GoNOMAD Writer Profiles
Helena Wahlstrom: Northern Wanderer
Growing up in peaceful, isolated and freezing cold Finland, she welcomed the chance to hop on a plane whenever she could and head for more temperate climates. Over the years, she has continued traveling, putting the most distance between herself and her homeland when visiting Japan and Hawaii.
In 2005, Helena headed to Atlanta, Georgia to begin her studies in English. After two years, she decided a change of climate as well as major was in order, and despite her tragic aversion to cold, transferred to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she will be wrapping up her Journalism studies at the end of the Fall 2011 semester.
After graduation, the wide world awaits! While she has only been traveling within the States for the past four years, Helena looks forward to visiting places like Austria, the Netherlands, New Zealand and various locations in Asia.
Other than travel, Helena loves to write. In addition to her work at GoNOMAD, she enjoys blogging and fiction writing. She is also a voracious reader, spending most of her free time with her nose in books ranging from speculative fiction to nonfiction to fantasy to mainstream fiction, or blogs, online newspapers and magazines.
As a lifelong traveler and writer, Helena plans to continue seeing the world and writing about it, whether each new location is a plane ride away or just a stroll around the corner.
Helena Wahlstrom: She's a Keeper!
Another thing that stuns me about Helena and some of the other great interns we have had is how facile they all are with keyboards, computers and working with data from the cloud. Not intimidated, just plunge right in, and they create photo galleries, upload mailing lists, copy and paste massively, and in general, aren’t phased by the challenges that many of us oldsters cringe at. It’s marvelous!
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The perfect luggage is convenient enough to erase itself from the traveler’s mind: it makes everything easier, allowing travelers to focus on what matters -- their fantastic journey. Bad luggage, meanwhile, can make it difficult to enjoy traveling, even if it’s only with us on our way to and from the airport.
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