About This

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If a journey doesn’t have something to teach you about yourself, then what kind of journey is it?”  Kira Salak, The Cruellest Journey

My Story…

This blog was started back in March 2012 as nothing more than a place for me to vent my wanderlust and build up something of an online portfolio of writing. Two years on and it has become so much more than that, the blog has built an awesome following and put me in touch with hundreds of like-minded travellers. Not only that, but it’s become a place for me to share my travel stories – and any advice I might come up with along the way!

Before I started this blog, I thought that the chance for long-term travel had passed me by. I was only 24 at the time, but everyone I know had “gone travelling” either before or just after university. I finished university in a shaky financial position and had to fall straight into a full time job at a call centre which pretty much swallowed me up whole.

Three years on, I was still in the same miserable job and feeling that the opportunity for all my dreams – of adventure, of travelling, and of becoming a writer – had been lost. Then, my best friend – knowing my secret and half-forgotten ambitions – gave me a set of travel books and a book on how to become a travel writer, and made me see that it wasn’t too late to start trying. That stack of books became something like a beacon, reminding me that I have to

It still took a lot of work. I started writing all the time again – a habit I’d lost not long after finishing uni –  first in notebooks and online competitions, then on this blog, which I started to coincide with my first adventure – a trip to Morocco.  The more I practised, the better I saw my writing become; and when I won my first blogging competition I really felt that I’d achieved something.

It wasn’t just the writing that needed work. Without going into too much detail, I wasn’t in a great financial position after university, and it took a long time before I was even able to start saving for a long term trip. But, finally, after years of hard work (and denying ourselves new things) my boyfriend Sam and I were able to book our flights to South America and this year we took the trip of our dreams.

Before we left, I really thought that “travelling” was only for the under 21’s, and that we belonged now to the world of full time work and mortgages and were being reckless abandoning our responsibilities for a five month holiday. At 27 and 28, we both felt a little “too old” for travelling… until we met hundreds of other people our own age and even older, and realised that there is no “right time” to go travelling. It really is never too late, and I hope that my story shows that.

As my favourite travel quote goes, in twenty years you’ll regret the things you didn’t do rather that the things you did. Throughout my journey, I’ve had to face my fears, challenge myself, and occasionally push myself to the limit. I’ve learnt more about myself in five months than in the rest of my life put together, and I’ve truly grown as a person. Travel is good for us, and putting off our dreams is very, very bad.

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119 responses to “About This

    • Thanks for visiting! I hope to share everything as well as I can, especially as I roll out my next few blog posts about my Morocco trip. Let me know what you think!

      Em

  1. From the time I was about 11 I wanted to travel and the first place I went? London. I’m (a lot) older than 11 now and many years have passed since that first visit to London, but the desire to see more stays with me. I’ve learned a lot through travelling – so go for it. Learn, Enjoy.

    • Thanks for commenting! I’ve always felt compelled to travel and although I’ve not done too much yet I feel like my experiences have already really affected me! Can’t wait to get out there and see more :)

      Em

  2. So glad that you stopped by my blog & that I have now stumbled onto yours. I can’t wait to read about your wanderlust and your passion for exploring & traveling! ~Liz

  3. Thanks for finding my blog, so I was able to find yours! I wil be reading and hoping you find everything you are looking for. Oh I may steal your Mark Twain quote. ;-)
    Cheers!

  4. Go for it Emily! I set off from England in the 1970’s for Canada. In my latter years I’ve ended up in France. It’s been a great journey up to now. And still – deep-down the itchy feet still itch once in a while!

    • Thanks Jude! My dream is to live abroad some day soon, I’m open to anywhere reallyis there a cure for itchy feet? Mine never go away!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Wonderfully written and expressed! Wishing you all the best! London is amazing and is probably my favourite city. It’s one of those places where you feel like your soul was born (so to speak). Anyway, I’m so glad I found your blog. :)

    I may be living vicariously through you for a little while. ;)

    • Thanks for your comment – I’m glad you found me to! It’s taking me ages to get through all my Morocco stuff (is procrastination a skill??) but more should be up tomorrow :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I just came across your blog (having all to recently started my own), and I am excited to follow your travel adventures. I am an avid traveler myself and am guilty of wanderlust. I hope to visit Morocco soon as well and look forward to reading all your posts. Good luck on the big move! If nothing else, London is like a little slice of the world.

    • Thanks for stopping by! Definitely go to Morocco if you get the chance, it’s amazing and like nothing I’ve seen before! Plus flights there are fairly cheap and quick- its a completely different world to Europe without being longhaul!!
      Glad you liked the blog :)

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It’s been a lot of fun to write about. And I’ve been finding inspiration with so many others’ blogs as well. Good luck with your goals!
    And BTW, Morocco is a great choice. Such a wonderful country!

  8. Great post and blog! Best of luck on your adventures, I made the same decision several years back and now my wife and I have knocked out a bunch of countries together and I don’t regret a single one!

  9. Awesome quote stealing it for my reorganization of my blog. I love to travel, ever since the army sent me to Germany in 1991 I find I can’t stay put. Years later I am once again blessed to journey Europe. I look forward to reading through your journeys

    • Thank you – it is an amazing quote and as I stole it from another blog I read a long time ago you’re more than welcome to it! It sums everything up for me really.
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog. While I am promoting my book, I also enjoy freely sharing some of what I discover. Come back as often as you like for some historicized armchair (or desktop?) travel. I like the concept of your blog and will have a look around. I haven’t been to Morocco – the closest I’ve been is Morocco in the World Showcase at EPCOT; my grandparents went there in the ’70s; and one of my colleagues goes there periodically for research. So, all second-hand knowledge, as will be your words, but nonetheless fascinating. Best wishes.

    • Thank you! I’ve been to the Epcot Morocco too, and it was partly that which made me want to visit for real! I didn’t see Aladdin in the real life Marrakech, though!

  11. What fun that you moseyed over to All Mussed Up, and just as fun to follow you back here.

    A number of years ago, my mother and I traveled through Morocco — it remains one of my most treasured memories. During that time, I decided I would live there one day.

    Instead, I now live in the Netherlands, where I’m surrounded by second and third generation Moroccans. (:

  12. Best of luck with your move to London and make sure you have a pit stop in India on your world tour. Till last year, I had this thing of visiting 4 new countries every year, but that only last for 3 years…I need to get back to that asap!

    • Thank you! I love the idea of four new countries a year – but finding the funds for it is a struggle. Plus I always want to go back to places I’ve already been!

      • I agree…the reason I stopped the 4 country thing is because of lack of holidays…funding is always a problem so advance budgeting is a must. I love to visit places for the second time as well, as the 2nd time, one doesn’t do much of the touristy things and focus’s on enjoying the culture. Looking forward to my visit to Hungary and my second to Vienna in July. See you around!

  13. Best of luck, this sounds amazing. And I really appreciate the info you give at the end of each blog, very helpful!

  14. I’m 44 and I regret some of the things I didn’t do when I was 20-24. When you do eventually get to go on your round the world tour, I look forward to reading about that as well. I have found your blog very informative and interesting.

  15. Really enjoying having a browse through your posts on Morocco! Such helpful information and stunning photography – now I can’t wait to go myself!

      • So far I’ve just got accommodation sorted (staying 10 mins drive outside Marrakesh). I’ve paid for the week’s accommodation (very good value package deal I found) so am slightly limited in what I can do but hoping to do a day trip into the Atlas mountains and would love to go to Essaouira. If you have any tips for things to do around Marrakesh/any good restaurants etc to visit I would love to hear them!

        • My favourite restaurant we ate at was Kenyama, its mainly French food rather than Moroccan which can be a relief after so much tagine! The steak there was incredible, it had a lovely quiet atmosphere and the owner was really enthusiastic about his food and kept coming to check what we thought of every course!! It’s on tripadvisor so you can get the address if you need it. I’d also recommend Le Chat que Rit for lovely Italian dishes, and Kechmara (http://emilyluxton.co.uk/2012/04/17/review-kechmara/) for French/Moroccan.
          In terms of what to do, I’d really reccomend seeing the Jardins Majorelle – I’m not usually into gardens but these are so pretty! And if you want to go to the Atlas Mountains, go to the Ouzoud falls if you can. We booked through Sahara Tours (you can find the trip on Expedia) and they were amazing and really good value! Its the one thing I recommend arranging before you get out there because a lot of the excursion companies will try to rip tourists off!
          My main tip though, is not to take anyone’s first price – especially taxi drivers! If you’re staying outside of Marrakech they will try to charge you upwards of Dh250 (about £20) when in reality it should be about Dh100. Just be firm and start walking away – they’ll change their minds!!
          Hope all that helps!!

          • Thanks so much for your great advice – it was really helpful! Back from Marrakech now, had an amazing time (especially loved the Atlas mountains!). If you ever want any advice on places I’ve been (Hong Kong, Vietnam and South America I can probably help with best!) then let me know!

          • Thats awesome – glad you had a great time! It’s such an amazing city – totally crazy! I really want to go to all the above places, especially South America, so as soon as I get the next plan together I’ll be sure to give you a shout :)

  16. Thanks for liking my photography post on Notanda! You sound very motivated to get the most out of life and I admire your determination. London can seem daunting at first but it gets easier. I’m from a small village and moved to London after university. It’s a love/hate relationship. I enjoy going out with my camera to capture a city teeming with life though. It’s exciting to hearyour plans to go out and discover the world. Some of my best experiences have come from travelling. I look forward to hearing about it.

  17. I absolutely LOVE this! It is inspiring me to not be afraid — I have lived in Oklahoma my entire life, and am moving to NYC in 2 months! I look forward to reading your blog for inspiration.

    • Wow, good for you! A big move is always scary, but even when things go wrong I always find in the end that it was just how it was meant to happen! You’ll have an amazing time, I spent five days in NYC a few years ago and it’s breathtaking – I want to go back as soon as I can! It’s similar to London in its eclecticism but neater and less spralling! It’ll definitely take some adjusting but I’m sure you’ll have an incredible time. Keep me posted about how it goes.

      • I am moving there for grad school at NYU, and I am definitely ready for this next step in my life! I will definitely keep you posted, it’s what my Blog Sooner and the City is all about! :) I’m currently reading through you blog now, so I am sure you’ll see many comments from me.

  18. It’s uncanny how many parallel’s your blog shares with my own! I have recently dropped out during my third year in Law at university to pursue something more fulfilling. At our valedictory dinner in high school we were presented with the same quote by Mark Twain and it wasn’t until years later (round about now) that it truly spoke to me. The idea of life being one big adventure with nothing being set in stone is something I am trying to live by. This blog is a great testament to that idea and I can’t wait to keep reading of your adventures and hopefully share some of my own. I hope you leave the safe harbour!

  19. So great to discover another soul with a love for adventure, storytelling and beauty.

  20. You sound like a lady after my own heart! So many places on this earth to explore and so little time to do it! Thank you for checking out my blog and good luck with the move and advernture.

  21. G’day thanks for dropping by. I like the way you are grabbing life. Just do it. I can tell you itchy feet never go away. I am 70 and still wandering……..

    • Thank you! It feels good to hear that there are people still getting out there at your age – sometimes I feel like I’m running out of time to do the things I want – but that is just silly! Thanks for the like on my blog!

  22. Thanks for liking my post! I love your blog! That’s awesome you took the TEFL course. How was it? I have been contemplating taking it too.

  23. Thank you so much for liking my Breakfast With Seagulls especially since it brought me to your blog, which is WONDERFUL!!!
    Travel, yes, the great passion of my life as well..you go girl! Minou

    • Thank you! Travel is so wonderful and enriching… I’m really craving it at the moment! Luckily I’ve got some fantastic memories to sustain me for now – check out today’s post for some of my reminiscing!!

  24. Hi Emily,
    I love your blog and all that you write about – I love travelling and it’s nice to meet another travel afficionado! Thanks for dropping by my blog as it led me to your’s!
    Amie xxx
    Th

  25. Thank you for dropping by my blog, just getting started. You have a wonderful outlook on life, matches my own. Why sit at home, aim high and see where things go. I hope you enjoy your travels, and keep posting

  26. Thanks for stopping by to check out my musings on Scotland, Emily! I have to say, I’m very jealous of all your travels. Morocco has always been a dream of mine. Wonderful photos! All the best from Edinburgh

  27. i like your quote:’Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.’! and of cos i agree with it so much as well! ;>

  28. Thanks for stopping by our blog today. And congrats on your TESL test. Where do you want to use your new skills first? So many choices! Enjoy your week or your weekend!

    • Thank you!! I have no idea – the world is so huge and there are so many great places. My parter and I have been talking a lot about Thailand, but who knows! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  29. Sweet! Here in the US it’s ESL, and my husband and I taught mainly Asian folks for years. It’s a wonderful experience and then, POOF! and Asian daughter magically appeared! :)

  30. Inspiring! If you go to Taiwan or Indonesia in the future, let met know! I can give some recommendation :D
    Great writings, good photos!
    Hope you can get that remaining 189 countries!

    best,

    harry febrian

  31. Thanks for liking my post “Who? What? How?” on my Emuna Endeavor blog! I wish I had time to read more of your blog more regularly but I do like what I have read so far! :-)

  32. I liked your facebook page and am now following you on twitter… maybe we can collaborate in some way!

    I am curious, How do you get paid to include a link in your blog? That would help SO much for our expenses for this sailing trip around the world!

    • Hiya, thanks for commenting! What kind of collaboration did you have in mind?!

      I’ve sent you an email about my guest posts, as it was turning into a really long comment! :)

  33. Never try to ‘cure’ itchy feet; just feed the beast! I inherited mine from my mum and they brought me to Japan straight after Uni. Next year they’re taking me to as many places as my wallet can accompany them. Good luck on your adventure!

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  35. Good luck on your adventures! I am also applying for TESL jobs but in Japan because I want to blog about the culture :D

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