Today was the last day of our tour with Costa Rican Trails and I was genuinely gutted to say goodbye to such an awesome group of people 💔 Lucky for me I'm not heading home with the rest of the blogger group, because I'm now starting my own adventure in Latin America 😊
For our last stop we stayed at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, a stunning eco hotel in the cloud forest near San Ramon. We arrived to thick mist and drizzle, so I had no idea that such amazing views and rich greenery was awaiting me when I woke up 💚🌴
We had a nature filled morning exploring the hotel grounds. Hummingbirds, leaf cutter ants (which I have a new respect for after this trip) and meeting the cows at the hotel's own dairy farm. Such a cool experience - and a shame I couldn't stay longer!
Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board British Airways
Costa Rica is just so beautiful 💚 Our last stop in Arenal today was La Fortuna waterfall, and it was so worth the climb down 💦😊
"You don't climb the mountain so everyone can see you, you climb it so that you can see the world yourself" - Guru Sloth, 2017
(There were quotes all the way down the steps with inspirational quotes from Guru Sloth!)
With Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways
Zip lining in front of an active volcano with Costa Rica Sky Adventures. So. Much. Fun 😄
Exploring Arenal with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways and having an absolute blast. Follow along on Insta stories too, I'm @em_luxton there.
Fun filled couple of days in Tortuguero at Pachira Lodge 💚
There are no roads, so we had to arrive by plane and explore the area by boat and kayak. We've seen so much wildlife in the last 24 hours 🍃🌴🙊🦎 This morning I got my wish and spotted a little group of baby caiman (see if you can spot it in the photos), and while we were kayaking yesterday we saw loads of monkeys, birds, and a basilisk lizard.
But the absolute highlight was last night after dark, when we were able to watch sea turtles building nests and laying eggs 🐢 AND we saw some babies hatching and making their way down to the sea 💚 We weren't allowed any lights except an infra-red torch so I have no photos, but the experience was absolutely incredible!
We're in the jungle baby! 🌴💚🍃😊
Hopped on a teeny tiny little 12 seater plane this morning to fly to Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast 🌴 We're staying at Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero, and it's amazing being so close to nature. All I can hear is bird calls right now!
Spent the morning exploring Tortuguero and swimming in the pool surrounded by gorgeous tropical birds. Now we're off kayaking to see some more wildlife, and tonight we're headed out to the beach to see if we can spot some hatching turtles 🐢💚 Costa Rica is too awesome!
With Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways
Welcome to Costa Rica 😍
Spent the morning exploring San José city centre and the weekly farmers market. We're staying at the Hotel Grano de Oro,Costa Rica, which is absolutely stunning. And when the sun shines in the morning the city is so colourful. Absolutely loving it already and can't wait to head to the jungle tomorrow 😄
Naples is famous for its incredible, artisanal nativity scenes! When I visited last weekend with Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli, I had a look down the Via San Gregorio Armeno, a road jam-packed with sculptors and artists selling the most amazing, detailed, and beautiful sculptures.
They're all hand made and painted, and in Arte Ferrigno I was lucky enough to watch some of the artists in action! #NaplesToday
NEW POST! 6 Reasons to Visit Bregenz
This gorgeous city in Bodensee-Vorarlberg is really special! Nature, culture, and amazing modern architecture - there's so much to discover. Come find out why you need to add Bregenz to your must-visit list...
#uncoveraustria #bregenz #spon
WAHOO 😄 My amazing friend Macca, who used to be one third of A Brit and a Broad, has launched a fab new site! He takes the best photos of any travel blogger I know, so make sure you go check it out and show him some love!
Naples has been absolutely beautiful! This is the view from the roof terrace at Grand Hotel Oriente. Definitely one of the best breakfast views I've ever had - and one of the warmest welcomes I've ever had from the hotel staff too!
I have so many more photos to come from my #NaplesToday trip, so stay tuned! #spon
It's been a day of food and art here in #NaplesToday - and really is there any better way to get to know a city?!
Pizza at 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo, lots of interesting art at Museo MADRE, street food, beautiful buildings, and some really fascinating history and ancient art Museo Archeologico di Napoli. Yep, it's been awesome 😄
Head over to my Insta stories to see behind the scenes: https://instagram.com/em_luxton
Oh yes Naples 😍
Day one done and it's been bloody amazing! Walking tour of the historic centre with the lovely Francesca, followed by a vespa tour of the city's best sites with NapolinVespa Tour. Seriously, is there any better way to explore Naples than by vespa?! It was so, so fun and we got some incredible views of the city and Mount Vesuvius 😍🇮🇹🛵
All rounded by off by a genuinely amazing (and blooming massive) dinner at 50 Panino di Ciro Salvo. Pretty sure I'm going home about double the size, but it's definitely worth it! #NaplesToday
LOVING this post by VickyFlipFlopTravels all about Victorious Festival in Southsea. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN 🤩🎉
NEW POST! Six of the Coolest Museums in NYC
How many have you been to?
In case you missed the announcement in last week's round up post (http://bit.ly/2vKWDRn) - this weekend I'm off on my 11th trip of the year - Naples 😆
I'll be discovering all the best art and museums of the city with the #NaplesToday2017 project. And, of course, I'll be eating as much food as possible!!
Hit me up with your recommendations for this city - and stay tuned here and on Instagram to see what I get up to:
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HUGE announcement in today's post - where I'm headed next 😄✈️🎒🗺️
That's right, I'm grabbing my backpack and running away again for at least the next three months 😄 Come find out where...
Sharing this video of Mexico's amazing pink lakes again. Because pink lakes do not get old, do they?! #mexico
Awesome weekend of fun in the sun at Victorious Festival with Globalhelpswap and VickyFlipFlopTravels ☀️🍦🥂😄
I'm saying goodbye to Southsea tomorrow after living here for four months, and I couldn't have asked for a better send off! Great tunes, lots of drinks, sunshine, seaside, and fab company. Makes me sad to be leaving but the next adventure is going to be EPIC (stay tuned this week to find out where I'm off next 😄). #itsalwayssunnyinsouthsea
NEW POST!! All about my time in Chitwan with Meghauli Serai & Taj Safaris Jungle Lodge, Chitwan
Thanks Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris 😍 #htm2017
This is amazing 😍
NEW POST! Do you have a favourite portable speaker for travel?
NEW POST! My review of the American Tourister Bon Air suitcase.
I've found the one 😍
Looking for somewhere to escape to this weekend? This post is for you...
Planning a solo trip, but feeling a bit shy about it? This post is for you!! I'd love to know your thoughts, especially if you have tips of your own 😊 #oldpost
If you went travelling after a big break up - I'd LOVE to hear your story.
I spent almost the whole of last year travelling and it was the perfect cure for me. In particular - solo travel, trying new things, and challenging myself. This was my story 😊 I'd love to hear your thoughts! #oldpost
Wahoo! I was nominated for best Adventure / Outdoor blog in the The Activity People: Activities, Sports, Book Online Blogger Awards. If you love my blog, please give me a vote - it only takes a second!
Vote here: http://bit.ly/2viRtPM
Which do you prefer - beaches or mountains?
Have you read my Instagram post? Sometimes it's good to vent...
NEW: Top Things to do in Brand During Summer
My third and final post showcasing the very best of Urlaubsland Vorarlberg during summer. This alpine region may be known for it's snowy ski towns, but in summer the hills tell a very different story! Come discover all the amazing things to do in Brand this season...
#UncoverAustria with Visit Austria this summer! #spon
I'm a little bit obsessed by this video!! So amazing 😍 Who wants to do this with me?!
NEW: What to Eat in Murcia
The second of my #SpainCities posts focuses on my favourite thing about Spain - the food!
Murcia has so many unique dishes and local specialities to discover. This is a round up of all my favourites. Including a very large section on desserts 😋 Who else has a massive sweet tooth?!
With Destino Región de Murcia and Spain.info
NEW: July Travel Round Up
Find out where I went and what I got up to last month - and how I feel about turning THIRTY!! Yep, last month was my birthday, the big one, and now you're looking at a bonafide, official, no-more-video-games-and-sweets* GROWN UP!
Click the link and read my post to find out more about July. And let me know what you think I should do next 😉
NEW: Top Things to do in Lech This Summer
Lech Zürs am Arlberg might be best known as one of Austria's most popular ski resorts. But this gorgeous alpine town is a beauty all year round. I headed there earlier this month and found so much to do! Here's a round-up of my summertime Lech highlights...
#UncoverAustria #spon With Visit Austria and Urlaubsland Vorarlberg.
Welcome to Lünersee - one of my favourite #UncoverAustria discoveries!
I made a little video of this gorgeous lake near Brandnertal in Austria's alpine Vorarlberg region. 1910m above sea level, crazy-blue, and absolutely one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen! Hope you like it!!
If you fancy seeing it for yourself, check out my Vorarlberg Summer Guide for more information.
It's my BIRTHDAY! In celebration, here are a bunch of photos of ME 🤣
A few highlights of my year so far! Cant help thinking about my next adventure today - where do you guys think I should head next?
NEW: Six Things to do in New Zealand
Got a lovely guest post from Volle on Tour - all about one of my all-time dream destinations. Here's hoping I can get myself to NZ sometime soon to try some of these!
NEW: Vorarlberg in Summer
Thought the alps were just for skiing? Think again! ⛰🌸 Here's my mini guide to exploring Vorarlberg this season.
Gorgeous nature, great food (so much cheese 🧀), and loads of ways to get active - plus THAT lake (you know, the one I'm newly smitten with?!). Definitely add Austria's alpine Vorarlberg region to your summer wish-list!
#UncoverAustria #visitvorarlberg #spon
NEW - Offbeat Cambodia and Laos
InsideAsia Tours asked me to put together a few highlights of things I'd love to see in these two countries. I'm considering heading to both this year so it seemed like good timing! Have you been? Send tips! #spon
Time to get something off my chest... I think Instagram might be ruining my life a little bit.
Airing a few thoughts and frustrations on it all to make myself feel better. Am I the only one feeling downright miserable about Instagram lately?