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Helen mcshane

Retail Cruise Ship Worker and Wanderer
Local knowledge of the Philippines and south Pacific islands. Sensible backpacker knowledge of South East Asia and Australia.


Working overseas

I have been working in the tax and duty shops on P&O Australia for 4 years. On 4 different ships in the fleet.

Solo travel

All my trips have been alone except in the philippines where I travelled with my fiance.

Female travel

I have taken most of my trips alone as a female traveller including my first big round the world trip.

Air travel

I have been on so many flights to and from Australia and South East Asia that I know exactly what you need to make your flight as comfortable as possible.

Cruise vacations

Although ive not been on a cruise as a passenger I have worked on cruise ships for 4 years so I know how you can make the most of your cruise.

Pacific Islands

I have visited Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. Spending a lot of time in these places as ports of call on the cruise ship.

Australia/New Zealand

I have backpacked the east coast of Australia on a budget. I have then spent a lot of time visiting ports between Melbourne and Cairns and also throughout New Zealand as ports of call on the cruise ship. I have spent the most time in Sydney.


Ive spent around 4 months in the Philippines on 3 seperate trips travelling to many of the main sights and regions but with 7000 islands there is still so much more to see. My fiance is Filipino so I spent a lot of this time staying with his family.

Southeast Asia

I have visited Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore,


I went on a 3 week solo female budget trip taking in all the main backpacker sights travelling by sleeper bus and staying in hostels.