As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner (previously a local South African travel interview section on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust), I chatted to Emily Luxton, an award-winning travel blogger and freelance writer.
Emily Luxton, a top UK-based travel blogger and writer, might have grown up in a small seaside town on the south coast of England – but that hasn’t stopped her from fulfilling the kind of big travel dreams most of us can only fantasise about… In early 2014, she quit her job to travel full-time – and she has never looked back since.
Her gorgeous blog, Emily Luxton Travels, focuses on deeper, more insightful solo female travel. Above all else, it seeks to highlight adventure and personal development through travel – particularly as Emily is always on the hunt for the next good story to tell.
And, although her home base remains the UK, she is almost always travelling, exploring new and interesting corners of the globe… Wherever she’s travelling, one thing is for sure: Emily is always up for the next challenge. Sometimes, this means ‘eating her way through’ a new culture, or experiencing the elements that make a place unique, while other times she can be found pushing herself beyond her comfort zone.
Her writing has won her numerous, prestigious travel blogging awards (no small feat) and has been a constant delight to travellers and readers the world over. Join them and follow her journey – as she shows how to not only travel the world – but how to have fun while doing it too!
1. Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
A whole bunch of people! My grandad got me into travel writing with his stories of his own travels in Asia, and with a few books he shared with me. The author, Kira Salak, inspired me towards adventure and writing.
And one of my best friends, Sam, suggested that I start a blog, as a way to practice and build a portfolio!
2. What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
Definitely a bit of everything – but you can’t beat a good adventure! So I do love challenging myself when I travel and getting out of my comfort zone.
3. Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Visiting Machu Picchu! It had been at the top of my wishlist for years and when I finally made it (after a gruelling 05:00 am uphill hike), it was such a magical moment.
2. Watching sea turtles lay eggs on the beach in Costa Rica last year: We couldn’t take photos because you’re not allowed any light on the beach – but I will never forget that experience.
3. Experiencing Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico: I was with some of my favourite friends from around the world – all people I met through travel or blogging – and we all had our faces painted La Catrina-style and headed out to enjoy the festivities… It’s such a joyous occasion, with parties everywhere and music in all the graveyards!
4. What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
Whenever I travel in England, I feel like my eyes are opened! I always forget what a beautiful country I come from.
One of the most incredible places here is Durdle Door, a cliff archway over the sea, close to the town I grew up in… It never fails to astonish me!
5. Worst (local) travel experience?
Getting my phone stolen while I was travelling in Central America was a bit of a bummer! But I had insurance, so I didn’t really lose much except a bit of time while I sorted it all out.
6. Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
Japan, Colombia, and Vietnam… I’ve been to all of them and I would go back over and over again!
7. Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
8. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Tokyo – because I’m dying to eat some ramen!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Loads! I live in sunny Southsea (it’s in Portsmouth) on the south coast of England.
There’s so much to do here. Gorgeous beach, lots of water sports and so many cool little bars and restaurants… Don’t miss cakes from The Tenth Hole or cocktails at Old Tom’s.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Say yes more! Even if it means leaving your comfort zone – in fact, especially if it means leaving your comfort zone! All my best stories have come from saying yes to something I’d normally say no to!
To read about and see all of Emily’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog. Or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.
Thank you very much, Emily, for appearing in this guest travel segment.
Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.