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 Content Sources Manager.
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.