It’s Time to Learn Why Emily Luxton Travels and How She Funds Her Lifestyle

Travel Blogger Emily Luxton
Emily in Bangkok, Thailand

Hi! My name’s Emily Luxton, I’m a full time travel blogger and freelance writer from the south coast of England (Weymouth, specifically!). Right now, I’m in Nicaragua, a few weeks into a three-month backpacking trip around Central America. Naturally, I’m a massive travel addict and love exploring the world. I also love photography, writing, and good movies.

How and why did you get into traveling?

Honestly, I don’t really know how it all started. For as long as I remember, I dreamed about adventure and exploring. As I got older, that transferred itself to dreams of travel. But it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I finally got out the door – it was thanks to my ex boyfriend really. We travelled to Malaysia together early in our relationship and from then on I was hooked. Since then I’ve either been travelling, thinking about travelling, or planning my next trip!

Travel Blogger Emily Luxton
Emily on Isla Holbox in Mexico

How do you prepare and finance your adventures and travels?

I don’t really plan or prepare much, if I’m honest! I like to make things up as I go along and be as spontaneous as possible when I travel, so I tend not to do much research. Instead I just turn up and see what happens! But when it comes to making plans or finding top tips for a specific destination, I usually turn to Pinterest. As for keeping in shape, aside from to very rare bit of yoga (maybe once a month), I do nothing! These days, I’m on the road so often that it’s tough to stick to an exercise regime. Instead I hike as much as possible when I’m away and try to stay active most days.

It’s almost all financed with my blog, which I run as a full time business (although it’s a real passion project too). A lot of trips I do are sponsored by clients, usually tourist boards, who will pay for my travels in exchange for coverage. I also earn money through freelance writing and selling ads on my blog – most of which I spend on travel! At the moment, I’m backpacking and it’s all financed by myself through ads on my blog and freelance work.

Travel Blogger Emily Luxton
Emily on Mount Batur, Indonesia

Why is traveling important for you?

Travelling has become so ingrained in my life and my personality now that it’s hard to really explain what it is I love about it. But for me, I think travel is so important because of the human connections we make from it. Travelling shows me how varied and wonderful the world is – but also how ultimately we’re all the same.

How do you bring your things with you?

I usually travel with one large backpack and a smaller daypack for my valuables. At the moment, I’m using the Osprey Fairview backpack, which I love because it’s specific to a female shape so it’s extra comfortable. Since I have to travel with a lot of tech (including my laptop, camera, and lenses), I have quite a big daypack – the 25L Berghaus 24/Seven daypack. It’s a really nice sturdy backpack so I love it.

Travel Blogger Emily Luxton

How do you organize things in your bags?

With packing cubes! I’m seriously messy and tend to lose things easily because of the way I just throw my stuff everywhere. Packing cubes help negate that because they organize my bag and keep things together. I love the eBags packing cubes, which so far have lasted me over three years and are still going strong. I’ll have one for undies, one for clothes, and a small one for loose bits and pieces (like cables and stuff). It’s like a set of drawers for your bag!

How do your bags and gear hold up?

So far it’s all going strong. I have a pair of decent walking shoes with me on this trip, the Columbia Conspiracy Outdry Trail Shoes. But I am sort of wishing I had some full hiking boots since I’ve done a few more active volcano hikes and things.

Travel Blogger Emily Luxton

Any gear you wish you had brought with you from the beginning?

Right now, I’m wishing I had more than one swimsuit with me! But apart from that I have everything I need, after a few years of travel, I’m pretty good at packing!

What has been your best travel-related purchase below $100?

I’ve already raved about them but it’s probably the eBags packing cubes. They’re one of the most useful things I own! I love my Zero Rules t shirt from Columbia, too. Normally I hate sports tops because they tend to have high necks, which make me look fat, but the Zero Rules shirt is a really nice cut and it’s great for hiking.

Travel Blogger Emily Luxton

What is your best advice for other travelers?

My best advice is just to do it! There are always lots of reasons why you shouldn’t – money, jobs, relationships, etc. But if travel is something you really want to do then you have to take a deep breath and go for it! A lot of new travellers tell me they’re scared, especially about meeting people and making friends if they’re travelling alone. But once you hit the road, you start to realize how easy it is, and you’ll really open up. There’s nothing better than getting out of your comfort zone. So just go for it!

Travel Blogger Emily Luxton

What will the future bring?

Who knows? I’ll be in Central America until about Christmas time, but I have no plans for next year yet. One of my dreams is to get a group together to drive all the way from Alaska to Argentina. But I can’t drive so it’s more of a pipe-dream at the moment! My big goal is to write a book so hopefully next year I will actually get to work on that too.

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