Today my interviewee is Emily Luxton from Emily Luxton Travels (possibly related :P). Emily’s blog is simply amazing, there is so much content on it and it’s all of the highest quality, with plenty of guest posts as well so a great deal of the world gets covered. Enjoy!
Hi! I’m Emily and I blog at Emily Luxton Travels. It’s a very personal blog about my journeys around the world, focusing on Deep Travel. I like to travel slowly when I can, and try to really get to know new destinations I visit through their culture and food, so my blog tends to be more geared towards that.
- What made you decide to start a blog?
I’d wanted to be a travel writer since I was about 16 and read Kira Salak’s The Cruellest Journey, but for some reason I’d never done anything about it. A few years ago, I’d pretty much given up, but a friend of mine gave me some books about travel writing for my birthday and some really great words of encouragement, which gave me the drive to try again. She suggested I start a travel blog for practice, so I did – and every day I’m still surprised by the result!
- What have your favourite experiences been away from home/the place where you were born?
There are too many to list here! Machu Picchu was an absolutely breathtaking experience – watching the sunrise over my shoulder as I climbed the ancient Inca steps, and then discovering this spectacular, mist-laden ruined city at the top.
Learning to ski in Tignes earlier this year was another amazing experience. I’d never done it before and was really nervous, but the feeling of pride that came with overcoming my fears and finding out that I was actually reasonably good at something so tough, was a really rewarding experience.
- When you write your blog, who are you writing for?
Mostly for myself. I love my readers and obviously I care about what they think, but at it’s heart this is a personal blog and my best posts are the ones I write just for me. My more popular ones are the posts I write with sharing in mind, usually Top Five style posts, as these do get a lot more shares on social media – but I think the engagement on my more personal posts is much higher, even if they reach a smaller portion of my audience.
- What advice would you give for anyone wanting to start their own travel blog?
I would say that you need to make sure you have at least one of the following skills to “make it”: writing, photography, design, marketing, or a great personality. Anyone can start a blog, but if it’s not really good chances are no one is going to read it. I think when people talk about how easy it is to get started and even to monetise your blog, they neglect to mention the most important thing; you have to be interesting. It’s also really important to spend a lot of time building and engaging with your audience across a variety of social media channels.
Finally – be prepared for your blog to take over your life. If you really love it, it will become more of an obsession than a passion. I put my blog before almost all other aspects of my life and it really has taken over, to the point where I sometimes even make dinner or clothing choices based on what will look best for the blog!
- What do you enjoy writing about most on your blog?
Food! Well, food posts are the ones I most enjoy researching, at least. I love doing food tours or cooking classes to really get to know as much as possible, and turning that into a post. And I especially love eating everything I can in the name of research!
- What’s the hardest thing about running a blog?
Managing my time! When I’m travelling, I have to strike a balance between sightseeing and exploring, socialising, and working on my blog, which can take several hours a day. It’s very tough, and usually one area gets neglected, often my social life. If I decide to be social or have a few nights out, the admin side of my blog slips, or I have to waste full days indoors working full time to make up for it. It’s very difficult to find the right balance so that I don’t fall behind or go insane!
- Please recommend three blog posts you’d like readers of this to read!
Why I Don’t Count Countries – a post about my travel style and blog values.
Holi in Rishikesh – my best photos from the festival of colour in India.
Twelve Fears 2016 Challenge – all about why I’m doing one thing a month that scares me this year.
- How can people find your blog and find you on social media?
You can find me on Emily Luxton Travels (www.emilyluxton.co.uk) and the following social media:
Twitter @em_luxton https://twitter.com/em_luxton
Instagram @em_luxton https://www.instagram.com/em_luxton
Also, anyone interested in learning more about travel blogging or starting a travel blog might be interested in checking out my new blog, Let’s Be Travel Bloggers.
So a massive THANK YOU to Emily for her time, please do check out her blog, I mean her blogs! May the Journey Never End!