About Me

About Me

Emily Luxton is a writer, blogger and travel enthusiast from the south coast of England. Her blog, www.emilyluxton.co.uk, Wanderlust Magazine’s Travel Blog of the Year, blends her own narrative travel stories with reviews and how-to guides, as well as the popular weekly interview feature Postcard From. Emily’s latest online venture, BackpackSouthAmerica.co.uk, is an in-depth guide to travelling South America on a backpacker budget, and includes reviews, informative guides, hiking and walking routes, and packing lists. Her work has been published in many online publications, and she has won numerous travel writing competitions – see below for a full list. So far, Emily has travelled to 14 countries, most recently completing a five month trip around South America, and favours slow, long-term travel over collecting passport stamps.

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Published Work

Click here for my online portfolio with links to all guest posts and freelance work I’ve had published.

Competitions Won

25/09/14 – Holiday Auto’s Holiday Hacks competition

30/06/14 – Wanderlust Magazine’s Blog of the weekBiking Buenos Aires

2013 Wanderlust Magazine’s Travel Blog of the Year Award - winning post here

25/03/13 Wanderlust Magazine’s Blog of the Week – My Hammam Experience

Five Barcelona Points Competition by BarcelonaPoints – winning post here

On the Road Reading Moments Competition – winning post here

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249 responses to “About Me

  1. Love the info on Morocco. Photos are wonderful, especially highlighting the different culture. The snake, ew (I dislike snakes) would freak me out! Thanks for visiting my blog! Looking forward to reading more on yours!

  2. Thanks for checking out Hags Rags and the piece on Asbury Park. I’ve been to London twice, the last time about a year ago. Your move sounds adventurous. Take it in stride! And have fun…

  3. Thanks for checking out my piece on Asbury Park, NJ. Your move to London sounds great; I’ve been there twice – the last time about a year ago. Best of luck in the Big City – enjoy!

  4. Found it! Thanks for the lovely weekend it was great to meet you, Carly and Helen properly. Will def be taking some tips for planning a trip to Morroco. Love your post about the easyjet competition and your reason behind doing the blog heres to 2012! antonia x

  5. Found it! Thanks for lovely weekend it was great to meet you, Carly and Helen properly. Will be taking some tips to planning a trip to Morocco. Love your post about the easyjet competition and your reason for starting this blog heres to 2012! antonia x

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for liking my post on Florence. Hope you will be back. Amazing photos on your blog, congrats!
    P.S. Good luck with the Go with Oh . . . I love Barcelona!

  7. Emily, I just wanted to say that I’m looking into TEFL as a future career/way to live abroad in non-English speaking countries. Hope that works out for you (and me)!

    • Wow, good luck with that. I’ve only just started mine but it’s so interesting and hopefully a good stepping stone to living abroad!! Good luck :)

    • Thank you :) Your photo was wicked, I love geckos and that little guy was super cute!
      Glad you liked the blog, hopefully get some more posts up soon :)

  8. I came across this blog because you liked my post on the Safari advenutre. Thanks for that. BTW, this travel blog of yours is cool! I love your reviews of the yummy foods in Morocco.

  9. keep your dream alive emily…thx for coming by my travel inspired writing site. i was also on a similar path…that led me to travel writing and my novels…poetry etc…time is relative..set your goals…the rest will follow….one day you’ll wake up and surprise yourself at what you’ve accomplished….lots of work for English teachers in Thailand, S Korea and Japan.

  10. Good Day,
    I wanted to say Thank You for stopping by my Blog, it’s greatly appreciated. I look forward to reading more of your stories as well.

    Scott

  11. Hi Emily – thank you for liking my blog. I am new to this so it was a nice surprise. I really like your blogging style – hope to learn something. I am in Palermo for 20 days in all!

  12. Hi Thanks for your like. We took in students studying English in the summer to stay with us when we lived in Edinburgh. It is a great way to meet people from many countries, and I am sure you will enjoy using your TEFL qualification in the reverse wherever you go to teach.

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog! I have a new desire to explore Morocco after seeing your photos and reading your stories. I think I will have to stay tuned for the next adventure…Good Luck with the TEFL certificate! It opens so many doors for a life abroad! If you are considering Istanbul, feel free to write with questions…

    • I think Istanbul would be amazing!! Once I’ve moved and my finances go back to normal I’ll definitely be looking into the next trip!

  14. Hello and thank you for visiting my site… if it makes you feel better I work in retail customer service (phone & emails) !! I constantly remind myself that a wall doesn’t get painted by looking at it and wishing it were a different colour… I have to get a pot of paint, take up a brush, and paint the wall;) It sounds like you’re well on your way… best wishes and may all the universe support you :)

    • Thank you! And that’s a great analogy. I definitely need to take my life into my own hands, hopefully I’ll have it all sorted by the end of 2012!

  15. Beautiful blog! Thanks for stopping by to see my little musings! Good luck with your big move – London is amazing. I feel the same pull to travel that you do – although you may be ahead of the curve here!

    • Thank you for the return visit! I’m pleased you like the blog – the move is less than two weeks away now so getting pretty excited (and stressed)! Need to finish writing up my Morocco trip so I can start to focus on London!

      • Morocco looked amazing. Those pictures were fantastic! There’s a site called Canvasworld.com that prints any photo on large canvas (this is not a paid advertisement, I just love them!). I can see a few of your photos on the wall in your new flat!!

  16. Hi Emily-glad you like the blog posts. I’m hoping to do TEFL as well in due course to give me something to do in Iran when we retire! You must try and visit Iran if you like travelling and taking photos it’s a must-do……a beautiful but sadly misunderstood place but I’m sure you will be very welcome :)

    Good luck with your adventures and if you like football-great to see the Saints back in the premiership!!

    I work in Southampton sometimes and I like it. :)

    • Thank you! I’m not a huge football fan but pleased for the city! Iran looks stunning, similar to Morocco in a way but also very different – I definitely hope to make it there some day!
      I’m getting on well with the TEFL so far, I would recommend it. Its pretty interesting and seems to be a great way to fund travel/living abroad! Thanks for stopping by :)

  17. I’m completely amateur in my photography but I love it. I want lessons though. I have a good camera, just need to learn those nuances. Love your work. Rob

  18. Hi there. A degree in photography, I get a degree of frustration when taking pictures, I have no formal qualification I just see something, try and guess the right settings and snap away LOL. I have a theory, take as many as possible, with digi photography that is easy, then delete the bad ones when back home.

    The narrative is just as important to me, whilst I like looking at people’s pictures, and hoping to learn from them, I also like what people write as it tends to give depth the scene being described. Thanks for popping by by blog today, I’m actually doing some re-arranging its all a matter of the time I have. Happy snapping.

    • I find my degree isn’t always that useful – I got really good at appreciating and studying other people’s photos, not so good at taking my own! Never mind, for me the words are the most important – as I’m trying to be a writer!! Thanks for the visit – hope you liked the blog :)

  19. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post :) I always go and see the blogs of people that take the time out for mine, and I like yours quite a bit already! once again, thank you, and good luck with everything!

  20. Thanks for the like today, I am enjoying your moroccan posts (good writing) and especially the photography. A degree gives you a foundation, it’s the practice and continued learning that builds it into something.

  21. thanks for stopping by my blog Emily, good luck with the travelling. aah, to be young again. teaching English is a good way to see Asia especially, though i wouldn’t recommend it for a lifetime career. best way to see a country, live there for a couple of years while working and learn a bit of the language and culture.

  22. Hey, thanks for liking my post superfast! I think I’d barely published it lol. It’s great to see so many people doing TEFL, especially other photographers. Any idea when you plan to go teach? Feel free to follow me if you want updates on how it goes

    • No problem! I’d really like to see China and Japan, and I know there’s a big demand for teachers in Asia so hopefully it’s something I could do within the next year! I just have to get my head down and work :)

  23. Thanks for checking out my blog! Yours is great! It sounds like the ideas behind both of our blogs are quite similar – I’m currently living and working abroad with my girlfriend in London (from New Zealand) so I can travel around Europe and write about my adventures. I spent last year travelling around exploring the United States, and there’s plenty still to see! Plus plenty left to write about, as I’m really behind in my travel reports.

    • I’m so behind as well, and I’ve only been to a handful of places this year! Good luck in your travels around Europe – there’s so much I want to see in this continent, let alone the rest of the world!

  24. HI

    We work with resorts through out Morocco and the world. We are looking to develop partnerships with travel bloggers.

    Please contact if your interested.

    Thank you in advance,

    Erick

    • I’m very interested – at the moment my list of countries I want to teach is China, Japan, Thailand and Mexico (I’m very indecisive!!) I’m about halfway through the course, which is good as I still have until April 2013 to complete the whole lot!! finding it ok, there’s lots to take in but I passed the first two assignments so it must be sticking somewhere!!
      How did you go about getting a placement? Is it better to line something up first, or fly out and then try and sort something? Is it easy?!
      Would love any tips you have :)

      Also thank you – very glad you like the blog :)

      Emily

      • That’s the great thing about TEFL, is you can go anywhere! I don’t know how I would choose where to go if I had to decide now!! Too many choices!

        Thailand is great though, I came over to volunteer initially and was only going to stay for 10 weeks, but I stayed, and I’m still here 4 years later.

        I would recommend coming out here first, and then finding a job afterwards. Do you have a degree?

        When would you be thinking about coming over?

        If you’d like, you can email me: alittlecupofcoffee@gmail.com and ask questions.

        I can help you out with getting a job in Thailand.

        Hope to hear from you. x

        • It probably won’t be until May next year at the earliest, once my finances settle, my tenancy runs out, and my boyfriend finally gets around to completing his own TEFL! But I will keep your details, as I undoubtedly will need a hand nearer the time – and help getting a job would be amazing!!
          Thank you x

          • No problem! May is the start of the school year in Thailand, and so finding a teaching job is easier around that time.
            All the best with completing your TEFL, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
            x

  25. Hello Emily,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking it. I am hopeless at taking pictures so all your work to me is that of a master! Best wishes on your life’s discovery/journey wherever it takes you.

    • Thank you! I never consider my photography to be up to that much – for me its all about the words! Thank you for your kind wishes- and the same to you as well :)

  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my posts Špilberk Castle in Brno and More birds of prey . I really like your blog—it’s interesting and visually appealling–I guess that’s your photography training showing through. Good luck with the TEFL course and your plans for the future.

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  28. Thanks for dropping by, Emily! I have a day job that I was pleased with until lately; I’ll love to do all the creatives but I’m not cool with photography and design, so I’m pretty much stuck for now. Nonetheless, thanks for coming by and I’m happy to visit your blog too :) Pursue your dreams!!

      • I shall have to learn that! I’ve been contemplating lately whether it’s better to work as per society’s standards (i.e. typical banker? Marketing professional in an International FMCG brand?) or that it’ll be ok to pursue my dreams – something less conventional, more struggles, less pay etc… Maybe it’s time to realise those dreams!

  29. Beatiful pictures. Maybe I’ll see them in person one day. We’re hoping to have our own adventures in Europe in 2-3 years. Thanks for visiting our post at appalachianlearningacademy.wordpress.com.

    Nicole

  30. Lost of jobs abroad for TEFL teachers! go for it.. our friend’s daughter has been teaching in Japan for a while and another friend spent years in Venice teaching TEFL too. thanks for liking my blog – as an academic I do get to travel more than the average which a compensation for low salary as I always say.

  31. Thank you for checking out my blog. Yours is so cool. I am currently reading and going through your photos, and great they are to.

    Andrew

  32. If living abroad is your dream, GO FOR IT! I’ve been an ex-pat for over five years and have no regrets. I love it more each day.
    Thanks for stopping by one of my blogs. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  33. This is a very impressive blog! I look forward to reading more work by you and seeing more of your photos. Morocco looks amazing! Thanks for like on my own blog post, “A Love Letter to Italy in Pictures”. I’m also considering teaching abroad and my list so far is China, Mexico, and Morocco. Have you narrowed down your choices any further? Can I ask who youre taking your TEFL course with?

    • Hi, thanks! I’m doing the course online with Global TEFL, very nearly finished which is awesome! My list tends to shift a lot, I like the thought of Asia like Thailand, China or Japan, as well as Mexico, or anywhere in Europe! Will need to narrow the list down at some point! :)

  34. Im a writer explorer gamer, but I dont do photography like you! I see you have been to my country, did you bring some clogs for yourself ? :-D

    Thanks for checking out my post ! ( And I want to live abroad myself I think to if I can! wherever the wind will take me ;) )

  35. This is a lovely blog Emily – really enjoy it. I have a strong feeling you will make your dream – seems as thought it’s already happening! Thanks for checking me out too!

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  37. Great work Emily, love the photos on here. On these grey winter days it’s good to be reminded of the fact that there are so many amazing and beautiful things in the unlikeliest places

  38. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog! I like what I see here – you have a real knack for photography and it’s great to see pics of Barca and Seville. You should come check out Granada!

    • Hi Josh, thanks for stopping by! I’m glad your liking my blog :) I’ve wanted to go to Granada since my friend went and I saw the pics, looks gorgeous! Hopefully be able to fit it in with my travel plans!

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  40. Lovely blog and good luck on all of your adventures! My first great adventure traveling out of my country (I’m American) was studying abroad in London and I absolutely love the city.

  41. Thanks for dropping by and like one of my photo’s. To be honest, I’m a lover of photo’s and music; not much of a reader. There is a whole lot of information on your blog; but I’ll mainly stick to the photo’s. Which I like a lot! See you.

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  43. Thank you for the like on my blog Emily! And good luck with your travels. My first big adventure was in my early twenties (4 yrs in Europe), It changed the way I looked at life.

  44. Thanks for liking my post! Always great to connect with fellow travelers! If you have any must see spots along the coasts anywhere in Europe, Africa, or Asia I would love to know about them! :-)

    • No problem, thank you for checking out my blog :)

      When it comes to Asia, I definitely recommend Pulau Perhentian. It’s a gorgeous island off the coast of Malaysia!

      Happy travels

  45. A very interesting and helpful blog ! Awesome photos and I guess an awesome person behind all of this.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences around the world and I really hope you do get to go in all those 196 countries as much as I hope I will some day,lol.
    Take care !

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  48. Hi Emily!! Im very happy to have found your blog :) I will look forward to reading more and exploring your blog! :D

    • Thanks so much Ayla! I’d love to take part with my own post but I’m just too busy right now in South America! Thank you so much for the nomination though!

      • No problem – I actually got nominated myself a couple of months ago but have only just had time to write the post! If you manage to get time to write it when you’re back let me know as I’d love to read it :)

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