s Adventure Kayaking, Nepal / Homestay.com / Hotel Traditional Comfort, Kathmandu, Nepal / Kantipur Temple House, Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal / Kimkim.com / Macalister Mansion, Penang, Malaysia / Panauti Community Homestay, Nepal / Redhouse Lodge, Kagbeni, Nepal / Royal Mountain Travel, Nepal / Rupakot Resort, Pokhara, Nepal / Shivapuri Heights Cottages, Nepal / Style, Body and Soul / The Edison Hotel George Town, Malaysia / The Lodhi Hotel, India / The Old Inn, Bandipur, Nepal / Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, Chitwan, Nepal / Tropical Spice Garden, Penang, Malaysia / UpEverest / World Nomads / Yak & Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal / Your Local Cousin

 

I look forward to hearing from you, and to the possibility of working with you.