- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
Well, I’ve been blogging at Emily Luxton Travels for over three years now and I’m now a full-time professional travel blogger and freelance writer! My mission is to explore and really get to know the world through deeper, more intelligent travel, so I’m always seeking out more in-depth experiences, like new adventures, cultural exchanges, or local food experiences. I love the outdoors and nature, hiking, beaches, sunsets, good food, and scaring myself with tough new experiences – and I’m also a sucker for luxury travel!
- How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?
I’ve actually only visited 19 countries, even though I’ve been travelling for years! The reason is because I prefer to spend a long time in each place, and keep going back to the same places, to really connect and get to know them – to me that’s much more valuable. Of all the places I’ve been, the one that I really think I’d like to live in is probably The Netherlands. It’s just a really nice, friendly, liveable country – similar to England (where I’m from), but nicer and better run!
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?
I like my home comforts, so I do miss English food when I travel sometimes, especially proper bacon sandwiches!
- What is the most common misconception that people have about you during your traveling?
That I’m on holiday! I’m a full-time travel blogger now, so while I travel a lot, it’s usually for work. Don’t get me wrong, my trips are still great fun – but it’s not a holiday by any stretch of the imagination. Some press trip itineraries will see me out and about for twelve hours straight or more, and even when the day is over I then have to catch up on emails, write up any freelance articles that have deadlines looming, and basically squeeze a normal day’s work into a few hours at night. That’s not to mention being on top of social media all day long, taking notes, taking photos, recording interviews – and trying to squeeze in anything that I personally want to do outside of the itinerary. I walk a lot, I work hard, and I don’t get much sleep – it’s not a holiday!
- Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?
Moyobamba in Peru. I basically went there by accident, and it was way beyond off the beaten track. It was a nightmare! But everywhere else I’ve been, I’d return to in a heartbeat!
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
Colombia has the friendliest locals I’ve met in any country by far. Anyone who’s been to that country will say the same! It was just a lovely feeling – I felt welcome and happy wherever I went.
- What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why?
Again, that would have to be Colombia. It has a pretty bad reputation and still doesn’t get that much tourism (although that’s slowly starting to change). But it’s just indescribably amazing. Everybody should go!
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try (If you have a picture, share it with us).
One of my favourite dishes in the world is banh mi – the Vietnamese sandwich. It’s just so good!
The one British dish that everyone has to try is, of course, fish and chips! But you have to go to a proper seaside town to get it, and make sure it’s authentic – battered cod with chunky chips (not skinny fries), and lots of salt and vinegar.
- What is your favourite author and what did you like about his style?
I love Paul Theroux’s travel writing. He tells really great stories about a way of travel that’s almost been lost now – slow, overland travel, usually by train. Plus he weaves in interactions with locals and other travellers, which a lot of travel writers seem to forget to do!
- What is your favourite music ?
That’s such a tough one! I like so much, and it’s really varied. Embarrassingly enough, my favourite is probably rubbishy early naughtiest pop-punk like Blink and Bowling for Soup!
- What song from your country everybody should know?
Life on Mars by David Bowie. Because it’s amazing!
- Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tongue and explain what it means.
I love the English term “food baby”, which I recently had to translate for some American bloggers I was on a press trip with. You know what your tummy looks like after you’ve just eaten a massive meal or way too much cake? That’s a food baby!
- Best foreign curse you know?
La concha de tu hermana. It’s popular in Argentina – and I am not going to say what it means!
- What is your favourite website (apart from social media platform, YouTube and likewise)?
I love the Wanderlust Magazine website because it’s full of great travel stories and they have some really good writers.
- One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?
I hate pretentious travellers! The kind of people that look down on you if you haven’t visited as many countries as them, or that say things like “I’m a traveller, not a tourist”. We’re all travellers – lets stop being snobs about it!
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
That I can do anything I put my mind to – but more importantly that I don’t have to do the things I don’t want to do. Its ok that I got back on the bus because I was scared of cycling down Death Road, it’s ok that I didn’t try some of the gross foods that I’ve been faced with around the world, and it’s ok that I’ve often skipped things I didn’t want to do. Sometimes travellers can feel like they “have” to do certain things because everybody else does – I’m glad I’m brave enough now to admit when something isn’t for me, skip it, and do something else! But also that I’m brave enough to try new things, jump out of windows or into lakes, climb cliffs, and generally do things that a few years ago I’d never have dreamed of. Travelling has taught me to know myself and my limits, and it’s taught me when to push them. It’s taught me to be brave!