I'm currently on board a train bound for Murcia for the #SpainCities project with Spain.info.
Ten travel bloggers are heading to ten cities across Spain, so make sure you follow along to see what we all get up to!
Find the other bloggers here: Wanderlust Chloe, along dusty roads, The Wandering Quinn, The Common Wanderer - Travel Blog, The Travel Tester, Polkadot Passport, The Travelista, backpacksandbunkbeds.co.uk, and Girl vs Globe.
My Catalunya adventure is almost over and its been an absolute blast! I had no idea that there could be so much to learn about olive oil. In the past few days I've tried at least ten different varieties and visited a bunch of olive farms with Olea Soul, turisme gastronòmic autèntic. - and I now feel like a total expert (more or less!)
Here's me exploring Serraferran oli d'oliva verge extra DOP Empordà, Oli Migjorn, and Les Oliveres Mil Lenaries. So many pretty farms and tasty oils (plus some pretty amazing wines too)!
With Destination Makers and Catalunya Experience. Dress by Quiz Clothing (http://shopstyle.it/l/bgi1)
Seriously epic lunch at Museu i Centre de la Cultura de l'Oli de Catalunya - with each course paired with a different local olive oil. So, so delicious. Especially that crema catalana (my favourite) with saffron 😍
Huge thanks to the incredible chef Montse from EL CASTELL RESTAURANT- SPAI WOODSTOCK for whipping up one hell of a feast. Also to the lovely folks at the museum for a great tour and tasting. Just when I thought there was nothing more I could learn about olive oil!! And now... Nap time!
Exploring Catalunya with Destination Makers and Olea Soul, turisme gastronòmic autèntic.
#BloggerxCatalunya #wellolive #ad
Meet some of the oldest olive trees in the world! Some of the trees at Les Oliveres Mil Lenaries in Ulldecona are dated between 1000 and 2000 years old and they're still producing olives which can be used to make oil.
The big guy with the lens flare is over 1700 and its the oldest in the world that's been carbon dated. Amazingly, it's survived wars, wild fires, epidemics, climate changes, and all the various stages of Spain's history since it was planted by the ancient Romans. Not bad going I'd say!
With Turisme Ulldecona, Destination Makers, and Catalunya Experience. #BloggerxCatalunya #wellolive #ad
In Edmonton we ate so much that I genuinely haven't been properly hungry since. Wanderlust Chloe has written up an amazing post about the best places we found - don't miss it. Especially if you want to be impressed at how much food two people can put away in less than five days!
#ExploreEdmonton #eatalberta150 Edmonton Tourism
NEW: The Only Six Items You'll Ever Need in Your Travel Makeup Bag
The Dime Travelers Janie and Christine share their top tips for reducing your travel makeup bag to the bare minimum. Could you travel with just these six items?
In my latest freelance article, I tell Spabreaks.com all about what I learnt from my digital detox.
Switching off completely for a week with Time To Log Off was, weirdly, one of the highlights of last year for me. For someone who does everything online, it was so nice to put my phone away and re-connect with the world.
I love discovering more of my home country, so my recent trip to Ramsgate in Kent was a fantastic experience. Southeastern challenged me to discover the seaside town's best hidden gems - so I went on a mission to find the absolute best food, shopping, and things to do in Ramsgate. Check out the video to see what I found, and check out my blog post for even more information: https://www.emilyluxton.co.uk/uk/hidden-gems-ramsgate
A few final highlights from my trip to Edmonton this weekend... Me and Wanderlust Chloe had a ton of fun discovering the city with Edmonton Tourism!
Camping at Elk Island National Park, discovering the plant filled pyramids at Muttart Conservatory, segwaying around the city with River Valley Adventure Co., and hitching a ride on the vintage Edmonton Highlevel Street Car! So many cool things to do in that city 😄
Last day in Edmonton today! The sun is shining and we're off to make the most of our last few hours in the city. It's been such a blast exploring (and eating) our way around for the past few days and I can't wait to share more on my blog soon. Stay tuned! #ExploreEdmonton
📸 by Wanderlust Chloe
Super fun morning exploring Edmonton by Segway with River Valley Adventure Co. Turns out Wanderlust Chloe is a bit of a pro! Me... Not so much!! Mastered it by the end though 😄
So much fun and what a cool way to #ExploreEdmonton 😄 Watch the whole thing on our Instagram stories to see how I did: https://instagram.com/em_luxton
We spent yesterday morning exploring the amazing vendors at Edmonton's 104th Street farmers market with Alberta Food Tours Inc. But not before an epic brunch of traditional local goodies at Kitchen by Brad Smoliak!! I'm still full 😂
Featuring Confetti Sweets, Meat Street Pies, DeVine Wines and Spirits, Honest Dumplings, JACEK Chocolate Couture, Caramia Caramels, and so many more!
Did you know that Alberta in Canada has a huge Ukrainian population? Back in the founding days of the country Ukrainians were offered acres of free land if they came here to settle - which they did in huge numbers.
At the Ukrainian Heritage Village Museum they have restored original buildings and artefacts, and filled them with talented actors and interpreters, to bring that history to life. Exploring the working farmlands and homesteads was like stepping back in time! We got to try our hands at pyrohy (perogi) pinching, meet some of the characters, and see how the very first early settlers would have lived from about 1907 to the late 1930s.
Edmonton Tourism #ExploreEdmonton
Last night we popped out in the hopes of seeing the Northern Lights from Elk Island National Park, as apparently they've been visible a few times lately. Sadly, no aurora (despite Wanderlust Chloe getting excited about blue lights on her camera)... So instead we just played with long exposures! Here's my attempt at writing my name in lights #ExploreEdmonton
Touched down in Edmonton Canada less than 24 hours ago and we've already done so much!
From jet lag curing cocktails (and shots) plus an epic dinner at uber trendy Baijiu in downtown Edmonton... to a morning spotting bison in Elk Island National Park just outside the city. So many contrasts!!
We're camping tonight at the national park so be sure to follow the adventure on my Instagram stories: https://instagram.com/em_luxton
Edmonton Tourism #ExploreEdmonton
NEW: Best Momos in Kathmandu
I ate SO MANY MOMOS in Nepal that I had no choice but to turn it into a blog post, otherwise it would just have been greed. This way, it's research! These are the absolute best places I found in Kathmandu to eat momos!
Thanks to Foodie Flashpacker for his help with finding and eating some of these! #htm2017
Waaahooo!!! I've been featured in Lonely Planet's round up of the best blog posts from last month. SO happy right now - thanks guys 😁
NEW: Falling for Nepal
A short little post trying to share exactly why I fell so badly in love with #Nepal during my short time there. Plus a few of my favourite photos from the trip.
Lot's of heart and soul in this one, so I'd love to hear your thoughts on the post...
I've been featured in a fab new FREE ebook by GO Outdoors with two of my favourite #camping recipes! Download your free copy now and get cooking :)
Pretty special final view of Nepal and the stunning himalayas as I flew out of Kathmandu this morning with Turkish Airlines... Just touched down safe and sound in the UK and looking forward to bed! So many exciting stories and photos to share over the coming weeks! #htm2017 #turkishairlines
The way Nepalese people carry huge loads on their foreheads like this completely awes me. I have no idea how they do it! Shot on the streets of Panauti...
Tomorrow is my last full day in Nepal, so I'm going to take a bit of a social media break to really enjoy it! I'm handing the reigns of my Twitter and Instagram stories over to a fellow blogger for a few days while she explores a less visited part of Puglia in #Italy.
Dannielle is the girl behind While I'm Young, a UK based travel and lifestyle blog that encourages people to fit adventure into their lives.
Make sure you follow along to see what she gets up to!
Twitter - https://twitter.com/em_luxton
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/em_luxton/
"I once saw a dog riding a horse in Colombia and it was the all-time highlight of my life."
May Travel Round Up
Curious about what I got up to this month? Come check it out in this mini round up - with all the highlights from #Nepal!
PLUS find out where I'm going next - and who with. Hint, she's one of my favourite blogging buddies, and she likes mojitos even more than I do! I'm SO excited to spend a few days hanging out her next month, and that makes the pain of leaving Nepal on Saturday a little bit more bearable!
Exploring the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini. I've never seen so many gorgeous temples in one place! #htm2017
NEW: A Dream Trip to the Maldives
Emirates Holidays asked me to share a few ideas for my dream trip to the Maldives. This is what I came up with! (#spon)
An oldie but a goodie. This is still one of my favourite posts, and although I've visited more countries now, I still think that slow travel is the best way.
What do you guys think?
Oh my gosh, what an incredible couple of days at Meghauli Serai - Chitwan National Park - A Taj Safaris Lodge 😍
My villa was gorgeous - complete with outdoor shower and a private pool overlooking the jungle. The food was amazing, especially last night's traditional Tharo (the indigenous culture) dinner, with dance performances from the local community. And yesterday we took a jeep safari into the jungle.
Deer, wild boar, monkeys, a couple of elephants, and loads of white rhinos. We even got out the jeep to stand about 15 feet from a bathing rhino! All finished off with an evening boat rise under a dramatic thunder storm, and sundowners served on our jeep bonnet!
What an unforgettable experience 😊
Thank you so much to our hosts Taj Safaris. We have had the most wonderful stay! #Nepal
So far today, I have been mostly hanging out with rhinos in Chitwan National Park. Every day in #Nepal just gets better and better!
With Meghauli Serai - Chitwan National Park - A Taj Safaris Lodge. This place is so beautiful!
There's still time to enter my #giveaway. You could win a pair of tickets to Common People Festival in Southampton this weekend - don't miss it.
Today has been absolutely unforgettable! I'm staying in a homestay with a local family in Panauti with Panauti Community Homestay.
Our host Anjana took us to some of the local temples (without being charged a tourist fee!) and inside one we sat with some guys who were playing music. We explored the town and met locals (so many cute kids)! And our hosts made us the most delicious meals - all home cooked and 100% authentic. This is my favourite way to travel!
Can't wait to share my video footage with you all soon. Meanwhile, follow my Instagram stories (em_luxton) to see more. Tomorrow we're off to the jungle 😄
Don't miss my AWESOME new #giveaway to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to Common People Southampton this weekend!
Another incredible day in Nepal 😄 Exploring Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu
NEW! Flash competition. I have a pair of tickets for Common People Southampton this weekend to giveaway. Prize is going to be drawn on Thursday so there's not long to enter!
Click below if you fancy going!
Welcome to Nepal 🇳🇵
I'm so happy to be back in Asia, it's been too long! Spent the last two days soaking up the Kathmandu craziness. Insane traffic, busy markets, cheeky monkeys and gorgeous hindu temples. Loving life 😊
See more on my Insta stories: https://instagram.com/em_luxton
NEW: Holiday Glam in a Budget
I've teamed you with Quiz Clothing to prove that looking good while you travel needn't break the banking!
Some fab outfits for less than £50 - including the best hat in the world! I can't wait for a beach trip so I can crack that bad boy out 😄
Fun couple of days in my old uni town of Southampton, seeing a totally different side of the city. It's gotten a lot cooler since I left!!
History walk with SEE Southampton, lunch (and amazing cakes) at The Pig Hotel, exploring the Tudor house Southampton and the Titanic exhibition at Sea City Museum Southampton, and beer tasting at the fab Dancing Man Brewery. Plus last night I finally got to watch the absolutely terrifying Woman in Black at Nuffield Southampton Theatres!
Lots of rain. Lots of culture. Lots of yummy food!
NEW: Local's Guide to South East London
A bit of a bumper-guide packed full of insider tips from my favourite bloggers and Londoner friends. The best places to stay, eat, and drink around Bermondsey and South East #London.
Thanks to The Bermondsey Square Hotel for hosting me (spon) and to the following bloggers: A Brit and a Broad, Wanderlust Chloe, A Pair of Passports, 2foodtrippers, SilverSpoon London, The TRVL Blog, The Curious Explorers, The Discoveries Of, The Lifestyle Enthusiast.
Currently working on a top secret project and can't tell you where I am. But I feel like I can get away with sharing a sneak peak of tonight's dessert. Because, well, look at it!
Full details to be revealed soon...
NEW: How to Ease Yourself into Long Term Travel
Your first time backpacking or travelling long term can be pretty daunting. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make life easier. These are a few of my top tips for easing yourself into long-term travel and life on the road…
Explore four of America's best national parks without ever leaving your home thanks to Trek America Travel's awesome new 360 videos.
PLUS - be in with a chance to #win a three week adventure in western USA! Click below to find out how - and to see the videos in all their 360-degree glory!
NEW: Spring City Break Packing List
How to create four looks from just 12 items! This is my guide to packing light for your next mini break by making your clothes go as far as possible. Perfect if you only have hand luggage.
Big thanks to MandM Direct for sponsoring this post - and bumping up my travel wardrobe!
WAHOOO!!!! My Dorset blog post was one of the Lonely Planet's Top Posts for last month ☺️☺️☺️
Thanks so much you guys! #lp
NEW: How I Make Money Travel Blogging
Everyone I ever meet asks me the same question these days - "how do you make money"?
Frankly, I was getting tired of answering. So I wrote it all down - along with some handy hints on how to do the same. Enjoy...
Voting closes tomorrow for the Flight Centre UK blog awards.
If you haven't already, pleeeeeeaaaaase vote for me as your favourite established travel blog!
Woohoo - I've been featured as Travel Blog of the Month over on Backpax Travel - thanks guys! #travelblog
Since today marks eleven years since my family lost our mum, I thought I'd re-share this post...
"It’s not just the grief or the mourning, or the fact that certain dates and events are slightly tainted. The loss changes you almost physically, in a way I don’t think anybody who still has their parents can understand. It comes to define you."
It cost me a lot to share that post, but last year I felt I needed to mark the end of a decade somehow. And what blew me away was how many people got in touch to say that they'd been through the same, or that my thoughts had touched them.
So here it all is again. My thoughts on how to cope with loss, why travel is a glorious answer, and how life is just too fucking short...