Random Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Me

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Me at Lake Atitlan Guatemala - Blue WM

Last week, I updated my About Me page a little bit, and it reminded me that there’s still an awful lot you don’t know about me. I’m trying to share more of myself on the blog at the moment, and let you in on the real me. The me that doesn’t always show up in blog posts, because I tend to focus more on the destinations I visit than on myself, and because I’m hopelessly shy and tend to assume that no one wants to know. But, just in case you DO want to, here’s everything you could possibly ever want to know about me. As well as a load of stuff you probably didn’t…

I come from an enormous family. I have three sisters and two brothers – and I am very much a middle child in just about every sense. I Kids at the Nothe Fortalso have two brothers in law (and one brother in law to be), and at the last count I’m up to NINE nieces and nephews. I love all those kids to pieces and would love to tell you all the weird and wonderful quirks that make them awesome – but let’s face it, no one is interested in children they aren’t related to.

My mum died when I was 18. I wrote a post about it recently – which was the first time I’ve mentioned it on this blog, despite the fact that it’s a hugely defining part of my life. It’s been ten years since she left my life, and I miss her every day.

I’m from Weymouth – which is in England. It’s on the South coast and it’s pretty small, so you’re forgiven for never having heard of it. I moan about Weymouth all the time, but I love it really.

I am a massive geek. And I love it.

I have a lisp. It used to really bother me, but what can I do about it? So I’m trying to learn to love it – although speaking on video keeps reminding me how awful it is.

My favourite movies of all time, in order, are Back to the Future, Star Wars (specifically A New Hope), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Road to El Dorado, and Jurassic Park.

I know way too much about Harry Potter. I know more about Harry Potter and the wizarding world than I do about any real world historical period, country, or situation. I most probably know more about Harry Potter than you do. I know the lengths of people’s wands and Harry’s date of birth and the password to the prefects’ bathroom on the fifth floor. Seriously, it’s ridiculous.

Dessert is my favourite food. I eat way too many sweets and chocolate, and have a very intense relationship with cake that I don’t care to talk about.

If there is one thing on earth that I want more than anything in the world, it’s a pair of 1980s white leather Nike bruins à la Marty McFly.

My favourite country in the whole world is Colombia. I can’t even tell you why with any certainty. It might just be because it was the first place I went backpacking, or it might be the people, or it might just be how awesome it is. All I know is I love it, fervently and enthusiastically. And I want to go back.

At university I studied photography. I wasn’t much good and found the course annoying, so I didn’t do that well. Who knew taking photos would become such a big part of my job?

I love video games. A lot. (Massive geek).

Before I was a travel blogger, I worked a series of (crappy) customer services jobs around England, which included three years in the April Travel Round Upcomplaints and escalations department of a gas company call centre (not naming any names). It was AWFUL. Please don’t yell at call centre staff. They’re just people like me who hate their jobs and would very much like to not be at work talking to you!

I have a recently discovered, unabashed love of karaoke. I’m a terrible but enthusiastic singer, and I don’t care who knows. Grease Medley anyone?

My first crush was either Marty McFly or Bert Racoon – but I’m not sure who came first. The first “real” person would have been my primary school boyfriend Jackson. We were together until we were about 8 and kissed once. It was a beautiful romance!

Recently I caved in to my strong geeky desires and got a deathly hallows tattoo. It’s amazing.

I only recently learnt to drive. Passed my test in 2019, aged 31!

I have a surprising talent for building flat-pack furniture. Its basically big Lego.

My other favourite useless talent is that I can pee in a squat toilet in Asia with a heavy backpack on and not fall over or touch any dirty surfaces. I’m very proud of that.

The proudest moment of my life was discovering my patronus would be a dolphin (on Pottermore). I was also sorted into Ravenclaw. Couldn’t be happier!

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who write on route instead of en route.

The best sunrise I ever saw was from Mount Batur in Indonesia. We left Ubud at 2am, hiked up in the dark, and arrived just in time for the most spectacular golden sunrise I’ve ever witnessed. The hike nearly killed me (because I’m a big fat lazy moaner) but I did it and I’ve maybe never been quite so proud of myself.

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek Review

The longest bus ride of my life was 29 hours in Brazil. After that, nothing fazes me!

If I could have a pet, it would be a bearded dragon. I like them because their name sounds like an innuendo and because they can eat big spiders for me. When I stop travelling all the time (it might happen one day), it’s the first thing I’ll get.

My dream travel companion would be Nate Drake (from the Uncharted video games). He is the hottest bunch of pixels I’ve ever seen! I might marry him when I grow up.

I once saw a dog riding a horse in Colombia and it was the all-time highlight of my life.

Q&A Time

I got stuck thinking of random facts, so I asked people to send me questions. I’ve had to clean them up a bit (my dad reads this blog!), but here we go…

One of my best friends in the world, Ruth, asked: What was your best adventure as a child?

The camping trips to Dartmoor we used to take together. Those trips gave me confidence I didn’t know I had, and made me feel like I could take on the world. I’ll be forever grateful to the teachers that ran those weekends! 

What is the best view in the world? (Thanks to Annaliese for the question)

There are so many. For me, it was probably the view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, because getting there was a big achievement for me and a very special moment. Also in Peru, the view of Colca Canyon absolutely took my breath away.

Machu Picchu

Gemma Armit (Two Scots Abroad) asked: What was your first tattoo?

My mum’s name, Linda, on my wrist. Later on I updated it with some blue stars.

If you could have any tattoo what would it be? (Also from Gemma).

I don’t know what I want, yet, but I have found the artist – she’s in Argentina so I’ll have to go first there. I want a colourful, watercolour style tattoo next but will choose what to get nearer the time – for me, choosing the designer is much more important than choosing the tattoo!

March Travel Roundup

My latest tattoo is a compass on my arm, and I love it!

What is your favourite chocolate brand? Asked by Cassey of The Cassey Excursion.

This is a tough one – I like so many chocolate brands. The one I buy most often is Lindt. Although at the moment I’m really obsessed with Monty Bojangles truffles. They are amazing!

Jen (She Gets Around) bombarded me with alcohol questions: Favourite wine? Spirit? cocktail? 

Wine = Prosecco. Spirit = rum (gold or spiced). Cava spainCocktail = caipirinha or mojito.

My friend Charlie asked: How many grapes can you fit in your mouth?

Zero. I don’t like grapes! Unless you count the grapes that are in wine, in which case maybe 50 if I do a big swig!

Elizabeth (Rosalilium) very cruelly asked me for my top three favourite TV shows, knowing full well that we’ve previously had this conversation and I struggled to pick just three. Evil.

I’m splitting this into two categories, US and British TV, because otherwise I think I’d explode trying to choose just three! British TV it’s probably The Office, Green Wing, and Sherlock. In American TV it’s The Office (US), True Blood (I’m not even ashamed), and Community. But there are so many others. I might be on the road all the time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love binge-watching boxsets as much as the next person.

@Wharfemeister tweeted: What’s the first thing you pack in your suitcase?

I don’t know why, but I always pack my underwear first!

What’s your go to guilty pleasure when you have time to yourself? Thanks Rayne of Roaming Required for this one!

If I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps, especially after a long journey, I’ll pop the Wicked musical soundtrack on full blast and sing along, loudly and badly. Occasionally I’ll throw in a Disney tune just for good measure! Works almost every time.

When were you last scared out of your mind? Chris (One Weird Globe)

Probably when I did my bungee jump in India earlier this year. That was insane.

Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh

How did you get into travel blogging? Asked by @carmend93 on Twitter.

It was one of my closest friends, Sam, who suggested it. I’ve always wanted to be a travel writer, but I’d pretty much given up before even starting – mostly due to a big fear of failure. But then for my birthday a few years ago, she gave me some travel books, and one on travel writing. The message was pretty clear; give it a go! She suggested starting a blog for practice and to get my voice out there. I never expected it to turn out like this,  or that I would become a full time travel blogger making my living from doing what I love. But I’m so grateful for how it’s all gone, and so grateful to Sam for that first push.

What one thing held you back when you started travel blogging? And, what would you do to change or overcome that one thing? Asked by @TheBimblers.

Probably self doubt. I’m my biggest critic and very much my own worst enemy in that sense. I always, always think I’m not good enough and have annoying tendency to assume that people don’t like me or aren’t interested in what I have to say. I think I’m a good writer, but at Methe same time I’m wracked with self doubt and constantly worry that I’m not good enough. There have been hundreds of times, especially when I was just getting started, that I’ve thought about giving up and just deleting myself from the internet.

But I’ve had a lot of support from friends and family, and so much encouragement – as well as some really good feedback from my readers online, and that helped me overcome it. In a lot of ways, travel blogging has made me far more confident. I can’t change the way I am: I will always be shy and I’ll probably always struggle with my self esteem. But I’m very glad I’ve been able to keep going in spite of that.

At the risk of waffling on about myself for far too long, I’ll stop now! But, if you have a burning question that you’re just dying to ask me, feel free. Scroll down to leave a comment and I promise I’ll answer anything. Within reason, of course (again, my dad reads this blog)!

About Emily Luxton

Award-winning writer and solo female travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper travel. Lover of fun, adventure, food, Harry Potter, hiking, beaches, and chatting about the weather. Can be bought with cake.


  1. Love this! You should have added into the part about Harry Potter that you’re the undisputed online quiz champion in the world! Also yay to Dartmoor, let’s go back this summer!

    • Haha I don’t think I am the undisputed quiz champion anymore. Perhaps I should organise some kind of world championship tournament. Like the triwizard tournament but with less dragons. Or more dragons!!!!

      Was going to suggest a return to Dartmoor. Need to find myself a place to live for the summer first though. I’m torn between staying here and going back to Thailand :)

  2. So best view is Macchu Picchu? I can hardly wait!

    • For me it was, although it was a lot to do with personal reasons – because I’d wanted to visit so badly for so long, and I was finally there. The trek there was pretty challenging as I was very unfit at the time (!) so it felt like a real reward. And it was just a high point in what was the best trip of my life, so I was so so happy to be there :)

  3. Do you travel a lot on your own? If so, I am taking a solo trip around the world. What would be your biggest advice for me as a solo female?

    • I do travel solo a lot – and I love it! It’s hard to think of just one piece of advice, but I’d say – don’t let fear hold you back. Keep an open mind and try to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. The best stories happen that way.

      I wrote a whole post about travelling solo that you might find useful: https://www.emilyluxton.co.uk/travel-tips/shy-solo-traveller

      Good luck with your trip :)

  4. Thumbs up for Nathan Drake :)

  5. Ravenclaw will ALWAYS be the best house!

    Thank you so much for your inspiration. I love your blog! What advice would you give to someone who loves to travel, loves to write and wants to start a blog, but has absolutely zero computer skills? Please can you tell me which book your friend Sam recommended for travel writing?

    Thank you, and good luck on all your adventures x

    • Yay a fellow Ravenclaw! Thank you for reading ?

      My advice would be to use WordPress and get a really simple, customisable theme. That way you don’t need to learn too much tricky stuff to get started. There are quite a few nice “how to start a travel blog” posts put there so do a Google search. I think my pal Vicky Flip Flop has one, or check the Two Scots Abroad site, the have some helpful travel blogging content. And join travel blogging Facebook groups. There are loads and there super helpful. The book was called How to Make Money from Travel Writing by Sarah Woods, but to be honest the scene has changed so much in the last few years that I’m not sure the book would be that relevant any more. Might be helpful though!

      Good luck with starting your own blog. And thanks so much for reading and commenting :) x

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