Welcome to my travel blog! My name’s Emily Luxton, and I’m a UK travel blogger and freelance writer – focusing on solo female adventure travel and deeper, slower travel. If you want to know more about me and why I blog, then head over to the About Me page first.
Below I’ve broken down what this blog is all about, and shared a few of my favourite blog posts to help you figure me out. If you like me, stick around!
This blog is all about my travel stories. I’ve been plugging away at it for nearly seven years, and things have changed quite a lot since I first got started. These days, I’m a full-time travel blogger – based in Hampshire on the South Coast of England. I travel often, but not constantly, and I try to get as much out of my trips as I can. I’m all about slower, deeper travel – trying to connect more deeply with a place through cultural experiences, meeting locals, and trying new foods.
My mission is to get to know the world – and have some fun doing it! I blog mainly about adventure, food, culture, and journeys… always focusing on connecting with a new place as deeply and honestly as I can.
Main Post Topics
A few of my favourite things to write about…
In a nutshell, my travel style is Deep Travel. That means travelling slower when possible, and trying to really get to know the world. It means connecting with locals, trying new food, or exploring the culture of a place, rather than ticking off the “top ten” tourist attractions.
It means revisiting places over and over, rather than racking up ticks for a checklist. And it means getting “off the beaten path” sometimes, in search of more authentic experiences. But, most importantly, it simply means travelling as much and as deeply as possible in order to see, meet, and understand as much of the world as I can.
Top Ten Posts
My personal favourites, as well as some of the most popular posts. If you want to get to know me and my travel style, these are a good start…
All-time most popular: A Shy Girl’s Guide to Solo Travel
Controversial: Instagram is Ruining My Life
Most Commented: Why I Don’t Count Countries
Home sweet home: 50 Unique Things to do in Dorset
Most Useful: 11 of the Best Backpacks for Women
Biggest Challenge: Climbing Mt Fuji
Painfully Personal: How Losing My Mum Made Me Who I Am
Alternative: 17 Off the Beaten Track Destinations in Japan
Best Writing: Untold Travel Stories
Learning to Brave
As a fatally shy introvert, a collector of phobias, and an all-round general wuss, I wasn’t the obvious candidate for a life of travel. Over the past few years, I’ve faced more fears than I can count, and always come away a better person for it – something that’s become one of the major themes of many of my blog posts. Throughout 2016 I even did one thing a month that scared me in an effort to push myself further!
How I Travel
Deep travel and getting to know the world are my major travel blogging ethics, but within that a whole range of different travel styles exist. So, this is how I like to travel…
Culture. Especially contemporary culture which embraces older traditions. Art, street art, food, meeting locals… anything that helps me connect with what a place is all about.
Food. Food is a great way to get to know culture – especially through cooking classes and food tours – and I love to eat, so food and drink have started to become a frequent topic on this site.
Outdoors. Hiking, biking, swimming, beaches, sunsets, landscapes, nature, wildlife, adventures… I love to be outdoors and, while I love cities too, my favourite travel experiences are almost always in the great outdoors.
Alternative Travel. Under the radar destinations, getting “off the beaten path”, and underrated or up-and-coming places which don’t yet see the tourism they deserve.
Overland. I’m a geek for long train journeys and love the slowness of overland travel.
Fun. Travel, above all, should be fun! (At least I think so.) At all times in life I’m generally in search of the fun – you can usually find me eating and drinking too much, laughing too loudly, and hopping onto whatever activity sounds like the most amount of fun!
So, that’s my travel style. If any or all of those values resonate with you, then you’ll probably enjoy a few of my blog posts. Even if they don’t, hopefully you’ll enjoy exploring the world through my eyes!
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Finally, on occasion I will accept a free product or experience (eg a night at a hotel) in exchange for a review on my site, or I’ll take part in press trips which are paid for and organised by a tourist board or travel brand. That never, ever affects my honesty or the accuracy of my reviews – I promise!
Above all, I hope you enjoy my site! If you want to know more, please comment here or contact me, and please don’t forget to follow me using the link in the left sidebar, or on social media. I can’t wait to connect!