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

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Me at Lake Atitlan Guatemala - Blue WM

Want to know a bit more about the girl behind the travel blog? As a kind of extension to my About Me page, I put together this list of random facts about me and my life. 

This is everything you could possibly ever want to know about me. As well as a load of stuff you probably didn’t…

Random Facts About Me

I’m from Weymouth – which is in Dorset, England. It’s on the South coast and it’s pretty small, so you’re forgiven for never having heard of it.

I come from an enormous family. I have three sisters and two brothers – and I am very much a middle child. Plus I have two brothers in law, and at the last count I’m up to TEN nieces and nephews!!

Kids at the Nothe Fort

My mum died when I was 18. I wrote a post about it, and about how much it changed me.

I am a bit of a geek. When I’m not travelling I like video games, Disney movies, and general geeky movies.

I know way too much about Harry Potter.

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?

Before I was a travel blogger, I worked a series of (crappy) customer services jobs around England, which included three years in the complaints and escalations department of a gas company call centre (not naming any names). It was AWFUL. Please don’t yell at call centre staff!

My first crush was either Marty McFly or Bert Racoon – but I’m not sure who came first.

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

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!

I have five tattoos, mostly small ones, including a pterodactyl which I got whilst slightly tipsy at a rooftop bar in Peru.

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.

Quick-Fire Favourites

Countries: Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Canada.

View: 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 the view from the top of Mount Fuji.

Machu Picchu

Road trip: hands-down my solo road trip around Alberta Canada!

Train Ride: the Hue – Hanoi section of my 1-month overland trip from Singapore to Vietnam. Or taking the Amtrak from NYC to New Orleans.

Animal encounter: safari in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Or swimming with Mantas in Indonesia’s Komodo Islands.

Cocktail: mojito

Cuisine: Mexican or Japanese

Comfort Food: Ramen or Pho.

Movies: Back to the Future, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Road to El Dorado, and Jurassic Park.

Car-karaoke tune: Any Disney/Musical soundtrack. I’m a sucker for a singalong.

Scariest Travel Challenge: Probably my bungee jump in India.

Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh

How did you get into travel blogging?

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.

Me

Biggest Hold Back:

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 the same time, I’m wracked with doubt: constantly worrying 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 (my dad reads this blog)!

10 thoughts on “Random Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Me”

  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!

    1. 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 :)

    1. 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 :)

  2. 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?

    1. 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 :)

  3. 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

    1. 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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