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
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?
NEW: Olive Oil Tourism in Catalonia
This is a whole new way to discover the gastronomy of Catalonia. Destination Makers and Catalunya Experience are putting together a new experiential travel programme in the area. I've collected a few of the highlights!
Some amazing restaurants, hotels, and olive farms here. A great way to explore the region through it's food and traditions. With Olea Soul, turisme gastronòmic autèntic.
#BloggerxCatalunya #wellolive #spon
And that's a wrap for my time in Austria 🇦🇹😍
Vorarlberg has completely blown my mind this week! Thanks for following my adventures 😄
If you fancy winning a trip to discover this gorgeous region yourself, click below to enter Visit Austria's fab competition and you could be heading to Urlaubsland Vorarlberg soon!
Summer in the alps can be kind of unpredictable! Today's hike started with misty pine forests straight out of a horror movie, and ended with brilliant sunshine and spectacular valley views as I took the cable car back down to Brand. But whatever the weather, Vorarlberg never ceases to amaze me!
Don't forget, at 8pm BST I'm going to be running a Live Q&A right here on my Facebook page. So tune in and ask me a question!
With Brandnertal and Visit Austria 🇦🇹
Today... I fell a little bit in love 💙
This is the Lünersee in #Brandnertal. It's 1,970m above sea level, about 6km around, and absolutely, ridiculously beautiful. I've never seen such blue water in my life.
Definitely the highlight of my #uncoveraustria trip so far. I spent most of the morning hiking around the lake, stopping every ten steps or so to take photos, and feeling completely awed. Photos really don't do it justice, but I've tried!
- With VisitAustria and Brandnertal.
Exciting news!!! 😊 On Thursday evening I'm going to attempt my first EVER Facebook Live, streaming from my hotel here in Vorarlberg, Austria 🇦🇹
It's gonna be a Q&A, so comment with your questions below OR tune in and ask them live.
If you want to hear me chat a bit about what I've been up to this week, or you have a burning question for me about Vorarlberg, about Austria, or just about anything you fancy, really... tune in on Thursday at 8pm UK time and ask away. See you there 😊
Another jam packed and absolutely gorgeous day in #Lech! First up, a lovely valley hike to learn all about the alpine herbs and flowers - part of the summer programme organised by Lech Zürs am Arlberg tourist board.
Then, I took the cable car up to Rüfikopf. At 2350m altitude, the views from up were pretty incredible. I don't really have the words for it!
Also found time to swing by the Museum Huber-Hus in town to learn about how life in the mountains used to be. It's been a really fun day with so many pretty photo ops 😍
Finally - I have an exciting announcement! On Thursday at 8pm (UK time) I'll be doing my first ever Facebook Live from Austria. Make sure you tune in to ask me all about my trip!
#uncoveraustria #spon. With VisitAustria and Urlaubsland Vorarlberg 🇦🇹
In the mountains of Bregenzerwald there's a tiny town called Krumbach which has about 1000 inhabitants and 7 of the most creative bus stops I've ever seen 🇦🇹😍
They were designed by architects from all over the world and each one is totally unique!
Read more here: http://www.bregenzerwald.at/s/en/busstop-krumbach
#uncoveraustria #bregenzerwald #spon
Whew! The first 24 hours or so in Urlaubsland Vorarlberg have been a complete whirlwind of crazy weather, stunning views, and great food. This is such a fun way to #UncoverAustria - check out my Insta Stories to see!
This morning started bright and early, cycling Lake Constance in Bregenz with Bodensee-Vorarlberg. Man that is one pretty lake!!
Next up, I took a bus to Bregenzerwald for some mountain hiking in Schonenbach. Obviously, the rain hit just as soon as I started to walk - but the scenery just looked all the more epic under those moody grey skies. And it cleared right up whilst I polished off a mammoth apple strudel! Right now I'm at the gorgeous Hotel Bären in Mellau with the mountains so close I could almost touch them from my balcony.
In short - it's been a VERY good day!
See it all on IG stories: https://www.instagram.com/em_luxton/
#visitbregenz #bregenzerwald #spon
When you travel a lot, it can sometimes stop feeling as exciting. Especially the boring bits like airports. But they don't need to be boring, so today I decided to make the most of my time at Heathrow Airport and it's been lovely!
My slap up breakfast at The Perfectionists' Café, with a cheeky Bucks Fizz (why not eh?) certainly helped! I'm also pretty sure Heathrow put on all their very best staff today. Everything's gone smoothly, and everyone's been lovely! Makes a pretty nice change from the usual stress of travel. Big thanks to the staff at the Perfectionists Café this morning, especially my lovely waiter 😊
Currently on board my flight to Zurich with Swiss International Air Lines. Next stop, Vorarlberg in Austria. Stay tuuuuuned 🇦🇹😄
NEW: Murcia Travel Guide
Everything you need to know about what to see, do and eat in Murcia - "perfect city break for those who don't really like cities". Come discover a little slice of off-the-beaten-path perfection in Spain (with the tastiest pastries you'll ever see)...
#SpainCities #SpainCitiesMurcia #ad
In honour of the Fourth of July, Ocean Florida have given me a really fun travel goody bag to giveaway to a lucky reader. Entering couldn't be easier - so what are you waiting for?! Good luck 😁
NEW: Twelve Awesome Things to do in Vietnam
12 highlights of #Vietnam, one for every month of the year. A guide to the best things to do in one of my favourite countries, to help you plan when to visit! #spon
NEW: June Travel Round Up
Everything I got up to last month! With eight flights, four countries, twenty trains, and eleven different beds - June was the busiest month of my year so far. Time to chill out again I think!
NEW: Fun Things to do in Edmonton
Most people who head to Edmonton seem to just be passing through on the way to Alberta's national parks. But there are loads of really fun reasons to add a few days in this city to your Alberta itinerary.
Come check out what I discovered there!
#ExploreEdmonton with Edmonton Tourism 😀 #ad
I cannot stop watching this video 😲 it's insane!
NEW: Discover Elk Island National Park in Edmonton
One of the highlights of my recent trip to Canada with Edmonton Tourism was our overnight stay in Elk Island National Park. It may not be as well known as Banff or Jasper, but there are plenty of reasons to add this park to your Alberta itinerary.
Check out my post to find out all about it and see why you should plan a visit to Elk Island National Park!
NEW: Exploring the Pink Salt Flats in Puglia
A couple of weeks ago, Dannielle from While I'm Young headed to Puglia on my behalf with Destination Makers. Here's what she discovered there...
What's your favourite European country? Mine is easily Spain 😄🇪🇸💛😍
Had an amazing week last week exploring first Catalunya with Destination Makers, then Murcia with Spain.info and Destino Región de Murcia.
Gorgeous weather, way too much incredible food, and lots of beautiful views! Such a good trip. Back in the UK now and excited to work on the blog posts 😊
#BloggerxCatalunya #SpainCities #SpainCitiesMurcia #ad
So full and sleepy after an amazing lunch at Asador La Alberca, in the village of La Alberca just outside of Murcia. My last meal in Spain 😢 (for now).
Spanish cuisine is honestly one of my top five favourites in the world, and one of the things I love most about it is how each region seems to have its own special desserts.
Here in Murcia, my number one discovery is tocino de cielo, that sticky orange coloured thing at the back there. The name means "bacon of heaven" and it's basically pure sugary goodness. Not sure what it has to do with bacon, but they definitely got the heaven part right 😂
Here with Spain.info and Destino Región de Murcia for the #SpainCities project.
#SpainCitiesMurcia #WeLoveMurcia #ad
Just a casual nine hours at the spa today 😂
The Balneario de Archena is absolutely massive, I was there all day and I still don't feel like I made the most of it all. After some amazing treatments, natural thermal waters, and one hell of a lunch, I'm feeling pretty relaxed right now!
I'm in Murcia with Spain.info for the #SpainCities project this weekend. So much to discover here!
#SpainCitiesMurcia #WeLoveMurcia #spon
Day one in Murcia for the #SpainCities project. Ten bloggers in ten cities across the country - make sure you follow the hashtag to see us all.
I've been up the Murcia Cathedral tower to see the amazing views, explored the narrow streets, stuffed myself with pastries (thanks Confiteria Espinosa), visited a few museums, and popped into some of Murcia's best shops. Phew!
Just enjoying a well-earned rest in the aircon at NH Amistad Murcia before I head out again for tapas - YAY. Make sure you're following on my Insta-stories (today's cake-fail is pretty funny/embarrassing) to see it all live: https://www.instagram.com/em_luxton/
With Turismo de Murcia and Spain.info 🇪🇸 #spon
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!
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