Helen Elfer made Shanghai her home between 2007-10, so she was delighted to be able to return and contribute to the latest LP China and Shanghai guides. After a two-year stint in Abu Dhabi, she moved back to London, working as a travel writer for various newspapers and magazines. She's currently Lonely Planet's Destination Editor for the Middle East and North Africa.
Solo travel, the Middle East, narrowboating, and where to get the best martinis in London
I love big cities - London, Paris, Shanghai, Beirut, Madrid and Hong Kong are my faves. Also have a soft spot for Kerala's canals, Sri Lanka's beach bars and Jordan's desert.